A national investment by the GRDC in young researchers is set to pay dividends across the grains industry.
Attracting and supporting the best and brightest university students, nine GRDC research scholarships were awarded in 2018 to students undertaking a PhD in an area that influences grain productivity and grower profitability.
La Trobe University PhD candidate David Cann says he will use his scholarship to research early-sown wheat cultivars suited to low-rainfall Mediterranean climates.
Understanding these traits will help to improve the breeding of winter wheat cultivars, giving growers faster access to higher-yielding cultivars," he says.
Another scholarship recipient, University of Adelaide PhD candidate David Brunton says he will characterise populations of ryegrass resistant to Group J herbicides.
By conducting field experiments I will evaluate herbicide management strategies to directly address this emerging issue, he says.
University of Adelaide PhD candidate Alicia Merriam says she will research sowthistle and prickly lettuce.
Both of these species are herbicide-resistant and they also have highly mobile wind-dispersed seed, so understanding the efficacy of proactive weed management and how they may be adapting to the selection pressures of the farming system is really important, she says.