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.
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.
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.
Two grain industry titans, agronomist Paul McIntosh and plant pathologist Greg Platz, have received the ‘Service to Grains Industry’ award at this year’s AgForce Queensland Grains Gala Dinner in Toowoomba.
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.
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.
Wheat researchers have discovered a combination of genes that provide resistance to the significant fungal disease Stagonospora nodorum blotch (SNB) in Western Australian varieties.
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.
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.
The recent discovery of six barley genes that carry resistance to disease brings promise of another weapon to deliver improved varieties to Australian growers.