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Research community mourns passing of USQ’s Steven Raine

Grain Central, 10 September 2018

University of Southern Queensland’s executive, Professor Steven Raine, is being remembered by colleagues and affiliates as a driving force in agriculture, with particular impact in grains and cotton.

Checking chilling tolerance in chickpeas

Grain Central, 27 August 2018

New research by the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (DPI) aims to identify chickpea lines which will tolerate cool temperatures, potentially adding up to $81 million in value each year to the northern grains region.

Five-year RD&E revamp targets profitability: GRDC

Neil Lyon, 03 August 2018

AGIC 2018: A new, five-year Research, Development and Extension (RD and E) Plan launched by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) at the Australian Grains Industry Conference (AGIC) in Melbourne this week is focused squarely on grower profitability.

New strategy to fight fungicide resistance

Grain Central, 30 July 2018

Australian researchers have a new weapon in the fight against fungicide resistance in grain crops, with confirmation that a specially adapted approach to detection, involving cancer technology, is effective for this purpose.

Gene editing scissors are less accurate than we thought, but there are fixes

Guest Author, 23 July 2018

CRISPR gene editing technology is revolutionising medicine and biology, including agriculture, but a new study has called into question the precision of the technique.

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.

Seed coating lifts germination rates in water repellent soils

Grain Central, 05 July 2018

Grain growers could stand to benefit from promising Western Australian research into a cost-effective seed coating technology with potential to boost cereal crop germination rates in water repellent soils.

Crop-counting robot earns top recognition at leading robotics conference

Guest Author, 05 July 2018

A robot developed by the University of Illinois in the United States to help speed up the work of plant breeders can measure plant traits and count plants autonomously.

New laboratory for Birchip Cropping Group

Grain Central, 29 June 2018

The Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) in northern Victoria will celebrate the official opening of a new laboratory facility in Birchip on Wednesday 4 July.