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Spatially and temporally evaluating the skill of seasonal forecasting systems to aid with on-farm decision making

Description

Australian growers and producers lack access to quantitative, contextualised comparisons of seasonal forecast skill for rainfall and temperature for different seasonal forecast systems. This project will develop that knowledge base, extend it to growers and producers, and demonstrate the value of seasonal forecasting for strategic decision making on-farm via simulated case studies linking crop and livestock modelling tools with seasonal forecast information.

RFT Number

PROC-9176050

Closing date & time

Thursday 10th of October 2019, at 02:00 PM ACT local time

Details

Release date: Friday 6th of September 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 17th of September 2019

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‘Hands-on Precision Agriculture Training for Growers

Description

This investment aims to provide introductory training that will impart technology skills to growers in a ‘hands-on’ manner and will be specific to and driven by issues raised by growers in each region (initial scoping phase). Specific to these issues, it will showcase mobile device integration technologies and low cost, simple PA methods already in use by growers and advisers. Various mapping-based apps that may assist in simplifying the transition to applied decision making utilising spatial information and on the opportunity for VRT integration into farm management systems, will be discussed. It will also identify a selection of cost effective precision agricture opportunities that growers can consider implementing on farm to respond to key management and resource input decision that effection profitability.

RFT Number

PROC-9176035

Closing date & time

Friday 4th of October 2019, at 05:00 PM ACT local time

Details

Release date: Wednesday 28th of August 2019
Last updated: Tuesday 10th of September 2019

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Maximising the uptake of phosphorus by crops to optimise profit in central and southern NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

Description

This investment will discover if improved acquisition of P by crops is limited by distribution of P in the profile, or whether soil moisture limitations during the season prevent crop P uptake, or in fact, whether both factors interact impacting P acquisition. A network of field trials will inform critical soil P test values at and below 0-10cm on a range of soil types in central and southern NSW, Victoria and South Australia. The investment will also develop strategies to maximise return on P fertiliser investment. It is expected that outputs from, but not limited to, UQ00082 and ASO1806-001RTX will assist in site selection and methods for field experimentation. Applications restricted in scope to a single GRDC region will be considered; however, applicants are encouraged to form cross-regional and state partnerships, to facilitate peer review, standardise research methods and consolidate knowledge. PhD scholarships will also be considered as part of this investment.

RFT Number

PROC-9176042

Closing date & time

Monday 30th of September 2019, at 02:00 PM ACT local time

Details

Release date: Friday 23rd of August 2019
Last updated: Monday 9th of September 2019

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LMA Project B – A novel high-throughput, low-cost test to determine cause of starch damage in wheat grain

Description

This investment is one of three interrelated investments aimed at managing and eliminating the effect of Late Maturity alpha-Amylase (LMA) in wheat through improved phenotyping and modelling: PROC- 9176016 LMA Project A – Improved phenotyping for Late Maturity alpha-Amylase (LMA) susceptibility in wheat PROC- 9176017 LMA Project B – A novel high-throughput, low-cost test to determine cause of starch damage in wheat grain; and LMA Project C – An improved model of Late Maturity alpha-Amylase (LMA) field risk in Australian wheat.

This tender is for the development of a rapid, mobile, low-cost test for starch degradation in wheat grains which can also determine the cause of damage as LMA or PHS. Such a test will be valuable to breeders and pre-breeders seeking to determine the cause of starch damage in breeding material and research populations in the field, increasing the speed at which LMA susceptibility can be controlled by genetics. The technology could also be used by growers to aid post-harvest decision making and by grain receivers to rapidly and reliably determine starch damage.

It is expected that the successful applicant will propose an innovative approach that may include imaging science, biochemistry and/or molecular biology. The proposed approach may also borrow from other disciplines such as medical sciences, food sciences, physics and engineering. A proof of concept of the proposed approach will be highly regarded in assessment. The tender is open to private, public and private-public partnerships.

RFT Number

PROC-9176017

Closing date & time

Thursday 12th of September 2019, at 02:00 PM ACT local time

Details

Release date: Friday 19th of July 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 4th of September 2019

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LMA Project A – Improved phenotyping for Late Maturity alpha-Amylase (LMA) susceptibility in wheat

Description

This investment is one of three interrelated investments aimed at managing and eliminating the effect of Late Maturity alpha-Amylase (LMA) in wheat through improved phenotyping and modelling: PROC-9176016 LMA Project A – Improved phenotyping for Late Maturity alpha-Amylase (LMA) susceptibility in wheat; PROC-9176017 LMA Project B – A novel high-throughput, low-cost test to determine cause of starch damage in wheat grain; and LMA Project C – An improved model of Late Maturity alpha-Amylase (LMA) field risk in Australian wheat.

This procurement focusses on the development of an innovative LMA susceptibility screening methodology that has increased throughput, scalability, repeatability and significantly reduced costs in comparison to the current benchmark assay.

It is expected that the successful applicant will propose a multi-disciplinary approach with potential inputs from fields such as phenomics, molecular biology, biometrics, plant physiology, plant breeding and genetics.

Innovative solutions may also borrow from other disciplines such as robotics, medical sciences, mathematics and engineering.

The successful applicant will be expected to actively engage with industry stakeholders (Australian wheat breeding companies and Wheat Quality Australia) as well as the successful applicant of ‘LMA Project C – An improved model of Late Maturity alpha-Amylase (LMA) field risk in Australian wheat’.

RFT Number

PROC-9176016

Closing date & time

Thursday 12th of September 2019, at 02:00 PM ACT local time

Details

Release date: Friday 19th of July 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 14th of August 2019

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Distribution of Ramularia across the Australian grain belt

Description

This investment will combine three surveillance approaches over two seasons to determine the incidence and distribution of Ramularia across the Australian grain belt.

RFT Number

PROC-9176011

Closing date & time

Tuesday 13th of August 2019, at 02:00 PM ACT local time

Details

Release date: Thursday 18th of July 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 14th of August 2019

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Improving the adaptation and profitability of high value pulses (chickpea and lentil) across Australian agroecological zones

Description

This investment aims at comprehensive characterisation of major genes and loci controlling phenology/flowering time, a key adaptation trait, in cultivated chickpea and lentil and their wild relatives. The investment will generate a comprehensive, high-quality dataset of chickpea and lentil phenology (flowering, beginning and end of pod-set, maturity) from field trials with locations in the three growing regions, controlled environment facilities, and large samples of diverse genetic material.

RFT Number

PROC-9176009

Closing date & time

Wednesday 21st of August 2019, at 02:00 PM ACT local time

Details

Release date: Monday 15th of July 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 14th of August 2019

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Boosting the capability and capacity of graduate agronomists – GRDC Northern Region.

Description

This investment proposes utilising current GRDC Northern Region branded and supported events, such as the GRDC Research Updates and sponsored Field Days, to stage a series of short events (breakfast or pre-dinner gatherings) to support the introduction of experienced agronomists and advisers to graduate level agronomists. In addition, this investment encompasses the establishment of strong linkages into the relevant GRDC Northern Region university/college campuses to develop the bridge between study and career.

RFT Number

PROC-9175998

Closing date & time

Tuesday 6th of August 2019, at 02:00 PM ACT local time

Details

Release date: Tuesday 9th of July 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 14th of August 2019

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Facilitating adoption of integrated weed management strategies for feathertop Rhodes grass in the Northern Region, Prg 2. (southern NSW)

Description

This investment consists of two interrelated procurements. The applicant may apply for one, or both of the procurements (PROC-9176000 Program 1 and this one). Where only one of the procurements is applied for, applicants should demonstrate how they will link with the corresponding program. This investment, Program 2, will: 1. Develop and promote a feathertop Rhodes grass IWM strategy for the farming systems of southern NSW.

RFT Number

PROC-9176001

Closing date & time

Thursday 1st of August 2019, at 02:00 PM ACT local time

Details

Release date: Friday 5th of July 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 14th of August 2019

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Facilitating adoption of integrated weed management strategies for Feathertop Rhodes grass in the Northern Region, Prg1. (northern NSW & Qld.)

Description

This investment consists of two interrelated procurements. The applicant may apply for one, or both the procurements (PROC-9176001 Program 2 and this one). Where only one of the procurements is applied for, applicants should demonstrate how they will link with the corresponding program. This investment Program 1 will: 1. Update the IWM plan for feathertop Rhodes grass (originally released in 2014) and use targeted extension and communication strategies to facilitate adoption of it in northern NSW and Queensland.

RFT Number

PROC-9176000

Closing date & time

Thursday 1st of August 2019, at 02:00 PM ACT local time

Details

Release date: Friday 5th of July 2019
Last updated: Wednesday 14th of August 2019

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