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  • Cropping’s quiet achiever establishes a foothold
    Plant Breeding, 18 Feb 2022
    Cropping’s quiet achiever establishes a foothold

    In the past 30 years vetch has become an established part of Australia’s cropping landscape. It is one of those crops every Australian farmer has heard of but would not always recognise. A specialist vetch breeder and agronomist, Stuart Nagel of SARDI believes vetch is, in many ways, the quiet achiever of the cropping world – a versatile annual legume that has several potential purposes or markets.

  • Versatile vetch builds system agility
    Plant Breeding, 18 Jan 2022
    Versatile vetch builds system agility

    In the past 30 years vetch has become an established part of Australia’s cropping landscape, especially in dryland mallee areas such as south-eastern Western Australia around Esperance, all across South Australia, in Victoria’s Mallee and central regions, and in New South Wales’ Riverina and central west cropping zones. Grower Charlie Williams, owner of one of Victoria’s biggest hay and stockfeed grain producers, is one of the crop's most loyal advocates.

  • Lodging in sorghum remastered
    Plant Breeding, 15 Dec 2021
    Lodging in sorghum remastered

    New avenues for breeding greater lodging resistance into sorghum have been identified on the back of one of the world’s largest genetic analyses of a sorghum trait

  • New role for medical imaging technology in grains research
    Plant Breeding, 13 Dec 2021
    New role for medical imaging technology in grains research

    The ability to screen for stress-tolerant grain and legume germplasm is about to take a giant leap forward with the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility adding an X-ray CT scanner to its automated imaging capabilities

  • Multi-pronged strategy tackles LMA wheat quality defect
    Plant Breeding, 26 Nov 2021
    Multi-pronged strategy tackles LMA wheat quality defect

    Research into the wheat quality defect late maturity alpha-amylase (LMA) targets genetic improvements, field predictions and new testing methods

  • Statistical modelling upgrade improves variety trials analysis
    Plant Breeding, 14 Nov 2021
    Statistical modelling upgrade improves variety trials analysis

    Varieties can be compared more easily across environments with a method that helps both breeders and growers understand yield’s biological drivers

  • Technique to tease apart traits improves germplasm selection
    Plant Breeding, 11 Nov 2021
    Technique to tease apart traits improves germplasm selection

    Traits for tolerance and resistance to crown rot can be separated in a new statistical method that is helping pre-breeders develop better germplasm

  • Genetic work aims to redirect stress pathway to plant growth
    Plant Breeding, 10 Nov 2021
    Genetic work aims to redirect stress pathway to plant growth

    A greater understanding of the genes involved in chickpeas’ stress response could lead to enhanced plant growth

  • Machine learning powers-up heat tolerance gains
    Plant Breeding, 03 Sep 2021
    Machine learning powers-up heat tolerance gains

    More powerful techniques are being deployed in a pre-breeding project to engineer a second wave of genetic gain in the heat tolerance of wheat varieties

  • Can machine learning solve complex grain production challenges?
    Plant Breeding, 19 Aug 2021
    Can machine learning solve complex grain production challenges?

    GRDC’s investment in exploring potential applications for machine learning technology to help solve complex plant breeding and production challenges has produced some early successes

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