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Scientists discover blueprint for plant immune response to disease

Grain Central, 22 January 2019

Researchers have discovered the way plants respond to disease-causing organisms, and how they protect themselves, leading the way to potential breakthroughs in breeding resistance to diseases or pests.

Disease diagnostic service can now test for Sclerotinia

Grain Central, 21 January 2019

The soil-borne fungi which cause Sclerotinia stem rot have been added to the suite of disease pathogens that can be identified by the PREDICTA B testing service.

New insights into rust resistance in wheat

Guest Author, 17 December 2018

Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark have contributed to creating new knowledge about resistance to yellow rust, which is a serious fungal disease in wheat. The results can have global importance.

Dry cropping season prompts cereal root disease alert

Grain Central, 03 December 2018

Grain growers in the southern cropping region who have experienced a dry growing season this year are being warned of a potential increase in the risk of some soilborne diseases in 2019.

Long fallow disorder risk this summer

Grain Central, 02 November 2018

After months of dry weather, which has severely limited winter planting across the northern farming region, farmers should evaluate the potential risk of long fallow disorder.

Australian researchers turn up the heat on sclerotinia

Grain Central, 15 October 2018

Dual research projects from the Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM) are shedding new light on ways to combat the damaging disease Sclerotinia stem rot.

Lupin disease and harvest challenges

Grain Central, 02 October 2018

A joint NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Local Land Services (LLS) surveillance operation in the Riverina is helping protect the state’s $65 million lupin industry from anthracnose disease.

Boosting barley resistance to disease

Grain Central, 09 August 2018

Barley producers are set to benefit from new pre-breeding research that seeks to use a combination of genes to boost variety resistance to several major foliar diseases.

Fertiliser destroys plants’ ability to protect against disease

Guest Author, 27 July 2018

A new study of the role microbial communities play on the leaves of plants suggests that fertilising crops may make them more susceptible to disease.

Spot and stop barley blotch this winter

Grain Central, 24 July 2018

Barley crops in some high and medium rainfall areas of Western Australia may be exposed to damaging levels of spot form of net blotch (SFNB) this winter, but new research shows risks can be reduced with tactical fungicide use.