DAW00238 - Development of lupin molecular markers tagging yield QTL genes and yield-related phenology traits
Project Start Date
30 June 2014
Project End Date
30 June 2019
Western Australian Agriculture Authority (WAAA)
Lupin is the most important grain legume in Australia for acid, well drained, light textured soils in southern Australia. They provide a viable break crop in Australian crop rotations by facilitating disease and weed control in cereal rotations as well as providing legume nitrogen inputs and on-farm stubble and seed for stock feed. Prices received for lupins over the past 10 years has averaged only $250/tonne. Crop input costs have been rising thus leading to lower profitability for lupin. Efforts to both increase the price in world commodity markets as well as increasing grain yield in lupins are needed to enhance the appeal of lupins as a profitable and sustainable crop option in farming systems. Yield improvements are required in both current and potential lupin growing regions across Australia. New yield-related genes are required to complement existing yield progress over 40 years of breeding since the first fully domesticated, early flowering cultivar in Australia was released in 1973. This project aims to increase breeding efficiency for higher yield by developing molecular markers for yield and yield-promoting traits in narrow-leafed lupin and additionally to provide new yield, phenology, plant vigour and drought tolerance related traits to the core lupin breeding program.
20 August 2015
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