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Rust's genetic resistance explored via award.. Professor Park says that pathogens reduce yields of the eight most important crops by a staggering 42 per cent and the most effective, economical and environmentally sound way to control rust diseases is to develop and cultivate varieties with genetic resistance. ".. The rust species can destroy entire crops, with Australia's last outbreak, in 1973, costing the wheat industry an estimated $300 million...
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The US-driven search for suitable biofuel crops and its exploration of the short-statured Brachypodium could lead to a faster understanding of wheat's genetic make-up By Kellie Penfold A short-stature grass called Brachypodium - closely related to the wheat plant and originating from the Middle East's 'fertile crescent' - is allowing Australian scientists to more quickly identify still-to-be-mapped wheat and barley genes, while helping the US in its quest for new biofuel crops... Dr Watt says that by being able to establish which genes relate to which traits in Brachypodium, it narrows down the field for researchers looking for the genetic link in important crops such as wheat. ".. If we can link genes in Brachypodium to greater yield or water or nutrient use efficiency, we can use the physical position of that gene to find it in wheat, and this leads to faster breeding by either marker-based selection or phenotype," she says...
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