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The rot begins to set in on winter cereals

Neil Lyon, 21 September 2017

Crown rot disease is beginning to flare in winter cereal crops across the northern farming zone.

Smorgasbord of disease for spring

Grain Central, 11 September 2017

Farmers should be closely monitoring their crops to avoid yield losses from a range of diseases which could hit this spring.

Are your cotton ratoons rampaging?

Grain Central, 28 August 2017

Ratoon cotton, which occurs when a plant survives over winter and then regrows from the old root stock, is best managed post-harvest.

Resistance to sclerotinia discovery set to advance canola breeding

Grain Central, 21 August 2017

In a world first, researchers from The University of Western Australia (UWA) in collaboration with Punjab Agricultural University in India have found the key to resistance to sclerotinia stem rot, a major fungal disease in brassica oilseed crops such as canola and mustard.

Blotch on horizon for Victorian croppers

Neil Lyon, 17 August 2017

Septoria tritici blotch has been reported in Wimmera wheat crops and Agriculture Victoria is urging growers to inspect their crops.

Disease threat puts growers on ‘chickpea watch’

Grain Central, 10 August 2017

Chickpea growers and consultants are being advised to ‘monitor closely and act promptly’ to reduce the disease risk in this year’s crops and land the 2017 harvest safely.

Gene discovery bolsters fight against yellow spot disease

Grain Central, 07 August 2017

Resistance to one of the most damaging wheat diseases, yellow spot, has been bolstered with the discovery of 11 new genes that will help make future varieties less susceptible to the fungal pathogen.

Protecting Australian cotton from Verticillium wilt

Grain Central, 25 July 2017

New research by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) will focus on the fungal disease Verticillium wilt to help the Australian cotton industry manage the risk associated with the disease.

Discovery set to protect wheat from wheat blast fungus

Neil Lyon, 12 July 2017

An international team of researchers has uncovered an important link to a disease which, left unchecked, could prove devastating to wheat.

‘Stop the spot’ campaign tackles damaging wheat disease

Grain Central, 06 July 2017

A three-year research initiative has analysed samples of yellow spot – arguably Australia’s most economically damaging wheat disease – generating valuable knowledge that will help breeders develop varieties with improved disease resistance.