Oilseeds, 07 Apr 2022
A new research effort underway at the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries is looking to identify key seed characteristics that improve open-pollinated (OP) canola establishment and practices that produce these in grower retained seed lots.
Oilseeds, 06 Apr 2022
A national surveillance system keeps a watch on the blackleg threat to Australian canola production. Led by a team of researchers networking with scientists across the regions, changes in virulence of the blackleg fungal populations are monitored annually and warnings issued to growers when canola varieties with specific resistance genes threaten high disease levels.
Oilseeds, 02 Apr 2022
To enable better canola windrowing timing decisions, a collaborative project is underway using satellite imagery as a predictive tool for canola maturity.
Oilseeds, 31 Mar 2022
When it comes to managing a serious disease threat to Australian canola production such as the fungus blackleg, developing an ‘armoury’ is necessary. For researchers from the University of Western Australia, the University of Melbourne and CSIRO this means collecting blackleg isolates from around the world, researching canola lines and new sources of resistance for canola and sharpening their understanding of the plant-pathogen interactions to guide management solutions.
Oilseeds, 30 Mar 2022
The genetic basis of canola vigour and longer, stronger hypocotyls are under investigation by a team of scientists from CSIRO who are on a mission to improve emergence from deeper sowing. International canola varieties and non-oilseed types, together with Australian varieties, have been screened for these traits that later will be the subject of gene discovery and molecular marker identification for Australian canola breeders.
Oilseeds, 28 Mar 2022
Unique risks and challenges are faced producing canola under irrigation but research by Field Applied Research, Australia aims to provide metrics for key agronomic measures as benchmarks to assist growers to better manage irrigated canola.
Oilseeds, 26 Mar 2022
Using controlled environment facilities at the University of Western Australia, portable heat chambers in field trials at NSW Department of Primary Industries, together with national multi-environment field trials, researchers are paving the way for the breeding and adoption of heat-tolerant germplasm in growers’ fields. This GRDC-supported research is aimed at providing promising germplasm and breeder-friendly screening procedures to accelerate the future breeding and commercial release of heat tolerant varieties. The prototype pre-breeding facility for heat stress tolerance can be incorporated into commercial canola breeding programs.
Oilseeds, 24 Mar 2022
Decision-making for sowing canola must take into account the risk of drought, heat and frost during flowering. To better inform this decision-making, a multidiscipline NSW DPI team is taking a close look at water and nitrogen-use dynamics during the critical flowering period using semi-controlled environments.
Oilseeds, 21 Mar 2022
A CSIRO impact assessment case study has determined that dual-purpose canola is now adopted on approximately 200,000 hectares and increasing across all southern states, with impact on profitability, sustainability and resilience and an estimated value since 2007 of $1 billion to date – growing at $200 million per annum. This impressive impact is the result of 17 years work by a committed research team involving CSIRO, growers and advisers and in late 2021 the team was recognised with the Sir Ian McLennan Impact for Science and Engineering Medal.
Oilseeds, 19 Mar 2022
Commercially relevant in-field frost research is being improved with the development of mobile frost-exclusion shelters through co-investment by NSW Department of Primary Industries and GRDC.