Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities (CTCB)

Queensland University of Technology

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Researcher holding pulped sugar cane and biofuel

The Centre brings together a unique mix of expertise in plant biotechnology, industrial chemistry and process engineering creating a continuum from research and development through to field trials and commercialisation.

Website https://www.qut.edu.au/research/our-research/institutes-centres-and-research-groups/centre-for-tropical-crops-and-biocommodities

Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Plant biotechnology
  • Plant genomics
  • Biorefining and bioproducts
  • Industrial chemistry
  • Process engineering

Facilities and major equipment

  • State of the Art Physical Containment (PC2) Laboratories
  • Extensive Molecular Biology Laboratories
  • Plant Tissue Culture Laboratories
  • State of the Art Chemistry Laboratories
  • New, high security plant growth facilities (convirons and greenhouse)
  • MRBPP, a unique research and development facility
  • Range of small scale process development units
  • Automated Liquid Handling Robot

Number of research staff

20-100 research staff


Queensland University of Technology, 2 George Street, , Brisbane Queensland, 4000

Lead researchers

  • Distinguished Professor James Dale—Officer of the Order of Aust, Elected Fellow of ATSE, Qld Great, Time Magazine Top 25 Inventions of 2014
  • Professor Peter Waterhouse—Fellow of Australian Academy
  • Professor Ian O'Hara—Appointed to State/National/International Reference Group - Biofutures Industry Reference Group

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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