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An international germplasm evaluation program that has been delivering elite bread wheat germplasm for developing advanced new Australian wheat varieties is to be expanded to include durum wheat and barley... The germplasm is imported through the GRDC's CAIGE project that tests the material in Australian yield and disease trials... Since CAIGE uses in-kind contributions from breeding companies to run the majority of field trials, Dr Dieters has been negotiating with the main barley-breeding companies to establish a similar system to test future shipments of ICARDA barley...
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The ICARDA -Australia crop protection project for pulses involves an ongoing exchange of pulse lines that have been bred at ICARDA, developed further in Australia and returned to ICARDA as agronomically-improved material for further development such as disease resistance... In the chickpea program, which has already resulted in several recently-released varieties with resistance to ascochyta blight, ICARDA is working with the Department of Primary Industries Victoria (DPI) at Horsham and the centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture (CLIMA) in Perth to screen chickpea breeding material for Fusarium wilt... Dr Bayaa explains that suitable germplasm and/or breeding material identified first at ICARDA is sent to CLIMA, the Victorian DPI, NSW DPI at Tamworth and the University of Adelaide. "..
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Catalogue: GRDC 2014 Research Summaries
The project will coordinate the introduction of diverse barley germplasm selected from both the landrace collections and international breeding programs managed by ICARDA... The project will utilise expertise of breeders in both Australia and ICARDA to identify targeted sets of lines that encompass the desired traits and genes required to assist the ongoing development of improved barley varieties for Australian conditions... Key activities will include: i) importation of a diverse sets of at least 100 lines per year selected from across the ICARDA barley nurseries, ii) importation of up to 50 barley landrace accessions that have been previously phenotyped for disease resistance by ICARDA, iii) importation of up to 250 barley landrace accessions in 2016/17 that have been phenotyped for heat and/or drought tolerance at ICARDA, iv) quarantine of all lines and landraces imported into Australia, v) seed increase of all imported lines on two sites and landraces at one site post-quarantine, vi) phenotyping the imported lines and up to 50 landrace accessions for multiple disease resistances..
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A new wheat research agreement between ICARDA, based in Syria, and CIMMYT, based in Mexico, will help consolidate the collection and use of wheat progenitors from the 'cradle of agriculture' - Central and West Asia and North Africa (CWANA) - that can provide novel genetic traits including rust resistance... The ICARDA/CIMMYT Wheat Improvement Program (ICWIP) is headed by Dr Sanjaya Rajaram, who joined ICARDA in 2005 after spending 34 years at CIMMYT, where he took over as head of the wheat breeding program from the Nobel Laureate Dr Norman Borlaug... The gene banks at both ICARDA and CIMMYT, which Australian breeders use, are also undergoing maintenance as part of ICWIP. Dr Rajaram is keen to upgrade the collection of progenitor grasses obtained from the CWANA region, as it contains wide genetic diversity that breeders can use to improve spring, facultative and winter bread wheat, and durum...
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Genebank transfer from war zone praised.. Australia and the GRDC have been thanked for their efforts to safeguard ICARDA's unique genebank from civil conflict in Syria.. Australia has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with ICARDA that has also seen exchanges of scientists, germplasm and technical expertise, including the development work for the focused identification of germplasm strategy (FIGS) that radically improves the ability to search genebanks for specific traits...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Australia and the GRDC have been thanked for their efforts to safeguard ICARDA's unique genebank from civil conflict in Syria.. Australia has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with ICARDA that has also seen exchanges of scientists, germplasm and technical expertise, including the development work for the focused identification of germplasm strategy (FIGS) that radically improves the ability to search genebanks for specific traits... Dr Du Fall says the relationship also reflects the many similarities between the environments and grain-growing challenges in Australia and northern Syria: "It makes sense to combine resources to generate outcomes that will benefit both Australian breeders and agricultural research in the dry areas," she says...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
Barley with genetically unique sources of adaptation to the low rainfall environments has been evaluated using lines from the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)... Barley lines from ICARDA have shown potential for the improvement of adaptation, with adaptive features derived from wild barley and primitive barley landraces, and selection for yield and associated adaptive traits in drought prone environments with soils of low fertility... The germplasm and information gathered in this project will benefit industry since the project has had a focus on the improvement of adaptation as related to yield and physical grain quality...
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Catalogue: GRDC 2014 Research Summaries
Barley is the second most important small grain crop in Australia with an annual production of 6.5Mt... Development of new varieties relies upon the discovery and access to new sources of variation for desirable traits... Whilst all efforts are made by the breeding community to utilize in-country sources of variation at some stage the Australia's relatively small genepool will stymie the search for novel variation...
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Catalogue: GRDC 2014 Research Summaries
World demand for durum is predicted to grow substantially in the upcoming years, both as consequence of the demographic boom and for the increasing request of nutritional high quality food... The CWANA represents the most ancient ring where durum and pests/diseases have fought, generating a wild and selected germplasm extremely rich in sources of resistances... Identify water-use efficient germplasm and sources of tolerance to terminal stress (drought x heat) across a range of typical drought prone environments that prevail in the drylands of Australia and CWANA region.3...
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