Genetic keys unlock
canola blackleg disease
The fungal diseases blackleg and stem rotare the major disease constraints to the production of canola (both Brassica napus and canola-quality B. juncea) in Australia.
Research at the University of Melbourne is helping the oilseeds industry to understand the processes of these diseases, through exploitation of the genome sequences of the fungi. The research aims to identify targets for disease control by novel fungicides and fungal genes that can protect against disease, and to transfer desirable genes into canola for improved disease resistance.
Partnerships deliver better peanuts, faster
To give the Australian peanut a competitive edge over cheaper products from countries such as Argentina and China, the Australian peanut-breeding program focuses on developing new cultivars with superior agronomic and quality traits. Critical breeding targets include high oleic oil content, high blanchability, high kernel percentage (less shell), ultra-early maturity for improved drought resistance, and enhanced foliar resistance to fungal diseases.
Cooperation helps to safeguard stored grain
A lot of effort is put into the growing of a crop, to produce the best quality grain for the particular end use. However, once the hard work of growing and harvesting is done, growers must remain vigilant to maintain the product of their hard work during storage.
Paddock diary grows to meet user needs
In 2009–10 the size and the format of the GRDC’s popular paddock diary were totally revamped. After seeking advice through discussions with grain growers and road testing the new format, the GRDC published a ‘new look’ diary that included all the elements that growers had requested.