Take home message Crystal A mungbean is a new variety of large, green-seeded mungbean broadly adapted to all mungbean production areas, and the most complete package of yield, quality and agronomy currently available to Australian mungbean growers Resistance to powdery mildew and tan spot has been identified in new germplasm Now developing and evaluating the next generation of mungbean varieties.. The National Mungbean Improvement Program was initiated in 2003 to develop and release new varieties with increased productivity and restore grower confidence in mungbean as a reliable summer cropping option... New lines that combine the yield and agronomic characteristics of current varieties with disease resistance will form the next generation of mungbean varieties...
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James Clark, GRDC northern panel chair says advances in yield are always welcome and a substantial gain of 12 per cent on the widely-grown mungbean variety, Crystal will advantage growers... Summer grains can also lift farm profits by adding income and potentially reducing fertiliser and other costs, he says... GRDC investments in pre-breeding allow breeders and seed companies to progress potential lines to release more efficiently, Mr Clark says...