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Grant for new Hart research facility

Grain Central, 22 September 2017

The Hart Field-Site Group in South Australia has been awarded a grant for development of a new field research facility.

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.

$3m for crop and weed research at Wagga Wagga

Grain Central, 13 September 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) at Wagga Wagga in southern NSW has received a $2.7 million GRDC Infrastructure Grant, and a co-contribution of $300,000 from the university itself, to boost research into crop productivity and weed science.

New approach to fertilising dryland crops in-season shows promise

Grain Central, 25 August 2017

Trials of a relatively new approach to fertilising dryland cereal crops during the growing season have entered their second year, following promising results in 2016.

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.

Australia’s BARLEYmax turns ‘forgotten’ grain into global health food

Guest Author, 10 August 2017

CSIRO scientists have developed BARLEYmax™, a new type of barley with significant health benefits that is finding its place in food products throughout Australia and beyond.

$3 million for WA crop research hub

Grain Central, 02 August 2017

Australian grain industries will benefit from a $3 million grant to create a new Crop Research Hub in Western Australia, charged with improving grain crop productivity and disease resistance Australia wide.

Cracking the code of megapests

Grain Central, 01 August 2017

For the first time, CSIRO researchers have mapped the complete genome of two closely related megapests, potentially saving the international agricultural community billions of dollars a year.

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.