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.
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.
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.
The Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) in northern Victoria will celebrate the official opening of a new laboratory facility in Birchip on Wednesday 4 July.
Australian crop and weed agronomy will be taken into the future with the opening of a state-of-the-art laboratory at The University of Western Australia (UWA) on Tuesday as well as the appointment of a new director to lead the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI).
Science will play a key role when it comes to feeding the world and achieving agricultural targets like $100 billion in Australian farm gate outputs by 2030, according to Toowoomba-based researcher Kristen Knight.
Nuclear science is helping researchers understand how to improve wheat crops by analysing the growth of 140 wheat plants flown from South Australia to Sydney’s Lucas Heights in a specially-designed greenhouse laboratory.
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.
Researchers from USQ’s National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA) communicated their innovations to Ag Institute Australia national AGM participants who travelled to Toowoomba last week.