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We have seen much of the traditional plant-breeding role of state agriculture departments replaced by private companies... Mace and Suntop were bred by Australian Grain Technologies (a company in which the GRDC is a partner) and LongReach Scout and LongReach Spitfire both come from LongReach, the first fully private wheat-breeding company started in Australia in 2002... The above are just a few examples, and there are similar advances being made in other crops, such as a superior new malting barley, Bass , from InterGrain, a plant-breeding collaboration between the GRDC, the WA Government (including the Department of Agriculture and Food, WA), and international companies Monsanto and Syngenta...
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