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GM wheat trial to assess rust resistance

Grain Central, 11 July 2018

The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has today granted a licence to the CSIRO to conduct a field trial on bread wheat and durum wheat plants that have been genetically modified (GM) to improve their resistance to rust diseases.

Victoria puts 55,000 cereal varieties to the test

Guest Author, 05 July 2018

Agriculture Victoria’s cereal pathology team at the Grains Innovation Park at Horsham is testing 55,000 wheat, barley, oat and triticale varieties to determine their susceptibility or resistance to 10 different foliar diseases.

Genetic resistance to wheat fungal disease breakthrough

Grain Central, 04 July 2018

Wheat researchers have discovered a combination of genes that provide resistance to the significant fungal disease Stagonospora nodorum blotch (SNB) in Western Australian varieties.

Wheat disease ratings vital tool in WA despite the dry

Grain Central, 31 May 2018

Despite the forecast for a drier than average start to the growing season in Western Australia, growers should carefully review the disease ratings for the varieties in their cropping programs this year.

Boosting the crop ‘spying’ capabilities of drones

Neil Lyon, 30 May 2018

Agricultural engineers at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) are developing ways to boost the resolution and detail of crop imagery taken by over-flying drones to match the higher levels achieved by ground-based imagery methods.

Barley disease resistance genes now in breeders’ hands

Grain Central, 29 May 2018

The recent discovery of six barley genes that carry resistance to disease brings promise of another weapon to deliver improved varieties to Australian growers.

New wheat rust pathotype detected

Grain Central, 24 May 2018

For the first time since 2010, a new pathotype of the wheat stripe rust pathogen, Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici, has been detected in Australia,

How wheat can root out the take-all fungus

Guest Author, 23 May 2018

A team of young researchers has pinpointed a way of easing cereals’ risks from the deadly root pathogen, take-all, by exploring wheat genetics that can be exploited to potentially build up populations of closely related, take-all suppressing fungal species that are known to lower the disease levels.

Canola blackleg ratings to stave off disease threat

Grain Central, 20 April 2018

The latest blackleg ratings for canola cultivars have been made available to the nation’s grain growers.

New Predicta B tests for expanded range of diseases

Grain Central, 05 April 2018

Grain growers can access a more comprehensive assessment of their soil and stubble-borne disease risks this year following an expansion of the Predicta B testing service.