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Genome sequencing of the pathogen that causes the wheat disease tan or yellow spot is expected to accelerate the release of more resistant varieties and improve resistance ratings for existing cultivars... The director of the Perth-based Australian Centre for Necrotrophic Fungal Pathogens (ACNFP), Professor Richard Oliver, says estimates that the disease causes annual losses of more than $200 million in Australian cropping might be conservative... Leader of tan spot research at ACNFP Dr Caroline Moffat says the new genome sequence means her team can focus on finding sequences for Australian isolates of the disease and genetic analysis of Australian wheat varieties...
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The project, led by Grain Growers Limited, aims to optimise the use of Australian wheat in the production of premium Chinese noodles and other food products... "Studies conducted under the project found that, in all cases, the higher the proportion of Australian wheat blended with Chinese wheat, the better the quality of Chinese noodles and bread," Grain Growers technical services manager and project leader Ken Quail said... Dr Quail said the Australian wheat for China research project aimed to encourage Australian wheat exports to China by developing and communicating knowledge about Australian wheat specifications for the production of premium wheat products in China...
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A recent study by American ecologists has found that GM insect-resistant crops containing a gene from a soil bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which allows them to produce an insect toxin, are still effective 15 years after they were first commercialised... According to the study, hardly any resistant pests have been found, and the resistance management strategy practised has proven successful... The management strategies are based on two key elements: first, the plants need to produce enough Bt protein to kill pests with low levels of resistance (high dose); second, refuge areas must be planted near Bt crops...
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A recent study by American ecologists has found that GM insect-resistant crops containing a gene from a soil bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), which allows them to produce an insect toxin, are still effective 15 years after they were first commercialised... According to the study, hardly any resistant pests have been found, and the resistance management strategy practised has proven successful... The management strategies are based on two key elements: first, the plants need to produce enough Bt protein to kill pests with low levels of resistance (high dose); second, refuge areas must be planted near Bt crops...
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GrainGrowers says exports of these grains to China are growing on the back of an expanding Chinese alcoholic-beverage sector... The value of tariff removal represents about $12 million a year in 2013 trade terms, with the benefit being shared between Chinese consumers and the Australian grains industry... Australian wheat exports to China will remain subject to an out-of-quota tariff of 65 per cent, and within-quota tariff of one per cent...
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The anniversary event paid tribute to grower-led research dating back to 1993, when a group of Birchip growers established the Birchip Cropping Demonstration Sites, which later became BCG... The not-for-profit organisation was set up to test the performance of grain varieties, pulse crops and farm products under local conditions and to facilitate farm management... In 2012, BCG conducted 100 research trials at 20 sites across the Wimmera and Mallee examining a range of issues - agronomy, farming systems, climate, plant nutrition, and management for disease, weeds and pests...
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