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The wilds of Australia’s north open up a new future for rice + VIDEO

Grain Central, 24 January 2018

Wild rice growing in northern Australia’s crocodile-infested waters could help boost global food security, according to University of Queensland (UQ) researchers who have mapped its genetic family tree.

Wearable sensors for plants to enable measurements of water use in crops

Grain Central, 23 January 2018

Tiny sensors taped to plants are set to provide new kinds of data, including crop water use, to researchers and farmers.

Grower input sought on grains research

Grain Central, 18 January 2018

Growers have a month to provide their thoughts on the Grain Research and Development Corporation’s (GRDC) investment priorities for the next five years and beyond, following the release of a discussion paper.

UQ scientists develop world first wheat speed breeding procedure + VIDEO

Grain Central, 02 January 2018

NASA experiments to grow wheat in space were the inspiration for University of Queensland scientists to develop the world’s first ‘speed breeding’ procedures here on planet Earth.

Year in review – Grain stories that led the news in 2017

Grain Central, 21 December 2017

It was always going to be a tough ask for 2017 to match the extraordinary cropping year of 2016 when Australia produced a record winter crop of 59.1 million tonnes (Mt). From a brutal summer that knocked the stuffing out of crops to a ‘mixed bag’ winter cropping season across Australia, and from research breakthroughs to glyphosate reprieves, Grain Central wraps up the year that was for Australia’s grains and cropping sector.

Enhancing private sector investment in R,D&E

Grain Central, 19 December 2017

If Australian agriculture is to remain competitive, partnerships between private- and public-sector agricultural research, development and extension (R,D&E) investors must be fostered, according to new research from the Australian Farm Institute.

Educator/researcher ready to sign off on benchmark career

Neil Lyon, 15 December 2017

“When you are on a good thing – look for change.” That’s the underlying philosophy that has driven the career of Victorian agricultural educator, agronomist and researcher, Robert Norton, who is set to retire at the end of the year.

Australia’s revolutionary high-fibre wheat

Grain Central, 15 December 2017

The CSIRO has created a type of wheat that’s high in an important component of starch called amylose, which means consumers can have a much higher fibre diet without changing eating habits.

Call for crop research priorities to get back to ‘grassroots’

Neil Lyon, 07 December 2017

The Grains Research Foundation (GRF) has called for the establishment of an independent body to set the priorities for cropping research and give growers more say in the process.

Speaking ‘farmer’ key to encouraging practice change

Grain Central, 07 December 2017

Improving the uptake of Australia’s world-class research and development (R&D) will require greater consideration of farmers’ attitude to change, along with a range of other barriers to adoption, says a new report released today by Nuffield Scholar and grain grower Chris Reichstein.