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New hope for Durum crown rot resistance

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New research results have given grain growers hope that partial resistance to the damaging disease crown rot may be around the corner for durum wheat... The figures are reported in the GRDC publication, The Current and Potential Costs from Diseases of Wheat in Australia , which also details estimates that if current control measures weren't in place crown rot would cost the industry $36.44/ha or $434 million per year... Dr Steven Simpfendorfer, NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), Tamworth plant pathologist says a GRDC-supported research project demonstrated that partial crown rot resistance present in hexaploid wheat lines could be transferred into durum wheats...
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