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New frontier in heat-tolerant wheat to counter climate extremes

Neil Lyon, 18 September 2017

Plant scientists are becoming increasingly focused on breeding wheat lines with improved yield characteristics under heat stress conditions to cope with increasing climatic variability.

Key to drought-tolerant crops may be in the leaves

Grain Central, 23 August 2017

A solution to help farmers to grow crops in dry areas or during stretches of drought may depend on breeding and cultivating plants that protect themselves with a thicker layer of leaf wax, a new study shows.

Hot weather drives eastern wheat north

Henry Wells, 17 August 2017

Wheat prices in southern Queensland are on the rise, now trading at more than A$305 per tonne, $80/t above the value at harvest 2016, and a sure sign that the dry and hot winter conditions are fuelling a feedgrain deficit in southern Queensland and northern NSW.

Tax breaks for crop insurance would save Govt $7 for every $1 spent

Guest Author, 16 August 2017

A 150-per-cent tax incentive on multi-peril crop insurance (MPCI) premiums would save the Federal Government $7 for every dollar spent, according to a Williams Hall Chadwick report.

Policy complacency looks likely to see multi-peril insurance fail

Guest Author, 24 July 2017

As a looming drought in WA appears increasingly likely to decimate grain production and farm incomes, there is some irony in the lack of enthusiasm shown by governments to firmly establish multi-peril insurance as a preferred option for farmers to reduce drought risk.

Dry takes hold across much of Continent

Grain Central, 05 July 2017

June rainfall was below average for most of Australia, and lowest on record for much of inland northern and north eastern Victoria, adjacent inland southern NSW, southwest and western Western Australia, and eastern Tasmania.

A step closer to making drought tolerant, ‘resurrection’ crops

Grain Central, 31 March 2017

Scientists have taken an important step towards developing crops with the capacity to withstand and recover from drought.

Breakthrough in breeding drought-tolerant wheat

Grain Central, 24 January 2017

New insight into how different wheat varieties respond to drought, published by researchers from The University of Western Australia, shows a novel avenue for breeding drought-tolerant wheat.

The lessons we need to learn to deal with the ‘creeping disaster’ of drought

Grain Central, 10 November 2016

Droughts are a natural feature of the Australian environment, but the Millennium drought from 1997 to 2010 was a wake-up call, even by our parched standards.

Four threats to global food security and what we can do about them

Guest Author, 13 October 2016

Can we really feed nine billion people? That’s the estimated global population in the year 2050. It should be possible, but things are looking tricky – especially when we also factor in the climatic instability caused by global warming.