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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
Invertebrate pests cause major losses to the Australian grains industry... GRDC invests many resources to combat such pests, through plant breeding, biotechnology, and management options... CSIRO is committed to maintaining and developing the collections, but with government policy requiring beneficiaries to contribute to costs, support from GRDC to ensure the future availability of this important resource is recommended...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
By Brad Collis The board of the Global Crop Diversity Trust recently gathered for the first time in the underground vaults that will house back-up collections of seed and propagation material for the world's food crops... The Svalbard collection will be administered by the Global Crop Diversity Trust, which is hoping to raise US$260 million (about A$289.3 million) for an endowment fund that can cover the cost of maintaining the collection in perpetuity... Australia's representative on the trust's board, Professor John Lovett, who recently inspected the site, says the trust has reached the halfway mark for funds following a recent US$37.5 million contribution from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
In the glasshouse known as the ‘plastic igloo’, Dr Bob Redden, curator of the Australian Temperate Field Crops Collection in Horsham, Victoria, examines pea seedlings... Australian Grains Genebank (AGG) curator Dr Bob Redden, from the Department of Primary Industries Victoria, is currently overseeing the genebank's establishment... Tropical and native plants require different growing conditions and expertise, so the AGG aims to maintain a branch in Queensland that uses technical staff at the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in Biloela...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
ecogeographical data and developing a subset of a maximum of 30% of the original size through the proportional selection technique followed by using combined agro-morphological and ecogeographical data and maximising strategy... The overall objective of this project was to develop a method for identifying core collections of pasture (and ultimately grain) legume species using ecogeographical and molecular analyses... In 2006, following the outputs of the bladder clover core collection project, a research project proposal for developing a core collection in subterranean clover and QTL mapping of its genome for flowering time, disease resistance, leaf marks, isoflavones, and hard seededness was submitted to the Australian Research Council...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
The rationalisation of important seedbank collections by the Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture (CLIMA) and the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is expected to accelerate the breeding of new, more productive pasture legumes... WA has a world-class collection of bladder clovers (Trifolium spumosum L.), which exhibit good yields, easy harvesting and hard-seededness and suit the WA wheatbelt's fine-textured soils and environments where subclovers and medics once grew well... Pasture consultant and Tincurrin grower Neil Ballard welcomes rationalising and accelerating the variety breeding process: "Bladder clover has huge potential for southern Australia and is one of the species included in the National Annual Pasture Legume Improvement Program."..
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
Social media is just one branch of the diverse range of information communication technology (ICT) tools available... In the presentation I will explore some of the examples of the use of social media and ICT that I was exposed to during a GRDC Industry Development Award (IDA) and some of my on-going exploration of these tools... While I am to find a simple free system that does what I want, I have found many other apps that could be of use for gathering and sharing information...
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Catalogue: GRDC YouTube channel
The new facility will house under one roof invaluable germ plasm collections, containing Australian and international genetic material which until now have been spread across the three eastern mainland states... 39.309: Narrator: That box came from the Temperate Crops Collection 42.6: in Horsham... 219.37: Tony Gregson: Forty three of the samples we took were chickpeas 223.31: that were collected in the Lebanon back in the 1930s and because the genebanks in that 229.69: particular region now have been destroyed one way or another, the only samples of that 234.76: particular material left in the world was actually in Horsham and now that material 239.6: has been now safeguarded in Svalbard...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Photo: A fragile global resource: Ross Johns (right) visits the Vavilov Research Institute"s original oat collection... At the Vavilov itself, the buildings that house the collection are old and in disrepair - you would think there had been no paint manufactured in Russia for about 50 years... The institute"s seed collections were largely built by Nikolai Vavilov, a Russian biologist, botanist and geneticist, who scoured five continents in the 1920s and 1930s for wild and cultivated corn, potato tubers, grains, beans, fodder, fruits and vegetable seeds...
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Catalogue: GRDC YouTube channel
" Over the Fence West: Chaff cart key part of plan to eradicate weeds 20 May 2013 Implementing a chaff cart with conveyer system has resulted in collection of up to 95 per cent of Wild Radish weed seeds at harvest time for Morawa farmer Grant Chadwick... Technology to reduce spray drift GCTV: Drift Reducing Technology..
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