Co-operative Research Centres, or CRCs as they are known, are a new trend in agricultural research. Instead of organisations such as Departments of Agriculture or universities pursuing their own individual research projects, sometimes in competition or covering similar fields, the idea is to combine talents and expertise. CRCs were a Federal Government initiative launched in 1990, and the Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture was the first involving agriculture in Western Australia.
Hamblin, John and Maling, Ian
"Research : co-operation is the new style,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 35
, Article 5.
Available at: http://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol35/iss4/5