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Protecting Australian cotton from Verticillium wilt

Grain Central, 25 July 2017

New research by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) will focus on the fungal disease Verticillium wilt to help the Australian cotton industry manage the risk associated with the disease.

High hopes for hoverflies as pollinators and insect controllers

Grain Central, 17 July 2017

Hoverflies are under the microscope by researchers at Adelaide’s Flinders University who are hoping to better understand their behaviour and role in agriculture, including for pollination and the biological control of insect pests.

Discovery set to protect wheat from wheat blast fungus

Neil Lyon, 12 July 2017

An international team of researchers has uncovered an important link to a disease which, left unchecked, could prove devastating to wheat.

‘Stop the spot’ campaign tackles damaging wheat disease

Grain Central, 06 July 2017

A three-year research initiative has analysed samples of yellow spot – arguably Australia’s most economically damaging wheat disease – generating valuable knowledge that will help breeders develop varieties with improved disease resistance.

Malaria fighting drugs offer smorgasbord of new herbicides

Grain Central, 05 July 2017

Scientists have used the surprisingly close relationship between plants and malarial parasites to turn a molecule developed for possible malaria treatment into a new herbicide.

Discovery could lead to sustainable ethanol made from carbon dioxide

Grain Central, 30 June 2017

A recent discovery by Stanford University scientists could lead to a new, more sustainable way to make ethanol without corn or other crops.

Quest for drought-resistant chickpeas

Grain Central, 28 June 2017

Scientists from the United Kingdom and Africa are seeking to develop chickpeas that can flourish in dry climates, to help some of the world’s poorest farmers reliably grow the staple crop.

Perennial wheat on the horizon for Australian farmers

Grain Central, 26 June 2017

Australian farmers are a step closer to growing perennial wheat to produce dual purpose grazing and grain crops as a direct result of collaboration between NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and United States researchers.

WA growers act to counter wheat yield penalties from delayed emergence

Grain Central, 21 June 2017

Wheat growers in Western Australia whose crops have experienced delayed emergence due to low rainfall, have been advised to carefully match inputs to yield potential as the season unfolds.

New-look GRDC overhauls business structure in major revamp

Grain Central, 20 June 2017

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has undergone a significant “realignment and refocus” of its structure and operations aimed at better positioning and resourcing its investment in RD&E.