New faba bean in a class of its own
A unique and superior new faba bean variety developed for production in southern Australia is expected to appeal to the major Egyptian market due to its large size and quality characteristics.
Developed by the Pulse Breeding Australia (PBA) faba bean breeding program, led by the University of Adelaide, PBA Rana represents a new grain quality category for Australian faba bean production.
The seed of PBA Rana is larger than current faba bean varieties and no other major faba bean exporter is producing a bean of comparable size and quality.
Already, feedback from the market in Egypt for this larger type of faba bean has been very positive, according to Australian authorities.
PBA Rana will be available through Viterra for the 2012 growing season and its development is supported by PBA and its partner agencies, Australian faba bean growers and the Australian Government through the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).
Faba bean breeder Dr Jeff Paull, from the University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, says PBA Rana is a relatively late flowering variety and trials have shown it produces the highest yields in high rainfall and long season faba bean production regions.
Dr Paull says areas of best adaptation are in south Western Victoria and South Australia’s Lower South-East, Central Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula and the high rainfall sites in the Lower Mid North.
PBA Rana yields more than broad bean varieties in most districts, the main exception being the Millicent/Conmurra district in SA where broad beans produce higher yields.
“This new faba bean presents growers with other significant advantages over existing varieties,” Dr Paull said. “The overall disease resistance profile of PBA Rana is superior to current Australian faba bean varieties.
“It has a greater level of Ascochyta blight resistance, increasing the reliability of production in higher disease risk regions. This improved resistance should reduce the risk of seed staining due to this disease.
“Its resistance to chocolate spot is higher than current varieties and is comparable to the broad bean varieties, and preliminary results indicate that PBA Rana develops a lower level of seed staining caused by Pea Seed borne Mosaic Virus (PSbMV) than other faba bean varieties.”
GRDC manager breeding programs, Brondwen MacLean, says the release of PBA Rana is an important development for the Australian pulse industry and its international markets.
“This new faba bean is the product of a world-class, collaborative breeding program that continues to provide Australian growers with improved pulse varieties that have better disease resistance, are higher-yielding and are adapted to Australian conditions,” Ms MacLean said.
A variety brochure is now available for PBA Rana . This package is a compilation of extensive agronomic and disease management projects undertaken by pulse agronomy and pathology research projects which are funded by GRDC in conjunction with the PBA partner agencies, combined with yield data from variety trials conducted by both PBA and National Variety Trials (NVT). Pulse Australia has been integral in compiling and producing these documents which are available on the PBA website, www.grdc.com.au/pba.
PBA is an unincorporated joint venture between GRDC; Department of Primary Industries, Victoria (DPI Vic); South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI); Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries (QPI&F) as part the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI); New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI); Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA); University of Adelaide; and Pulse Australia.
PBA Rana was recently launched at the MacKillop Farm Management Group (MFMG) field day at Conmurra in SA where a trial site has been established.
Growers and agronomists interested in viewing the new faba bean are also invited to participate in a mini crop walk at the MFMG’s Bool Lagoon bean agronomy site. The crop walk will be on November 16 at 11am and details are available from Pulse Australia Industry Development Manager (South-Central) Wayne Hawthorne on 0429 647455.
Caption: At the launch of PBA Rana at the MacKillop Farm Management Group field day at Conmurra in SA are Pulse Australia Industry Development Manager (South-Central) Wayne Hawthorne (left); SA Research and Development Institute plant pathologist Rohan Kimber; Viterra regional sales manager Bernard Seal; and faba bean breeder Jeff Paull, University of Adelaide.
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