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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

Monday 26th of August 2019, at 02:00 PM ACT local time

Details

Release date: Friday 19th of July 2019
Last updated: Friday 19th of July 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

Monday 26th of August 2019, at 02:00 PM ACT local time

Details

Release date: Friday 19th of July 2019
Last updated: Friday 19th of July 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: Thursday 18th of July 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: Monday 15th of July 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: Monday 8th of July 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: Tuesday 16th of July 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: Tuesday 16th of July 2019

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Regional harvester set-up workshops for the economic optimisation of harvest losses, efficiency and grain quality

Description

This investment proposes a series of interactive harvester set-up days located across Western (30), Southern (24) and Northern (30) regions to service growers at subregion level. Event delivery and duration will vary for each region. This three-year investment will inform growers, harvest contractors, advisors and machinery resellers on harvester set-up and front to back grain quality/ losses through an interactive program with the aim to maximise harvest efficiency and optimise grain losses including the integration of effective harvest weed seed control. Information will be practical and delivered using a range of local grower’s machinery. Development of extension materials and evaluation of the grower & contractor practice change as a result of attending will be incorporated into this investment and will include the development of case studies and video content. Applicants can apply for delivery in one or multiple regions.

RFT Number

PROC-9175995

Closing date & time

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

Details

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

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Soilborne Pathogen Identification and Management Strategies for Winter Cereals

Description

Soilborne pathogens are a widespread problem across the Western, Southern and the winter dominant, cereal growing areas in the Northern region of Australia. A number of reports indicate that growers often rely on above-ground crop symptoms to diagnose issues. This is problematic as the above-ground health of the crop can often be a poor indicator of root health. It is essential that growers are aware of alternate methods of identification, and are encouraged to use diagnostic services (such as PredictaB), so they have the ability to implement the correct management strategies to avoid crop yield losses from soilborne pathogens. This investment will test localised soilborne disease management strategies utilising large plot, non-replicated demonstration sites across the Western, Southern and Northern winter dominant, cereal growing regions, following correct pathogen identification.

RFT Number

PROC-9175989

Closing date & time

Tuesday 30th of July 2019, at 05:00 PM ACT local time

Details

Release date: Friday 21st of June 2019
Last updated: Friday 21st of June 2019

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Maintain the longevity of soils constraints investments and increase grower adoption through extension - Western Region

Description

This investment proposal aims to increase grower adoption of key soil amelioration practices, new technologies and methods that address soils constraints through continued and novel extension of known research. Peer to peer learning, demonstrating the economic value of new technologies and practices and the validation of the extension methods, is essential in the delivery of this project.

RFT Number

PROC-9175986

Closing date & time

Thursday 25th of July 2019, at 05:00 PM ACT local time

Details

Release date: Friday 21st of June 2019
Last updated: Friday 21st of June 2019

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