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GRDC 2014 Research Summaries

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The research will compare the use of two different approaches to sample and measure management induced changes in soil carbon stores... We will compare the use of conventional sampling methods, which are based on bulking and laboratory analysis, with a new approach that uses a combination of soil sensing technologies... The new sensor-based approach will help to improve the characterisation of the spatial variability of agricultural soil to depth, leading to a better understanding of soil organic carbon and its effects on nutrient cycling, structural stability and ensuing effects on water ...
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In 2011, Australian agriculture used a combined 1632 kt of N, P and K to manage soil nutritional constraints to production... Dr Mark Conyers is a Principal Research Scientist of NSW DPI (Wagga Wagga) and has over 30 years experience in soil nutritional chemistry in southern grains farming systems... Dr Conyers is one of several senior nutritional soil scientists around Australia in a similar situation, the retirement of which will substantially reduce the pool of expertise in this field for the entire Australian grains industry. This proposed investment will result in the appointment of a...
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The introduction and maturation of next-generation sequencing technology provides an excellent opportunity to develop genome-wide molecular markers and genomic breeding tools for breeding next generation of barley varieties with improvement of productivity, adaptation and better marketability... The project will decode about 800 million genetic letters of barley chromosome 7H in about 8000 clones using next generation sequencing technology... The success of the project will enable breeders and pre-breeders to access the genomic sequence to dissect the genes on chromosome 7H for yield, adap...
" MCV Phase IV Project Management Committee.. Researcher's Name: Organisation: Managing Climate Variability Program Email: Phone: Fax: Project Code: MCV00040 Contract Start: 7/1/2013 Contract End: 6/30/2016.. Research..
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A comprehensive literature capture, literature survey and information audit on fifteen crops (wheat, barley, canola, sorghum, chickpea, lupin, mungbean, sunflowers, maize, faba bean, safflower, linseed, durum wheat, soybean, field peas) will be undertaken... The audit will indicate the year of release and relevant region for each publication as well as evaluating its currency, availability, quality and suitability... The audit will be incrementally supplied to GRDC over the projects course feeding reference sources and copies of all accessible materials into the GRDC Northern Region Scienc...
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The previous project ANU00014 led to the identification of wheat genes induced by mechanical stress on roots such as occurs during soil drying or the encounter by root tips of compact soil... The aim of the project is to determine, directly in wheat, the phenotypes induced by down- and up-regulation of target genes and their alleles, obtained through genetic manipulation... The project will contribute knowledge and molecular markers relating to the genetic determinants of the root phenotypes induced by mechanical stress in dry and hard soils, such as reduced growth, altered branching, root...
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Researcher's Name: Dr David Minkey Organisation: University of Western Australia Email: david.minkey@wantfa.com.au Phone: 0417999304 Fax: 0417999304 Project Code: UWA00163 Contract Start: 7/1/2013 Contract End: 6/30/2016.. A situation analysis of no-tillage in Western Australia (Derpsch, 2005) recommended that soil organic carbon and crop yield and water use efficiency could be improved by changing the system to include full stubble retention, diverse rotations with cover crops and a more holistic approach to weed management... From 2010 onwards the plots were split into high and low (wind...
The course will provide mid career-level grains industry personnel with the skills, motivation and capability to step up into more senior leadership roles in the Australian grains industry and provide more effective leadership at the local, regional and national level... Participants will develop: knowledge of personality types, including their own, the differences that exist within the community and how to effectively work with this diversity... An ongoing network (GRDC Allumni Network) will provide the opportunity for participants to continue sharing skills and knowledge within the group...
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The outcome of the project is a more profitable and secure Australian sorghum industry... Despite the great improvements in the yield potential, insect resistance and drought resistance of Australian sorghum varieties, there is still opportunity for improvement in each of these traits... By breeding with adapted types these improvements are "packaged" in lines that the seed companies can use to produce better hybrids for Australian farmers...
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New narrow-leafed lupin varieties will be developed through a flexible breeding program incorporating a broad genetic base equipped to respond to the changing needs of growers and to new opportunities provided by market research and product development... Breeding will continue for major lupin producing environments in Western Australia as well as including novel crossing for supply and evaluation of appropriate material in key environments in eastern Australia... Strong linkages will be maintained with pre-breeding and agronomy in DAFWA, CSIRO and UWA, food research at various Australian ...
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