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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Northern New South Wales grower and agronomist Drew Penberthy is road-testing new research findings on a DNA-based soil test to help better predict crown rot risk in northern farming systems... "New soil sampling techniques for the PreDicta B test could provide savings in terms of the preparation and analysis of stubble testing for crown rot," Drew says... Drew, who also runs a business that provides stubble testing for crown rot and soil testing for root lesion nematodes, says most growers in the northern grains region undertake two separate tests for these cereal pathogens...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
Potential benefits and constraints of perennial wheat will be identified and research capacity will be built by identifying key expertise and developing collaboration with other Australian and overseas research agencies... With the data, robust simulations can be obtained to explore performance, seasonal and site variability, situations of adaptive advantage, and confident predictions of expected returns from perennial wheat... A detailed review and analysis of the literature on perennial wheat was conducted, addressing issues such as limitations to grain production, risks of biotic stresses, potential production and environmental benefits, breeding considerations, description of important traits and possible farming systems...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Using genetic material sourced from Washington State University and The Land Institute in Kansas, collaborating researcher Matt Newell, from the NSW Department of Primary Industries, says trials showed the experimental perennial wheat lines could be grazed for longer than current grazing wheats and still go on to produce harvestable grain... While there is concern about the potential disease risks that perennial wheat could pose to annual crops by acting as a green bridge, Mr Newell says the disease resistance of the experimental lines tested was excellent, in part because of strong disease resistance provided by the perennial parent... Although the results are encouraging, Mr Newell says the research is still in its early stages and additional work needs to be done to increase the robustness of the experimental lines so more plants survive over successive years...
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