Pre-breeding investments

Through our investment, scientists working in ‘pre-breeding’ are assisting plant breeders in delivering crops that can better deal with variable farming environments and changing agronomic practices.

Pre-breeding research is diverse and seeks to:

  • develop ‘smarter’, better-adapted, more yield-stable germplasm with the potential to increase yields
  • improve grain quality
  • reduce risks for grain growers – such as drought, heat, frost and disease.

Innovative and targeted pre-breeding research is a significant focus for us, and currently, we have more than 100 pre-breeding investments across our portfolio of crops.

Investment list

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  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOA2402-015RTX
    Pre-breeding
    [OSRC] Program 1 - Accelerating transfer of oat septoria resistant sources to Australian oat breeders
    Pre-breeding

    To capitalise on growth opportunities in oats, it is important to increase Australia's oat production capacity and stability. Reducing grain yield losses to disease is an important mechanism by which growers can increase production. Septoria

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/04/2029

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    Organisation:
    The University of Adelaide
    Contact:
    Judith Atieno
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: CUR2402-002RTX
    Pre-breeding
    [OSRC] Program 3 - Neutralising oat sensitivity loci corresponding to targets of oat septoria fungal effectors
    Pre-breeding

    To capitalise on growth opportunities in oats, it is important to increase Australia's oat production capacity and stability. Reducing grain yield losses to disease is an important mechanism by which growers can increase production. Septoria

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 01/05/2028

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    Organisation:
    Curtin University
    Contact:
    Huyen Phan
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: CSP2404-019RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Expediting the delivery to industry of a novel method of eliminating Late Maturity alpha-amylase in wheat
    Pre-breeding

    Wheat growers face quality and pricing challenges due to Late Maturity -Amylase (LMA) and Pre-harvest Sprouting (PHS), caused by the enzyme Wheat alpha-amylase type one (TaAMY1). This enzyme's stochastic accumulation during grain development can

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/07/2028

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    Organisation:
    CSIRO
    Contact:
    Jean-Philippe Ral
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UMU2404-003RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Increasing wheat nitrogen use efficiency through improved genetics
    Pre-breeding

    Nitrogenous fertilizers are vital to agriculture. However, wheat crop uses less than 40% of applied nitrogen and only 33% is recovered in the grain. Improving Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) will maximise wheat yield and grain protein and thereby

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/03/2029

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    Organisation:
    Murdoch University
    Contact:
    Rajeev Varshney
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UMU2403-009RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Achieving improved genetic gain for yield in chickpea, faba bean and lentil using genetic diversity
    Pre-breeding

    The low profitability of some pulse production in Australia can be addressed by enhancing crop productivity, in addition to creating markets. Chickpea, lentil and faba bean production encounter challenges due to limited genetic diversity, resulting

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 19/03/2029

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    Organisation:
    Murdoch University
    Contact:
    Rajeev Varshney
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: IGP2401-001RTX
    Pre-breeding
    [OGQC] - Program 2: Discovery of desirable aroma and flavour compounds for oat food/beverage applications.
    Pre-breeding

    Oats (Avena sativa L.) offer unique nutritional benefits over other grains which is driving an increased demand in human consumption. This means significant growth forecasts for both domestic and international demands for Australia's

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 28/04/2028

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    Organisation:
    InterGrain Pty Ltd
    Contact:
    Haelee Fenton
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOA2401-006RTX
    Pre-breeding
    [OGQC] - Program 3: Modulating grain oil content of oats to improve suitability for milling and food/beverage ingredient development.
    Pre-breeding

    Oat is presently priced through feed market mechanisms, however, for the first time, international demand for human consumption has surpassed feed demand. Oat is a highly commoditised grain within a relatively small industry with little

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/03/2029

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    Organisation:
    The University of Adelaide
    Contact:
    Janine Croser
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: TRA2309-001SAX
    Pre-breeding
    Traitomic - mutant population acquisition
    Pre-breeding

    BackgroundAccess to sources of genetic diversity for target traits is a core element of successful plant breeding programs. Sources of genetic diversity can be both natural and created. Natural diversity exists in the form of new genes and

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/12/2033

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    Organisation:
    Traitomic
    Contact:
    Jan Gottlieb
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: CSP2310-007RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Developing new genetic approaches to decreasing the reproductive frost sensitivity of wheat
    Pre-breeding

    Title: Developing new genetic approaches to decreasing the reproductive frost sensitivity of wheatThis project aims to identify genes or genetic regions associated with decreased frost sensitivity in wheat varieties and provide markers for breeders

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/09/2028

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    Organisation:
    CSIRO
    Contact:
    Chris Helliwell
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: CSP2310-008RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Developing metabolite and lipid biomarkers to select for reduced frost sensitivity in wheat
    Pre-breeding

    Frost events near flowering significantly reduce wheat yields across the Australian cropping belt. Previous research, with limited germplasm, hinted at specific plant tissue composition-metabolites and lipids-as potential contributors to underlying

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/12/2027

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    Organisation:
    CSIRO
    Contact:
    Fernanda Dreccer
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOA2308-003RTX
    Pre-breeding
    [NBC] Program 1 - Monitoring and screening: Monitoring of Net Blotch populations for new virulences of industry significance
    Pre-breeding

    Net Form of Net Blotch (NFNB; Pyrenophora teres f. teres) and Spot Form of Net Blotch (SFNB; Pyrenophora teres f. maculata) have a high capacity to adapt to host resistance genes. Therefore, new strains can emerge that can quickly become a

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 27/08/2027

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    Organisation:
    The University of Adelaide
    Contact:
    Tara Garrard
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOA2306-002RTX
    Pre-breeding
    [NBC] Program 4 - In-field high throughput phenotyping of Net Blotch in barley
    Pre-breeding

    The most damaging pathogen to barley production in Australia is Net Blotch. Efforts to improve genetic resistance or develop fungicide controls for Net Blotch are critical to a productive future for Australian barley growers. However, successful

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2026

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    Organisation:
    The University of Adelaide
    Contact:
    Bettina Berger
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: CSP2307-002RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Accelerating development and deployment of long-hypocotyl canola to improve establishment
    Pre-breeding

    Canola is Australia's most important oilseed crop with more than 8 million tonnes produced in 2022 and valued at $6 billion. However, canola suffers from unreliable establishment across our major growing regions, which reduces yield potential,

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2028

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    Organisation:
    CSIRO
    Contact:
    Matthew Nelson
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: ULA2307-001RTX
    Pre-breeding
    [NBC] Program 3 - Micro-phenotyping: Digital phenotyping for enhanced disease resistance outcomes
    Pre-breeding

    Foliar diseases have a significant impact on Australian barley production, with the most damaging pathogen being Net Blotch. Net blotch is caused by the necrotrophic fungus Pyrenophora teres, with two different forms recognised: Net Form of Net

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/09/2028

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    Organisation:
    La Trobe University
    Contact:
    Peter Dracatos
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOQ2306-012RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Better Sorghum through Gene Editing: larger grain with higher and more digestible protein (POC)
    Pre-breeding

    Feed grains are utilised primarily as a source of energy, with most of the energy derived from the starch, and the grain protein characteristics usually of only secondary importance. The required protein in feed formulations usually is provided

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/10/2024

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    Organisation:
    The University of Queensland
    Contact:
    Ian Godwin
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOA2306-010RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Expanding the capacity and capability of the OzBarley G2P Platform and accelerating its adoption
    Pre-breeding

    Barley breeders face a constant challenge in developing new varieties that meet growing market needs and productivity requirements in a constantly changing environment. Modern cereal breeding for crop improvement, relies on a combination of

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2025

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    Organisation:
    The University of Adelaide
    Contact:
    Bettina Berger
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UMU2306-008RSX
    Pre-breeding
    GRS (Chunsheng Xiao) The molecular mechanism regulating quinolizidine alkaloid content in vegetative tissues and seeds of narrow-leafed lupin (WAARC)
    Pre-breeding

    This GRDC investment supports PhD candidate Chunsheng Xiao who is completing her PhD at Murdoch University in lupin alkaloids supported by a GRDC Grains Research Scholarship (GRS). Chunsheng is characterising molecular mechanisms regulating alkaloid

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 27/03/2026

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    Organisation:
    Murdoch University
    Contact:
    Chengdao Li
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UWA2307-002RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Improving major gene and quantitative (minor) resistance to blackleg disease of canola
    Pre-breeding

    GRDC and UWA are partnering in a $7.06 million project over 5 years through the deployment of genetic resistance strategies in canola. Canola is Australia's third largest grain crop, however blackleg disease is a major threat to production in

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2028

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    Organisation:
    University of Western Australia
    Contact:
    Jacqueline Batley
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOQ2305-013RSX
    Pre-breeding
    GRS (Caitlin Dudley) - Investigating the molecular and physiological basis of flowering behaviour in mungbean
    Pre-breeding

    This GRDC investment supports PhD candidate Caitlin Dudley who is completing her PhD at the University of Queensland in mungbean supported by a GRDC Research Scholarship (GRS). Through her research project Caitlin aims to enhance understanding of

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/07/2025

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    Organisation:
    The University of Queensland
    Contact:
    Millicent Smith
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: IGP2305-002RTX
    Pre-breeding
    [OGQC] Program 1: Accelerating the development of an accurate and cost effective high-throughput measurement method for key oat quality characteristics.
    Pre-breeding

    Oat (Avena sativa L.) is one of the world's most important cereal crops providing a crucial source of essential nutrients for both humans and animals. Oats are a valuable source of -glucan, known to promote heart health, protein and oil.This

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2028

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    Organisation:
    InterGrain Pty Ltd
    Contact:
    Aanandini Ganesalingam
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: CSP2304-010RTX
    Pre-breeding
    ACRCP Phase 5: Optimising genetic control of wheat rusts through identification of gene editing targets for broad spectrum wheat rust control
    Pre-breeding

    Plant diseases are a significant production constraint to all agricultural crops, including wheat where rust diseases remain a major threat. Rust disease resistance in wheat regularly breaks down due to the evolution of new virulent wheat rust races.

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/05/2026

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    Organisation:
    CSIRO
    Contact:
    Michael Ayliffe
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: DAQ2304-008RTX
    Pre-breeding
    [NBC] Program 5 - Integrated management strategies for Net Form Net Blotch in low, medium, and high rainfall zones.
    Pre-breeding

    Net form net blotch (NFNB) is an important foliar fungal disease of barley that decreases grower profitability by impacting yield and quality. Yield losses in susceptible varieties can range from 18-31%. Generally, less prevalent than Spot form net

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/05/2027

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    Organisation:
    Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
    Contact:
    Lisle Snyman
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UMU2302-007RSX
    Pre-breeding
    GRS (Brittany Robertson) Reducing stomatal density in barley to improve drought tolerance
    Pre-breeding

    This GRDC investment supports PhD candidate Brittany Robertson who is completing her PhD at Murdoch University in plant genetics via a GRDC Research Scholarship (GRS). Brittany is researching the characteristics of plant stomata (tiny pores on the

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 26/09/2025

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    Organisation:
    Murdoch University
    Contact:
    Chengdao Li
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOA2208-001RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Increasing cereal yield potential through reduced floret abortion
    Pre-breeding

    The number of grains produced by a cereal contributes significantly to yield. Grain number is determined largely by the number of fertile florets that form on an inflorescence. In wheat, florets develop in spikelets, which each produce 8-10 floret

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 28/02/2027

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    Organisation:
    The University of Adelaide
    Contact:
    Scott Boden
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: DJP2206-009OPX
    Pre-breeding
    Australian Grains Genebank Strategic Partnership 2022-2027
    Pre-breeding

    The Australian Grains Genebank (AGG) Strategic Partnership has been established between GRDC and Agriculture Victoria (AV) within the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR).Administration of the Partnership and delivery on the research and

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2027

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    Organisation:
    Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA)
    Contact:
    Matthew Hayden
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: DAW2205-004RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Accelerating the development of chickpea with enhanced acid soil tolerance
    Pre-breeding

    This project involving a collaboration between Western Australia Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), Murdoch University and Agriculture Victoria aims to initiate and lay the foundation of research and breeding for acid

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2023

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    Organisation:
    Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
    Contact:
    Darshan Sharma
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: DAW2205-005RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Improved field phenotyping, validation and development of chilling tolerance in chickpea
    Pre-breeding

    This project involving a collaboration between Western Australia Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and CSIRO aims to initiate and lay the foundation of research and breeding for chilling tolerance in chickpea. Under

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2023

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    Organisation:
    Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
    Contact:
    Darshan Sharma
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: CSP2204-007RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Durable resistance to Oat crown rust
    Pre-breeding

    Crown rust or leaf rust, caused by Puccinia coronata f. sp. avenae, is a significant oat foliar disease. Breeding for durable rust resistant oat cultivars is challenging due to rapid changes in the pathogen population. Through leveraging domestic

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 01/05/2025

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    Organisation:
    CSIRO
    Contact:
    Melania Figueroa
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: DJP2203-005RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Optimisation and validation of rapid screening method to quantify anti-nutritional factors (vicine and convicince) for faba beans
    Pre-breeding

    Faba bean contains a number of anti-nutritional factors (ANF) in the seed and these can limit their use, both in the range of products and the amount included in some products. The most abundant group of faba antinutritional compounds are the

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/09/2022

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    Organisation:
    [DO NOT USE - see DEECA] Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
    Contact:
    Joe Panozzo
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOS2203-004RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Capturing global diversity and international genetic gains of wheat and barley: CAIGE 2022-2026
    Pre-breeding

    The CAIGE program coordinates the importation, quarantine, multiplication, distribution and evaluation of bread wheat, durum wheat and barley lines from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and International Center for

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 28/02/2027

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    Organisation:
    University of Sydney
    Contact:
    Richard Trethowan
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOS2201-001RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Increasing wheat yield and yield stability through improved heat tolerance during grain filling
    Pre-breeding

    Heat stress is a significant constraint to wheat yield potential and the frequency of occurrence and intensity is projected to increase with climate change. Australian grain growers mitigate the impacts of heat stress by optimising sowing time when

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/12/2026

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    Organisation:
    University of Sydney
    Contact:
    Richard Trethowan
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOS2112-002RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Proof-of-concept validation of chickpea heat tolerance within ARC LSA Hub germplasm
    Pre-breeding

    GRDC's investments in ARC Research Hub Legumes for Sustainable Agriculture (LSA) has identified several heat tolerant chickpea pre-breeding material and genetic effects linked to the trait. This investment will validate a genetic population

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/11/2024

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    Organisation:
    University of Sydney
    Contact:
    Richard Trethowan
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: CSP2104-004RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Introducing a new major effect gene for crown rot resistance into Australian wheat
    Pre-breeding

    Fusarium crown rot of wheat is estimated to cost the Australian grains industry $404 million per year in lost yield. There are currently limited control options for crown rot, with cultural controls the most effective. Although there are some

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 28/02/2025

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    Organisation:
    CSIRO
    Contact:
    Zhi Zheng
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: DJP2109-002RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Improving yield potential of lentils on acid soils in Australia
    Pre-breeding

    Lentil production in Australia is mostly focussed on highly productive regions in the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia and the Wimmera region of Victoria, where upwards of 600,000 tonnes are produced annually. One of the main reasons for

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2026

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    Organisation:
    Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA)
    Contact:
    Matthew Hayden
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOQ2109-004RMX
    Pre-breeding
    Reducing lodging risk in sorghum to increase grower confidence and profitability
    Pre-breeding

    Sorghum production in Australia averages 2,000,000 tonnes annually with a value of between $400M to $500M. It is the largest summer crop in Australia and our fourth largest crop overall, by tonnage and value. One of the most significant constraints

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2027

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    Organisation:
    The University of Queensland
    Contact:
    David Jordan
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: AGT2108-001RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Accelerated integration of physiology-based wheat traits within a commercial breeding programme
    Pre-breeding

    Substantial international effort and investment has been directed to fundamental research on plant physiological and biochemical processes in wheat, with the view that their optimisation would lead to transformational yield improvements. However,

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 28/02/2026

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    Organisation:
    Australian Grain Technologies Pty Ltd
    Contact:
    Tristan Coram
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOA2104-011RTX
    Pre-breeding
    National Vetch Breeding Program
    Pre-breeding

    The aim of the National Vetch Breeding Program (NVBP) is to provide Australian farmers with a range of varieties for both common and woolly pod vetch, to enable choice of varieties according to the rotational requirements of a given season or system.

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 20/04/2025

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    Organisation:
    The University of Adelaide
    Contact:
    Janine Croser
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: ANU2103-001RSX
    Pre-breeding
    GRS - (Tanya Skinner) A golden future for enhancing yield potential in canola
    Pre-breeding

    This GRDC investment supports PhD candidate Tanya Skinner who is completing her PhD at the Australian National University supported by a GRDC Research Scholarship (GRS). Tanya is working to improve photosynthetic yield potential in crops by looking

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/10/2024

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    Organisation:
    Australian National University
    Contact:
    Spencer Whitney
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: CSP2102-006RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Leveraging International Germplasm to Deliver Improved Chickpea Chilling Tolerance for Australian Growers
    Pre-breeding

    Chickpea is one of Australia's most rapidly expanding crops, becoming increasingly valuable to the grains industry and providing rotational benefits to the farming system. Most expansion of chickpea has been in the relatively warm areas of

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2023

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    Organisation:
    CSIRO
    Contact:
    Jens Berger
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOQ2101-003RSX
    Pre-breeding
    GRS - (Shanice Van Haeften) New insight and tools to increase yield potential and reliability in mungbean
    Pre-breeding

    This GRDC investment supports PhD candidate Shanice Van Haeften who is completing her PhD at the University of Queensland in mungbean supported by a GRDC Research Scholarship (GRS). Shanice aims to improve the understanding of the physiological and

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/07/2024

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    Organisation:
    The University of Queensland
    Contact:
    Lee Hickey
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOA2007-010RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Improving weed control in pulses - delivery of herbicide tolerance traits
    Pre-breeding

    Pulse crops are inherently poor competitors and can suffer 15 - 44% yield loss at even small population densities of broadleaf weeds. Herbicides are the main method of weed control used in modern day farming systems, however there are currently

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2021

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    Organisation:
    The University of Adelaide
    Contact:
    Tim Sutton
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOA2007-003RTX
    Pre-breeding
    The development of an accurate, high throughput, affordable and relevant screen for LMA risk for the Australian wheat industry
    Pre-breeding

    Falling number is a global industry standard used to quantify detrimental pre-harvest sprouting, as early release from seed dormancy leads to significant effects on end-product quality. However, low falling number can also be caused by the Late

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2023

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    Organisation:
    The University of Adelaide
    Contact:
    Bettina Berger
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOA2007-001RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Program 1: Identification of novel sources of resistance to Septoria Leaf Blotch and understanding of evolution and virulence of the pathogen
    Pre-breeding

    Septoria avenae blotch is a significant oat disease especially in Western Australia where almost all oat crops have some level of Septoria infection. Average yield losses from Septoria in the high rainfall zone are approximately 15% and result in

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/01/2024

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    Organisation:
    The University of Adelaide
    Contact:
    Judith Atieno
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: DJP2007-001RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Program 4: Towards effective genetic and sustainable management of Ascochyta blight of Chickpea - Accurate, effective, cheaper and rapid high-throughput method for qualitative and quantitative evaluation for AB genetic resistance.
    Pre-breeding

    Ascochyta blight is the greatest disease threat to the Australian chickpea industry and can result in complete crop loss. With limited genetic options, management is reliant on multiple fungicide applications. To reduce reliance on chemical control,

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2024

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    Organisation:
    Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA)
    Contact:
    Joshua Fanning
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: CSP2007-001RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Program 5: IDM package for Ascochyta Blight in chickpeas
    Pre-breeding

    Ascochyta blight (AB, Phoma rabiei) is a devastating fungal disease of chickpea in Australia and worldwide. Current control recommendations often fail as the fungus is highly mutable, rapidly eroding host genetic resistance. As a consequence, while

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2024

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    Organisation:
    CSIRO
    Contact:
    Susan Sprague
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOA2005-011RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Program 3: Towards effective genetic and sustainable management of Ascochyta blight of Chickpea - Identification and characterisation of novel sources of AB resistance in elite cultivars and wild relatives of chickpea
    Pre-breeding

    The aim of this research is to stabilise yield and increase grower profitability through the reduction of loss associated with ascochyta blight in chickpea, caused by the fungus Phoma rabiei. Despite significant progress in breeding, ascochyta

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2024

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    Organisation:
    The University of Adelaide
    Contact:
    Janine Croser
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: CSP2007-002RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Optimising genetic control of oat phenology for Australia
    Pre-breeding

    To achieve maximum yield and optimal grain quality, the time of year when cereal crops flower and produce grain must coincide with optimal seasonal conditions. Variation flowering time allows breeders to produce cereal varieties suited to specific

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/08/2024

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    Organisation:
    CSIRO
    Contact:
    Meredith McNeil
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: ICA2007-001RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Program 2 - Towards effective genetic and sustainable management of Ascochyta blight of Chickpea
    Pre-breeding

    Chickpea is an internationally important pulse crop the profitability of which is consistently negatively affected by Ascochyta blight (Didymella rabiei) epidemics and the pathogen's ability to evolve enhanced aggressiveness. In order to manage

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 01/12/2024

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    Organisation:
    International Centre for Agriculture Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA)
    Contact:
    Aladdin Hamwieh
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOQ2005-012RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Program 3: Screening of diverse barley germplasm for rapid discovery and utilisation of novel disease resistance in barley novel using R-HapSelect: A haplotype-based toolkit.
    Pre-breeding

    The three barley pathogens, that cause spot form of net blotch (SFNB), net form of net blotch (NFNB), and Scald are genetically and pathogenically diverse. They reproduce sexually, rapidly develop new virulences and overcome genetic resistance,

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 15/02/2024

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    Organisation:
    The University of Queensland
    Contact:
    Ben Hayes
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UWA2003-005RSX
    Pre-breeding
    GRS - (William Thomas) Identifying novel sources of disease resistance genes in wild Brassicaceae for canola crop improvement
    Pre-breeding

    This GRDC investment supports PhD candidate William Thomas who is completing his PhD at the University of Western Australia supported by a GRDC Research Scholarship (GRS). William's research focuses on using genetics and genomics to identify

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 15/03/2024

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    Organisation:
    University of Western Australia
    Contact:
    William Thomas
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: DAQ2005-004RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Program 4: Minimising the impact of major barley foliar pathogens on yield and profit: Screening of elite breeder material transitioning to a fee for service model.
    Pre-breeding

    Industry access to a reliable, high-throughput disease screening capacity is a critical component of any effort to breed effectively to counter the impact of the three barley pathogens, Pyrenophora teres f. maculata, the causal agent of the spot

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 28/02/2024

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    Organisation:
    Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
    Contact:
    Lisle Snyman
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOA2003-008RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Program 2: Minimising the impact of major barley foliar pathogens on yield and profit: Surveillance and monitoring of pathogen populations (SARDI)
    Pre-breeding

    The barley foliar diseases, scald (Rhynchosporium secalis), the net form of net blotch (NFNB, Pyrenophora teres f. teres) and the spot form of net blotch (SFNB, P. teres f. maculata) are caused by three highly variable fungal pathogen populations

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 28/02/2024

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    Organisation:
    The University of Adelaide
    Contact:
    Tara Garrard
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: DJP2003-011RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Program 1: Minimising the impact of major barley foliar pathogens on yield and profit: Development of international host differential sets.
    Pre-breeding

    The development and maintenance of international host differential sets is a key resource for identifying new virulent pathotypes in the field and identifying novel sources of genetic resistance. This program aims to work and collaborate

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 01/03/2024

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    Organisation:
    Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA)
    Contact:
    Hari Dadu
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: DJP2001-009RTX
    Pre-breeding
    LMA Project B - A novel high-throughput, low-cost test to determine cause of starch damage in wheat grain
    Pre-breeding

    Falling Number is a global industry standard to quantify detrimental pre-harvest sprouting (PHS), which can lead to significant effects on end-product quality. However, low Falling Number can also be caused by the genetic trait of Late Maturity alpha

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/12/2022

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    Organisation:
    Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA)
    Contact:
    Matthew Hayden
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOA2001-003RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Utilising novel genetic diversity to increase Barley yields nationally
    Pre-breeding

    This project aims to utilize an exotic barley population (HEB-25) to enhanced yield potential of future Australian barley varieties by identifying germplasm with improved biomass production under water-limiting environments, and higher grain number

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/03/2023

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    Organisation:
    The University of Adelaide
    Contact:
    Jason Able
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOQ2001-005RTX
    Pre-breeding
    LMA Project C - An improved model of Late Maturity alpha-Amylase (LMA) field risk in Australian wheat.
    Pre-breeding

    The susceptibility of new wheat varieties to the Late Maturity alpha-Amylase (LMA) defect is a key concern for breeding programs developing high-quality milling grade wheat in Australia. A capacity to characterise and quantify actual LMA risk at

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2023

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    Organisation:
    The University of Queensland
    Contact:
    Andries Potgieter
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOA1910-002RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Manipulation of stomata to increase yield potential in wheat (IWYP collaboration)
    Pre-breeding

    Maximising grain yield requires a careful balance between photosynthesis, water use efficiency (WUE) and maintaining optimal leaf temperature for photosynthesis. Stomata are a key determinant in these processes as they regulate the balance of CO2

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/03/2024

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    Organisation:
    The University of Adelaide
    Contact:
    Stuart Roy
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOT1909-002RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Improving The Adaptation And Profitability Of High Value Pulses (Chickpea And Lentil) Across Australian Agroecological Zones
    Pre-breeding

    The fit between a crop variety and its local environment has a critical impact on productivity. To develop a range of varieties that provide optimal adaption to local conditions across current production regions and potential expansion zones

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2025

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    Organisation:
    University of Tasmania
    Contact:
    James Weller
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UCD1908-001RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Leveraging Existing International Germplasm to Deliver Improved Acid Soil Tolerance Chickpea for Australian Growers (GRDC/USA/Ethiopia Initiative)
    Pre-breeding

    This project uses genomics-assisted breeding to develop chickpea varieties with enhanced tolerance to acid soils. Development of novel chickpea varieties that thrive under acidic soil conditions, where aluminium toxicity and phosphorous deficiency

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/09/2025

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    Organisation:
    UC Davis
    Contact:
    Douglas Cook
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: CSP1907-003RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Post-Doctoral Fellowship: High-throughput quantitative analysis of flowering dynamics and canopy structure in Canola germplasm using image analysis and deep learning methods
    Pre-breeding

    Crop improvement is dependent on accurate measurements of plant traits such as flowering time, leaf and seed number. For canola, a major grain crop in Australia, these traits are currently assessed by human observation, a time-consuming and costly

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/09/2023

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    Organisation:
    CSIRO
    Contact:
    Chris Helliwell
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: CSP1907-001RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Increasing return on investment from canola seed through improved establishment - Program 1
    Pre-breeding

    This research aims to achieve a 25% improvement in canola establishment in Australia by 2030 by ensuring canola breeders have the know-how and tools to develop new cultivars with improved establishment. This will be delivered by providing Australian

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/09/2023

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    Organisation:
    CSIRO
    Contact:
    Matthew Nelson
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: DAV1907-001RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Program 5 - Towards Effective Control of Blackleg of Canola : Canola infrastructure and FFS
    Pre-breeding

    Blackleg, caused by the fungus Leptosphaeria maculans, is the most serious disease of canola in Australia. A critical component of an effective blackleg genetic resistance improvement effort is industry having access to a reliable, accurate

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2023

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    Organisation:
    Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA)
    Contact:
    Matt Hayden
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UWA1905-007RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Improving canola heat tolerance - a coordinated multidisciplinary approach
    Pre-breeding

    Extended period of high temperature stress and short periods of heat shock are major threat to canola grain and oil yield in canola growing regions in Australia.This project looks specifically at the genetics of heat tolerance in canola and will

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2024

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    Organisation:
    University of Western Australia
    Contact:
    Sheng Chen
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UWA1905-006RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Program 3: Towards Effective Control of Blackleg of Canola: Identification of novel sources of blackleg resistance genes
    Pre-breeding

    The use of genetic resistance is a major strategy for minimising blackleg disease in canola. It is necessary to identify novel sources of resistance to blackleg disease for incorporation into Australian breeding programs. The outcome of this work

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2023

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    Organisation:
    University of Western Australia
    Contact:
    Jacqueline Batley
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOM1905-003RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Program 2 - Towards Effective Control of Blackleg of Canola: Coordinating international blackleg research and development
    Pre-breeding

    The use of resistance genes is one of the major strategies for minimising the impact of blackleg disease of canola. Therefore, the accurate identification of resistance genes in Australian canola cultivars is essential for the continued high levels

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2023

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    Organisation:
    The University of Melbourne
    Contact:
    Angela Van de Wouw
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: DAV1905-003RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Multi-species DNA chip platform - A resource for pulse genetic improvement
    Pre-breeding

    This project will develop and provide a low-cost DNA genotyping platform for chickpea, field pea, faba bean, lentil and lupin for use by the Australian pulse breeding and pre-breeding programs. In addition, it will ensure that data generated using

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/07/2023

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    Organisation:
    Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA)
    Contact:
    Matthew Hayden
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: CSP1904-007RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Program 4 - Towards Effective Control of Blackleg of Canola: Phenotyping for Adult Plant Resistance (APR - Quantitative Resistance) in canola
    Pre-breeding

    Blackleg disease is a threat to canola production in Australia with an estimated 15% reduction in total grain yield annually. Control strategies include isolation of crops from disease sources, chemical control as well as varietal resistance. Major

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 01/04/2024

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    Organisation:
    CSIRO
    Contact:
    Susan Sprague
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: CSP1903-004RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Post-doctoral Fellowship: Alternative phenotyping for reproductive stage frost tolerance using metabolite markers and identification of frost tolerance QTL in wheat - aligned to CSP00202
    Pre-breeding

    Frost and other cold events are major causes of yield loss in a number of Australian cropping systems. Management options are heavily reliant on the development of tolerant varieties however phenotyping wheat germplasm for chilling and frost

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/05/2022

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    Organisation:
    CSIRO
    Contact:
    Fernanda Dreccer
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UMU1903-004RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Minimising the impact of high temperature at flowering on spikelet fertility aligned to Project UMU00049
    Pre-breeding

    Damage from heat events is a common constraint limiting crop production in Australia. The flowering stage of crop growth is particularly sensitive to high temperatures that can significantly decrease fertility and seed-setting rate resulting in

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/03/2022

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    Organisation:
    Murdoch University
    Contact:
    Chengdao Li
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOQ1903-008RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Post-doctoral Fellowship - Enhancing Genomic Prediction for Sorghum to deal with genotype-by-environment interactions for yield
    Pre-breeding

    This project will investigate the opportunity to develop more powerful genomic prediction methods that can better handle the effects of genotype-by-environment interactions using the sorghum crop growth model available within the APSIM platform.

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2024

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    Organisation:
    The University of Queensland
    Contact:
    Mark Cooper
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOQ1901-004RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Next generation plant breeding: integrating genomic selection and high throughput phenotyping to enhance genetic gain in sorghum and mungbeans
    Pre-breeding

    A range of new technologies including genomic selection and high throughput (HTP) phenotyping systems have the potential to dramatically improve the rates of genetic gain in crop breeding programs. This requires the development of integrated data

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/12/2021

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    Organisation:
    The University of Queensland
    Contact:
    David Jordan
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: CSP1901-002RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Optimising Canola Production in Diverse Australian Growing Environments
    Pre-breeding

    Canola growers in Australia need to be able to select varieties that will perform optimally in their local growing conditions. The timing of flowering is an important factor in determining sowing time and avoiding frost, heat and terminal drought.

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/09/2023

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    Organisation:
    CSIRO
    Contact:
    Chris Helliwell
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UMU1810-001RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Preserving Australia's Rhizobial Collections to Benefit the Australian Grain Industry
    Pre-breeding

    The gene-bank collections of rhizobia strains in Australia have provided the cultures for development of commercial inoculant production and are a resource for the future improvement of the inoculants used for pulse and pasture legumes. Strains in

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2024

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    Organisation:
    Murdoch University
    Contact:
    Graeme O'Hara
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOA1806-013AWX
    Pre-breeding
    Accelerating wheat genetic gain by establishing a high-throughput spike phenotyping platform
    Pre-breeding

    The architecture of cereal heads (or ears) is an important trait to understand cereal responses to heat and frost, as well as understanding water limited yield potential. International researchers have developed X-ray CT scanning methods to allow

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2023

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    Organisation:
    The University of Adelaide
    Contact:
    Bettina Berger
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UMU1806-002RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Improved Genetic Gain through GRDC Participation in Barley Pan-genome Consortium
    Pre-breeding

    A pan genome describes all the genes and genetic variation within a species. A comprehensive understanding of this genetic variation in barley will enable researchers to more rapidly determine the genetic control of important traits such as heat

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/09/2025

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    Organisation:
    Murdoch University
    Contact:
    Ken Chalmers
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOA1806-011RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Improving Australian malt barley flavour to address Chinese brewing requirements
    Pre-breeding

    This investment aims to identify key malt flavour characteristics of Australian and Canadian malt to determine why Canadian malt is preferred in China and other key export markets. The investment also will try to determine what are the genetic and

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/10/2022

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    Organisation:
    The University of Adelaide
    Contact:
    Jason Able
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: DAV1806-013AWX
    Pre-breeding
    Australian Grains Gene Banks (AGG) Capacity and Capability Enhancement - Infrastructure
    Pre-breeding

    The Australian Grains Gene Bank (AGG) identified critical infrastructure requirements that were needed in the short to long term to ensure it has the capability to support the Australian research and breeding community with access to germplasm of

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2021

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    Organisation:
    [DO NOT USE - see DEECA] Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
    Contact:
    Sally Norton
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: CSP1806-009RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Lupin Breeders Toolbox - A Resource for Lupin Genetic Improvement
    Pre-breeding

    This project aims to expand the current genomic and genetic resources available in one of the major grain legumes grown in Australia, narrow-leafed lupin (NLL; Lupinus angustifolius L.). These genomic and genetic resources will significantly help

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2022

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    Organisation:
    CSIRO
    Contact:
    Lingling Gao
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOA1806-012RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Post-Doctoral Fellowship - Improving root growth in dispersive soils
    Pre-breeding

    The Australian grains belt has large areas of sodic soils, which in nature are dispersive and often associated with dense subsoils with high soil strength that can restrict root penetration and uptake of water and nutrient, with consequent

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/03/2021

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    Organisation:
    The University of Adelaide
    Contact:
    Glenn McDonald
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOQ1806-004RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Better sorghum: larger grain with more protein
    Pre-breeding

    Feed grains are utilised primarily as a source of energy, with most of the energy from starch, with the protein component usually considered of secondary importance. However, protein needs to be supplemented from crops such as soybean or lupin, and

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 28/02/2022

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    Organisation:
    The University of Queensland
    Contact:
    Ian Godwin
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOS1801-004RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Australian Cereal Rust Control Program (ACRCP) - University of Sydney: Delivering genetic tools and knowledge required to breed wheat and barley with resistance to leaf rust, stripe rust and stem rust
    Pre-breeding

    Wheat and barley rusts have the potential to cause significant production losses in Australia. Although fungicides control rusts, they do not provide complete control in highly susceptible cultivars. Genetic resistance therefore remains the

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/12/2022

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    Organisation:
    University of Sydney
    Contact:
    Robert Park
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOS1801-001RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Australian Cereal Rust Control Program -Wheat and barley breeding support
    Pre-breeding

    Cereal rust diseases can cause significant yield losses. Genetic resistance in commercial varieties is an important part of the management of rusts in Australia. New rust pathotypes frequently occur in Australia, and can impact the expected

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/12/2022

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    Organisation:
    University of Sydney
    Contact:
    Robert Park
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: CSP1801-013RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Australian Cereal Rust Control Program (ACRCP) - CSIRO: Delivering genetic tools and knowledge required to breed wheat and barley with resistance to leaf rust, stripe rust and stem rust
    Pre-breeding

    Rust diseases are a significant threat to wheat production in Australia. Disease control relies heavily on breeding for disease resistance. Genetic resistance is preferable to fungicide control because of the lower input and environmental costs and

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/03/2023

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    Organisation:
    CSIRO
    Contact:
    Peter Dodds
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOA1801-010RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Australian Cereal Rust Control Program - Novel sources of stem rust resistance from uncultivated wild relatives of wheat
    Pre-breeding

    Rusts are have the potential to cause significant losses for Australia wheat growers. These potential losses are largely prevented through the incorporation of sources of genetic resistance into varieties. This project aims to continue the

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2023

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    Organisation:
    The University of Adelaide
    Contact:
    Ian Dundas
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UWA1708-010RTX
    Pre-breeding
    UWA00173 - Capacity building to understand plant energy efficiency in harsh environments
    Pre-breeding

    This project supports PhD training and research seeking to improve crop performance through the manipulation of plant energy efficiency. The investment leverages fundamental research conducted within the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/12/2021

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    Organisation:
    University of Western Australia
    Contact:
    Harvey Millar
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: DPI1707-003RTX
    Pre-breeding
    Canola pre-breeding investment to continue some activities conducted under DAN00208
    Pre-breeding

    Under DAN00117 and DAN00208, NSW DPI has identified pod shatter resistant accessions of Brassica rapa (2n = 2x) and Brassica carinata (2n = 4x). Research on combining resistance from both sources was initiated under DAN00208 for two years (2015-17).

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/12/2021

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    Organisation:
    Department of Regional NSW
    Contact:
    Harsh Raman
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: ULA1707-005RSX
    Pre-breeding
    GRS - (Linda Brain) F. graminearum cell wall (GRS11005)
    Pre-breeding

    The aim of this project is to identify the enzymes that are essential for biosynthesis of the cell wall of the cereal pathogen Fusarium graminearum and to use this knowledge to produce new and potent fungal inhibitors that can be used in crop

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/03/2022

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    Organisation:
    La Trobe University
    Contact:
    Marilyn Anderson
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: DAV1707-001BLX
    Pre-breeding
    BA- Australian Grains Genebank 2017-2022
    Pre-breeding

    The Australian Grains Genebank (AGG) represents the national, consolidated deposit of all major grains germplasm collections. The AGG has a mandate for germplasm introductions, quarantine, storage, maintenance and information management to support

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2022

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    Organisation:
    [DO NOT USE - see DEECA] Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
    Contact:
    Sally Norton
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOA1601-007RTX
    Pre-breeding
    UA00168 - The 10 Genome Wheat Sequencing Consortium
    Pre-breeding

    Modern wheat cultivars carry a wide range of different genes associated with important traits, such as increased yield and disease resistance. This project will develop deep sequence profiles and assemblies for ten diverse wheat genotypes that can

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2021

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    Organisation:
    The University of Adelaide
    Contact:
    Ken Chalmers
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOA1703-014RTX
    Pre-breeding
    UA00157 - Development of tools to accelerate nematode resistance gene deployment
    Pre-breeding

    Nematodes are important pathogens of cereal crops in Australia. This investment will explore sources of resistance to two major nematodes, Cereal Cyst Nematode (CCN) and Pratylenchus thornei.Cereal cyst nematode (CCN) was once a very damaging

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2021

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    Organisation:
    The University of Adelaide
    Contact:
    Diane Mather
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: DAS1703-024OPX
    Pre-breeding
    DAS00148 Australian Pastures Genebank
    Pre-breeding

    The Australian Pastures Genebank (APG) is the custodian of one of the world's most diverse and significant temperate and tropical pasture and forage collections. The APG was established in 2014 from eleven significant pasture seed collections

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2028

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    Organisation:
    SA Research and Development Institute
    Contact:
    Alan Humphries
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: DPI1703-009RMX
    Pre-breeding
    DAN00202 New tools and germplasm for Australian pulse and oil seeds breeding programs to respond to changing virus threats
    Pre-breeding

    Profitable pulse and oilseed rotation crops are a key component of Australia's crop based farming systems. Pulses and oilseeds are susceptible to a range of virus diseases and improving genetic resistance is the most economical and sustainable

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2021

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    Organisation:
    Department of Regional NSW
    Contact:
    Joop van Leur
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: DAV1607-010BLX
    Pre-breeding
    9176093 - PulseBio Project 3: Stable grain yield in pulses through improved stress tolerance (P3)
    Pre-breeding

    Stress tolerance and disease resistance traits are routinely measured by pulse breeding programs, but data collection is limited by time constraints. High-throughput phenotyping technologies will allow much more accurate measurement of traits on a

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2021

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    Organisation:
    [DO NOT USE - see DEECA] Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
    Contact:
    Garry Rosewarne
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: DAV1607-006BLX
    Pre-breeding
    DAV00158 -DEPI BA-2- Quantifying the value of pulse grains
    Pre-breeding

    It is essential that Australian growers have access to pulse varieties that combine a suite of desirable traits including, increased grain yield, improved agronomic characteristics and optimal quality traits. These traits ensure the viability of the

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2021

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    Organisation:
    [DO NOT USE - see DEECA] Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
    Contact:
    Joe Panozzo
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UCS1607-003RTX
    Pre-breeding
    UCS00025 - 2015.01.18-Expanding options for sorghum- Food and Distilling
    Pre-breeding

    This investment will target the development of high value markets for Australian sorghum. Markets in the food and beverage industries will be targeted for characterisation and current Australian varieties (and competitor varieties) assessed for

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 15/03/2022

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    Organisation:
    Charles Sturt University
    Contact:
    Chris Blanchard
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOA1606-009RTX
    Pre-breeding
    UA00163 - Pulse Breeding Australia: Faba Bean Breeding
    Pre-breeding

    Faba bean is one of Australia's major cool season food legumes with production extending over a wide eco-geographic range with the major production area in the southern region (Victoria, South Australia) and a smaller area in the northern region

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2025

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    Organisation:
    The University of Adelaide
    Contact:
    Jason Able
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: DAV1607-011BLX
    Pre-breeding
    9176121 - PulseBio 4: Biosecure pulse seeds
    Pre-breeding

    The Australian Grains Genebank imports pulse germplasm for use by breeders and researchers. The two main bottlenecks in accessing and distributing new germplasm are the post-entry quarantine program, designed to minimise risk of new diseases

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2021

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    Organisation:
    [DO NOT USE - see DEECA] Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
    Contact:
    Solomon Maina
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOS1606-006OPX
    Pre-breeding
    US00083 - ARC Research Hub for Legumes for Sustainable Agriculture
    Pre-breeding

    The ARC Research Hub for Legumes for Sustainable Agriculture ("Hub") aims to provide Australian growers and industrial stakeholders with improved plant materials to maximise production, environmental sustainability and profitability. In

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2021

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    Organisation:
    University of Sydney
    Contact:
    Brent Kaiser
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UWA1606-004RTX
    Pre-breeding
    UWA00175 - An integrated platform for rapid genetic gain in pulse crops
    Pre-breeding

    Pulse genetic improvement has been constrained by the long lifecycle of the plant; a feature that results in slow rates of genetic gain in breeding programs. The objectives of this project are to further develop an Accelerated Single Seed Descent

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2021

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    Organisation:
    University of Western Australia
    Contact:
    Janine Croser
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UMU1606-002RMX
    Pre-breeding
    UMU00049 - 2016.02.01F - Maintenance of grain plumpness and transfer of heat tolerance into Australian barley germplasm
    Pre-breeding

    Annual average economic losses from heat damage in Australian wheat crops are estimated to be about $1.1billion. Climate models predict that in the grain belt of Australia the average temperature will increase by 2-3 C and rainfall will decrease by

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 28/06/2022

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    Organisation:
    Murdoch University
    Contact:
    Chengdao Li
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOS1606-001RTX
    Pre-breeding
    US00080 - 2016.02.01G A national approach to improving heat tolerance in wheat through more efficient carbon allocation
    Pre-breeding

    Heat damage which predominantly arises from heat shock or longer-term temperatures above optimum during the reproductive and grain filling stages, is one of the most regular and limiting constraints to Australian wheat production.This project

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/12/2022

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    Organisation:
    University of Sydney
    Contact:
    Richard Trethowan
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: ANU1601-001RTX
    Pre-breeding
    ANU00025 - Using next generation approaches to exploit phenotypic variation in photosynthetic efficiency to increase wheat yield
    Pre-breeding

    A global consortium effort aims to improve photosynthetic performance in wheat as part of the International Wheat Yield Partnership. This project forms part of that international initiative. In this project, phenotyping photosynthetic characters

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/04/2020

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    Organisation:
    Australian National University
    Contact:
    John Evans
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOS1507-008RMX
    Pre-breeding
    US00075 - Integrated Genetic Solutions to Crown Rot in Wheat
    Pre-breeding

    Crown rot is an important disease of wheat in Australia. Development of resistant varieties has been hampered by the lack of reliable, repeatable, and robust phenotyping methods suitable of use in commercial breeding programs. Furthermore, the

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2020

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    Organisation:
    University of Sydney
    Contact:
    Phillip Davies
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: CSP1507-006RTX
    Pre-breeding
    CSP00192 - Development of gene deployment strategies: using evolutionary principles to optimise the development of genetic resistance in crops
    Pre-breeding

    Disease control in agriculture is very often ephemeral with resistance based on genetic approaches often showing little durability. A major source of this instability lies in the fact that host-pathogen systems are biotic interactions in which both

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/12/2020

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    Organisation:
    CSIRO
    Contact:
    Peter Thrall
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOS1507-005RMX
    Pre-breeding
    US00074 - Development of genetic tools for Australian barley crops against leaf rust
    Pre-breeding

    Growing resistant varieties is an important part of an integrated disease management plan for the control of barley leaf rust. This investment will characterise and isolate three major resistance genes that have not yet been deployed in barley

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2021

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    Organisation:
    University of Sydney
    Contact:
    Robert Park
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: CSP1506-005RTX
    Pre-breeding
    CSP00199 - Validation trials for dwarfing genes, vigour x management interactions, and preliminary assessment of rate of grain-filling
    Pre-breeding

    Grain yield is a genetically complex character making selection for combinations of favourable alleles for performance under water limitation difficult. A previous project used GRDC's managed environment facilities (MEF) to provide reliable

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/12/2020

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    Organisation:
    CSIRO
    Contact:
    Greg Rebetzke
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UMU1506-001RTX
    Pre-breeding
    UMU00048 - Genetic approaches to reduce the nitrogen dilution effect and increase nitrogen-use efficiency (NUE) in wheat in wheat
    Pre-breeding

    The nitrogen dilution effect refers to the observation that high wheat yields are often associated with low grain protein content (GPC). As grain protein is a key determinant of price, growers seek to maintain both high yield and high GPC.This

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/04/2022

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    Organisation:
    Murdoch University
    Contact:
    Wujun Ma
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UMU1501-002RTX
    Pre-breeding
    UMU00046 Improved Adaption of Barley to Acid Soils
    Pre-breeding

    Soil acidity with high levels of toxic aluminium is the largest (in area) soil constraint limiting sustainable barley production in Australia. Tolerant barley varieties are available but some of the more tolerant genotypes are associated with a blue

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/12/2020

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    Organisation:
    Murdoch University
    Contact:
    Chengdao Li
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UMU1406-002RTX
    Pre-breeding
    UMU00050-DAW00240 - Manipulating barley phenology to maximise yield potential
    Pre-breeding

    The time of flowering is known to be the single most important trait that determines the adaptation and yield of barley, and other cereals, to the variable climates and diverse growing regions of the Australian grain belt. Achieving the highest

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2020

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    Organisation:
    Murdoch University
    Contact:
    Chengdao Li
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: DAW1406-005RTX
    Pre-breeding
    DAW00238 - Development of lupin molecular markers tagging yield QTL genes and yield-related°
    Pre-breeding

    Lupin is the most important grain legume in Australia for acid, well drained, light textured soils in southern Australia. It provides a viable break crop in Australian crop rotations by facilitating disease and weed control in cereal rotations as

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2020

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    Organisation:
    Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
    Contact:
    Gaofeng Zhou
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: CUR1406-001RTX
    Pre-breeding
    CUR00024 - Genetics of wild germplasm, gene-pool expansion and integrated ASSD approach to enhance adaptive potential in chickpea
    Pre-breeding

    Cultivated chickpea (Cicer arietinum) has a narrow genetic base which constrains the ability to find valuable genetic diversity that could be used in developing improved varieties for Australian growers. This project aimed to broaden genetic

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2021

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    Organisation:
    Curtin University
    Contact:
    Lars Kamphuis
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: USQ1406-002RTX
    Pre-breeding
    USQ00017 - Assessing collections of wild chickpea relatives for resistance to root-lesion nematodes
    Pre-breeding

    Chickpea (Cicer arietinum) is an important pulse crop grown in Australia and internationally where it is an important source of protein in many countries. It is the major grain legume in the northern region of Australia and brings many benefits as a

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/12/2021

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    Organisation:
    University of Southern Queensland
    Contact:
    Rebecca Zwart
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UMU1406-001RTX
    Pre-breeding
    UMU00044 - Identifying low pH tolerance and effective rhizobia for wild Cicer to improve adaptation to acid sandy soils
    Pre-breeding

    Soil acidity restricts plant growth mainly due to the toxicity effects of Aluminium (Al) and Manganese (Mn). Deficiencies of Molybdenum (Mo), Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), Calcium (Ca) and Magnesium (Mg) can also occur in acid soils. In Western

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 31/01/2022

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    Organisation:
    Murdoch University
    Contact:
    Richard Bell
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: CSP1403-012RTX
    Pre-breeding
    CSP00185 - Collection, phenotyping and exploitation of wild Cicer genetic resources for chickpea improvement
    Pre-breeding

    Chickpea production has expanded dramatically over the last 14 years to become Australia's most valuable pulse export. However, the Mediterranean production environments of southern and western Australia pose specific adaptive challenges such as

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2021

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    Organisation:
    CSIRO
    Contact:
    Jens Berger
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: CUR1403-002BLX
    Pre-breeding
    CUR00023 - CCDM - Centre for Crop and Disease management
    Pre-breeding

    Foliar fungal pathogens are a significant threat to grain production and productivity in Australia. The diversity and impact of foliar pathogens continues to grow across all major production areas. The drivers increasing pathogen impact include:

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2027

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    Organisation:
    Curtin University
    Contact:
    Mark Gibberd
    Project status:
    status icon Active
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: ICA1401-001RTX
    Pre-breeding
    ICA00011 - Pre-emptive chickpea pre-breeding for biotic stresses and germplasm enhancement
    Pre-breeding

    Chickpea suffers from a range of biotic and abiotic stresses that can cause significant production losses. The losses caused by many of these stresses can be avoided through the breeding of resistant or tolerant varieties, but appropriate genes are

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2020

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    Organisation:
    International Centre for Agriculture Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA)
    Contact:
    Aladdin Hamwieh
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: CSP1307-005RTX
    Pre-breeding
    CSP00175 - Maintaining wheat grain number under reproductive-stage drought conditions.
    Pre-breeding

    In Australia, optimising wheat yields is a balancing act between conditions that are either too cold or too hot and dry. Stabilising productivity of wheat crops in these conditions requires wheat varieties that are more tolerant to abiotic stress

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/09/2020

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    Organisation:
    CSIRO
    Contact:
    Rudy Dolferus
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: DAV1306-002RMX
    Pre-breeding
    DAV00127 - Using next-generation genetics to accelerate variety improvement in bread wheat, durum and barley
    Pre-breeding

    Recent advancements in DNA genotyping and DNA sequencing technologies have produced a quantum shift in the rate of progress that can be made in understanding the genetic basis of trait variation. This investment provides direct access and support

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2020

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    Organisation:
    [DO NOT USE - see DEECA] Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
    Contact:
    Matthew Hayden
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: UOA1306-002RTX
    Pre-breeding
    UA00143 - Australian Wheat and Barley Molecular Marker Program - Genetic Analysis
    Pre-breeding

    The objectives of this national project are to investigate the genetic control of important traits of wheat and barley and provide genetic knowledge and DNA markers that can be used in germplasm development and breeding. The key research activities

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2020

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    Organisation:
    The University of Adelaide
    Contact:
    Diane Mather
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: CSP1306-002RTX
    Pre-breeding
    CSP00168 - Photosynthesis Traits for Raising Wheat Yield Potential
    Pre-breeding

    To meet global demand for wheat, a doubling of the rate of annual progress in wheat breeding is necessary. Future gains in yield potential need to come from increases in biomass, achievable by improving radiation use efficiency and photosynthesis.

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/04/2020

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    Organisation:
    CSIRO
    Contact:
    Tony Condon
    Project status:
    status icon Completed
  • GRDC brand icon GRDC code: DAN1306-005RTX
    Pre-breeding
    DAN00172-BA - Managing Crop Disease - Improving chickpea pathogen resistance (PRR)
    Pre-breeding

    Pulses are a vital component of Australia's cereal-based cropping systems. They contribute to soil nitrogen and reduce the impact of cereal diseases, resulting in improved yield, quality and profitability. In addition, pulses such as chickpea

    Project start date: undefined - Project end date: 30/06/2022

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    Organisation:
    NSW Department of Primary Industry
    Contact:
    Kristy Hobson
    Project status:
    status icon Completed