Novel pulses named for new season planting

Image of five people kneeling in a young chickpea crop

(From left) PBA team: Mark Sweetingham, (DAFWA), Kristy Hobson
(NSW DPI), Alan Meldrum (Pulse Australia), Brondwen MacLean
(GRDC breeding programs) and Ian Pritchard (DAFWA) at the launch
of the new chickpea variety PBA StrikerPBR logo at the Mingenew-Irwin site
in WA.

A suite of high-yielding pulse varieties have been released by Pulse Breeding Australia (PBA) for planting in 2013.

The agronomic traits of the new varieties – a chickpea, a faba bean, two lentils and a field pea – were briefly outlined in the September–October edition of Ground Cover. More details about their key attributes and the regions to which they are adapted are now available (Table 1).

In addition to the table published here, PBA coordinator Fleur Winter is encouraging growers and agronomists to look at the management brochures for each of the new varieties, which were recently published on the PBA webpage ( 

The brochures provide suggestions for appropriate agronomic practices, disease management and information on disease ratings for each variety as well as a list of industry contacts for sourcing further advice.

Table 1: Summary of the key attributes of five new pulse varieties launched across Australia this spring

Name PBA StrikerPBR logo PBA PearlPBR logo PBA AcePBR logo PBA BoltPBR logo PBA WardaPBR logo
Pulse Desi chickpea White field pea Medium red lentil Medium red lentil Faba bean
Area of adaptation WA, SA, Victoria All pea-growing areas. but particularly those that can market grain for stockfeed until human consumption export markets are established All lentil-growing regions Mallee, northern Wimmera of Victoria, upper mid-north of SA Northern NSW and southern Queensland
Yield 7 to 13% higher1 Highest2 Highest3 Highest4 5% higher5
Maturity Early Early Mid Early to Mid Early
Flowering Early Early/Mid Mid Early/Mid Early
Seed size Medium Medium to large Medium Medium Medium
Lodging resistance Similar to PBA SlasherPBR logo R MS/MR R MR
Plant type Semi-spreading Semi-dwarf, semi-leafless Similar to Nugget Similar to PBA FlashPBR logo Medium Height
Disease resistance as applicable Ascochyta blight MR MS R MR/R S
Botrytis grey mould S - MR MS -
Phytophthora root rot S - - - -
Bean leafroll virus - R - - MT
Bacterial blight - MS - - -
Downy mildew - R - - -
Powdery mildew - S - - -
Pea seed-borne mosaic virus - S - - -
Faba bean rust - - - - MR/R
Chocolate spot - - - - MS
Shattering resistance as applicable - MR MS R -
Seed enquiries Seednet 1300 799 246 Seednet 1300 799 246 PB Seeds 03 5383 2213 PB Seeds 03 5383 2213 Viterra 0439 277 122
Notes: 1 Than recently released varieties in WA. 2 Highest yielding field pea available to growers in medium-to-long growing season climates. 3 Highest yielding red lentil available. 4 Highest yield of current varieties under drought conditions (measured in Victoria, WA and NSW). Similar in yield to PBA FlashPBR logo in SA. 5 Than DozaPBR logo in both dryland and irrigated trials. In low-rainfall or short-season regions PBA PearlPBR logo has similar yield potential to other short-season varieties recently released such as PBA GunyahPBR logo.
Key: S=susceptible; MS=moderately susceptible; MR=moderately resistant; R=resistant; I=intolerant; MI=moderately intolerant; MT=moderately tolerant.
SOURCE: Pulse Breeding Australia

More information:

Fleur Winter
0417 926 033

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