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.
The University of Sydney’s current research facilities at Cobbitty will potentially relocate to the NSW DPI’s Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute in south west Sydney under a plan by the university and DPI to create a global hub for veterinary science, agriculture and soil research, agribusiness and training.
Plant biologists at the University of California, Davis in the United States have discovered a way to make crop plants replicate through seeds as clones, making it easier to propagate high-yielding, disease-resistant or climate-tolerant crops.
Scientists have developed a system of ‘speed breeding’ that dramatically accelerates plant research, enabling researchers and plants breeders to accelerate plant breeding cycles and deliver more tolerant varieties of crops to farmers sooner.
CRDC executive director, Bruce Finney, who steps down from the position in January, 2019, has played his part in transforming the cotton industry into one of the most switched on, dynamic sectors of Australian agriculture.
US scientists have identified networks of genes and gene regulators that allow plants to direct nitrogen to different parts, a discovery that may speed the breeding of new plant varieties to be more effective with how they use nitrogen.
Syngenta has opened a world-class laboratory at Wagga Wagga in southern New South Wales that will focus on servicing the Australian broadacre cropping market and supporting the company’s range of new technologies.
Weed detection and identification is moving into the robotic age at the University of Sydney’s Plant Breeding Institute at Narrabri in north west New South Wales where a high-tech research project is fine-tuning the technology.
As mungbeans transition from once being simply an opportunity crop to nowadays being a mainstream summer option, researchers are turning their focus to fine tuning the yield potential of the short-season pulse.
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.