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GM wheat trial to assess rust resistance

Grain Central, 11 July 2018

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.

Victoria puts 55,000 cereal varieties to the test

Guest Author, 05 July 2018

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.

Seed coating lifts germination rates in water repellent soils

Grain Central, 05 July 2018

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.

Crop-counting robot earns top recognition at leading robotics conference

Guest Author, 05 July 2018

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.

New laboratory for Birchip Cropping Group

Grain Central, 29 June 2018

The Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) in northern Victoria will celebrate the official opening of a new laboratory facility in Birchip on Wednesday 4 July.  

New weeds lab for University of WA

Grain Central, 25 June 2018

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 and ‘people power’ the key to agriculture’s success

Grain Central, 15 June 2018

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.

Fertiliser research into wheat crops goes nuclear

Grain Central, 05 June 2018

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.

How wheat can root out the take-all fungus

Guest Author, 23 May 2018

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.

Agriculture, commerce and research show their hands at NCEA event

Henry Wells, 02 May 2018

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.