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Gene swap creates larger breeding base

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About 200 breeding lines were exchanged between the three countries to improve resistance to the diseases blackleg, white rust and sclerotinia and also tolerance to pod shattering, drought and high temperatures, plus the traits required for canola-quality mustard... During two exchanges, 106 breeding lines of Brassica napus and 104 of B. juncea were exchanged between the three countries... All countries will benefit, with India and China seeking to replace their traditional rapeseed and mustard cultivars with Australian canola-quality (low erucic acid, low glucosinolate) B. napus varieties," Associate Professor Salisbury says...
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