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Students in Victoria's Wimmera region have had the chance to become familiar with private-sector grains R&D since a $14-million plant-breeding centre began operating adjacent to their classrooms... Bayer CropScience canola breeder David Pike says that, to date, the new facilities have given 10 students an insight into the processes involved in developing new crop varieties... As part of a 'research methods' subject, students are involved in a range of activities, from crossing plants in the glasshouse, to analysing wheat quality in the laboratory and harvesting trials, Mr Pike says...
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Plant breeders pre-empt climate effects.. Image of Dr Saman Seneweera (From left) Dr Saman Seneweera, with Dananjali Gamage and Michael Thompson (PhD students), Professor Saman Abeysinghe (Ruhuna University, Sri Lanka), Dr Achini De Silva (Sabaragamuwa University, Sri Lanka) and Associate Professor Hirotsu Naoki (visiting professor, Toyo University, Japan)... Researchers at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) are analysing the potential impact of climate change on wheat and rice nutrition, and identifying biochemical susceptibilities and ways to address them now...
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Plant breeders pre-empt climate effects.. Image of Dr Saman Seneweera (From left) Dr Saman Seneweera, with Dananjali Gamage and Michael Thompson (PhD students), Professor Saman Abeysinghe (Ruhuna University, Sri Lanka), Dr Achini De Silva (Sabaragamuwa University, Sri Lanka) and Associate Professor Hirotsu Naoki (visiting professor, Toyo University, Japan)... Researchers at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) are analysing the potential impact of climate change on wheat and rice nutrition, and identifying biochemical susceptibilities and ways to address them now...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
Faba beans are grown in two major regions in Australia, the Mediterranean-type environment of the Southern Region and the sub-tropical environment of northern New South Wales (NSW)... Recent surveys and trials have demonstrated that cercospora is now widely established throughout the Southern Region and can result in significant yield reduction... In both 2009 and 2010 a significant level of seed staining due to pea seedborne mosaic virus occurred and seed samples were assessed for incidence and severity of staining...
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We have seen much of the traditional plant-breeding role of state agriculture departments replaced by private companies... Mace and Suntop were bred by Australian Grain Technologies (a company in which the GRDC is a partner) and LongReach Scout and LongReach Spitfire both come from LongReach, the first fully private wheat-breeding company started in Australia in 2002... The above are just a few examples, and there are similar advances being made in other crops, such as a superior new malting barley, Bass , from InterGrain, a plant-breeding collaboration between the GRDC, the WA Government (including the Department of Agriculture and Food, WA), and international companies Monsanto and Syngenta...
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Research is showing that up to 1.6 million tonnes of carbon a year could be being stripped from agricultural soils by wind erosion... Leading the research, Dr Raphael Viscarra Rossel says the map, showing soil organic carbon stocks for every 90 metre square block across the country to a depth of 30 centimetres, with estimates of uncertainty, draws on soil sampling data, including the GRDC-funded Soil Carbon Research Program... "The map provides a reliable benchmark for monitoring the influence that changes in land cover, climate, land management and greenhouse gases have on soil carbon and carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere," Dr Viscarra Rossel says...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
It is recommended that GRDC supports in-service training opportunities for current plant breeders and PhD students at courses run at the International Centre for Plant Breeding Education and Research (ICPBER) at UWA, and internships for plant breeding PhDs in private plant breeding programs... GRDC project UWA00120 (1 July 2007 to 30 June 2010) was designed to attract Australian undergraduates and postgraduates into plant breeding at The University of Western Australia (UWA), develop in-service training opportunities, stimulate research and publication, and to support national collaboration in plant breeding education... More recent research can be found in..
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Rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) in our atmosphere will affect almost every aspect of crop production, from nutrition to plant breeding, grain quality and pest and disease threats... The concentration of CO 2 in the atmosphere is just greater than 400 parts per million, and the experiments run by the AGFACE team are exposing crops to concentrations of 550ppm, which is the predicted measure of atmospheric CO 2 by 2050... "We have also found that important micronutrient levels decrease under CO 2 , such as zinc and iron, which could contribute to human malnutrition in areas of the world where access to food is an issue."..
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There is a need to identify molecular markers linked to minor genes controlling resistance that are suitable for implementation in breeding... Achievements in identifying molecular markers and their genetic inheritance developed during this project have provided tools needed to track and select lines from breeding populations... Included in the agreement are other sources of resistance and homozygous populations that can be accessed by DAFWA in future collaborative research to identify and characterise novel sources of SNB resistance...
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The project has provided a resource to help the wheat and barley industries control fungal diseases... New sources of resistance were identified to help with the more intractable diseases and these were introgressed into adapted varieties for use by breeders... The project has provided the resources to conduct genetic studies into the control of resistance to some diseases...
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