Research breakthrough boosts sorghum protein content

Queensland researchers have used gene editing to lift the protein content of sorghum to 15 to 16 per cent, up from the usual nine to 10 per cent…Read More

Larissa Mullot, Public affairs officer, Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA), April 3, 2020

Researchers discover novel chemistry to protect crops from fungal disease

Scientists from the University of Exeter have identified a novel inhibitor that has the potential to protect wheat from Septoria tritici blotch and rice from blast disease…Read More

Grain Central, March 31, 2020

Australia sets sights on domestic sesame industry

Northern Australia is being targeted as a potential growing region for sesame production, offering farmers a new crop opportunity to capitalise on increased global demand for sesame seed and sesame oil…Read More

Grain Central, March 27, 2020

Six new research projects given green light in WA

The Council of Grain Grower Organisations Ltd (COGGO) has announced funding for six new projects to commence in Western Australia in 2020…Read More

Grain Central, March 25, 2020

New satellite-based algorithm pinpoints crop water use

A new high-resolution mapping framework offers the potential to make more accurate forecasts of crop water use…Read More

Grain Central, March 23, 2020

‘Golden goose’ of salt tolerant wheat varieties to begin field trials

A new strain of salt-tolerant bread wheat with genes that can be traced back to wild relatives will begin field trials in Australia this year…Read More

Andrew Spence, March 20, 2020

Hyperspectral cameras speed up screening for higher-yielding crop traits

New technology using specialised hyperspectral cameras is allowing scientists to quickly screen thousands of plants across an entire field to identify the most promising plants to investigate further…Read More

Grain Central, March 20, 2020

Scientists uncover how invasive plants gain a head start after fire

New research from The University of Western Australia has shed light on why some invasive plants make a better comeback after a fire, outstripping native species in the race for resources…Read More

Grain Central, March 10, 2020

Australia’s PBRI joins global plant health research network

Australia’s Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative has signed a memorandum of understanding with the European Phytosanitary Research and Coordination network (Euphresco) which looks set to boost collaborative research…Read More

Grain Central, March 6, 2020

New immunity defence developed to fight crop infections

A team of researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada has successfully tested a new strategy for identifying genetic resources critical for the ongoing battle against plant pathogens such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses…Read More

Grain Central, February 24, 2020

New technology takes the tedium out of counting seeds

Researchers have developed a computerised particle analyser which can be used to count weed seeds, overcoming the dull routine for researchers or students tasked with hand counting weed seeds…Read More

Grain Central, February 21, 2020

Discovery opens new avenues for combating wheat blotch disease

Researchers have uncovered a ‘boom and bust’ pathogen cycle for the damaging wheat disease septoria nodorum blotch (SNB), a discovery that may be the key to developing new management strategies and disease ratings for wheat…Read More

Grain Central, February 21, 2020

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