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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
The Barossa is classed as a cool climate grape growing area; it is at the warmer end of this classification (I believe it could quite happily grow warm climate type fruit with the right management, and so rightfully be classified as a dual climate area, if producers had enough suitable irrigation water available to them)... While I believe that temperature increases will not have any significant impact on our ability to grow grapes (we could have to change some varieties and wine styles produced ), I believe our biggest challenge in this area will be sourcing suitable water for irrigation... Our vineyard has 13 different grape varieties, and we sell most of the grapes we produce to other wine companies in the Barossa, including Yalumba, Peter Lehmann and Barossa Valley Estate...
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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
I wanted to see if there was the opportunity or need for Australia to co-operatively work with other sheep producing countries for the benefit of all sheep producers worldwide... There is high demand for increasing industry requirements and also from agriculture... There is an increasing demand by customers for finer high quality wool which is used in very fine knit wear and sportswear...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
International workshop in fight against global pest Australian crop scientists were among the only participants in an international workshop who did not leave at home a major global grain pest - the Russian wheat aphid - when they travelled to Singapore earlier this year... The workshop, which involved one of the most collaborative groups of scientists I've met with in some time, highlighted the critical need for an IPM approach," Dr Rainbow said... Dr Rainbow said the workshop also identified the imperative for further research to understand how Russian wheat aphid strains or biotypes are developing virulence to resistant varieties and causing increasing damage to wheat...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Royal Society honours rust researcher.. The CSIRO's Dr Jeff Ellis has been made a fellow of the world's oldest academy of sciences, The Royal Society in the UK, for his long-running research into the world's oldest agricultural scourge - rust disease of cereals... [Photo (left) by Brad Collis: Dr Jeff Ellis] Dr Ellis was nominated for research on the genetic basis of immunity to rust and for isolating the first rust resistance genes (from flax and maize) cloned anywhere in the world...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
InterGrain, the new West Australian wheat breeding company, has made an immediate impact in the market by the release of two outstanding new varieties, the high yielding Australian Premium White (APW) variety Magenta and the premium quality udon noodle grade variety Yandanooka... The Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) Wheat Breeding Program, which has consistently provided 80 - 90 per cent of varieties grown by WA farmers in the last decade, has transformed into the company InterGrain... Intergrain Wheat Breeder, Dr Iain Barclay, stresses that a particular strength of InterGrain's program is that wheat varieties are bred to cope with the stressful environment in WA. "We also look for parental material which will perform in different and even hostile soil conditions, such as acid, alkaline, saline, micronutrient deficient, waterlogged and boron or aluminium toxic soil," he said...
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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
I initially applied to Nuffield as a direct result of moving between two different farms and finding that I had to re-apply all my knowledge to areas that were initially simple to me... The key findings suggest that northern Australia is unique and quite different to most other parts of the world when this topic is examined... Partly because of this we tend to concentrate on farming the more fertile heavier clay based soils that hold moisture better, and then machine trafficability becomes an issue during the wet periods...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
We are moving from an information focused world to a networked world... The key skills will be the ability to harness the value in cooperating networks rather than being an "expert", plus the ability to be comfortable with, and gain advantage from uncertainty... The ability to create trusted links between people, to facilitate the ongoing exchange of value, and to make a contribution to the network that is not transactional in nature will be critical skills for the adviser of the future...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
The Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA) is a joint initiative of Ausbiotech, CropLife Australia, the GRDC and the National Farmers' Federation... Through the creation and sharing of research and knowledge, ABCA's work aims to place biotechnology and gene technology into context as another invaluable innovation for Australian agriculture, ensuring that science guides public policy for the future of farming... The commentary concludes: "current approaches for the safety and nutritional assessment of foods/feed derived from GM plants developed by national and international bodies like the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have proven to be proportionate and fit for purpose...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
InterGrain, the new West Australian wheat breeding company, has made an immediate impact in the market by the release of two outstanding new varieties, the high yielding Australian Premium White (APW) variety Magenta and the premium quality udon noodle grade variety Yandanooka... The Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) Wheat Breeding Program, which has consistently provided 80 - 90 per cent of varieties grown by WA farmers in the last decade, has transformed into the company InterGrain... Intergrain Wheat Breeder, Dr Iain Barclay, stresses that a particular strength of InterGrain's program is that wheat varieties are bred to cope with the stressful environment in WA. "We also look for parental material which will perform in different and even hostile soil conditions, such as acid, alkaline, saline, micronutrient deficient, waterlogged and boron or aluminium toxic soil," he said...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
The Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA) is a joint initiative of Ausbiotech, CropLife Australia, the GRDC and the National Farmers' Federation... Through the creation and sharing of research and knowledge, ABCA's work aims to place biotechnology and gene technology into context as another invaluable innovation for Australian agriculture, ensuring that science guides public policy for the future of farming... The commentary concludes: "current approaches for the safety and nutritional assessment of foods/feed derived from GM plants developed by national and international bodies like the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have proven to be proportionate and fit for purpose...
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