A peptide platform to fight pests threatening global food security (2023–2026)

This project aims to develop a platform technology for the efficient design of new crop protection agents based on peptides to protect Australia¿s food security. It will be first applied against the highly destructive fall armyworm, currently spreading alarmingly in Australia. The project is significant because insect pests cause huge economic and environmental impacts. Peptides are a new generation of crop protection agents that are potentially more effective and sustainable than chemical pesticides. Expected outcomes are a new rapid response technology and associated lead molecules to protect against current and emerging pests. Major benefits are increased food security, improved crop yields and a more sustainable agriculture industry.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
Funded by:
Australian Research Council