Advanced lupin variety released
Dr Bevan Buirchell, senior lupin breeder with the Department of Agriculture and Food, WA (DAFWA), says the new variety, developed as part of a major and ongoing investment by the GRDC, will be launched and named on 10 September at the West Midlands Group’s spring field day, 20 kilometres west of Dandaragan.
The variety, currently known as WALAN2325, is the latest release from the Pulse Breeding Australia (PBA) national lupin breeding program for southern Australia.
PBA is a joint venture between the GRDC, DAFWA, the University of Adelaide, the South Australian Research and Development Institute, the Victorian Department of Primary Industries (DPI), the New South Wales DPI, the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the University of Sydney and Pulse Australia. It aims to deliver better pulse varieties faster.
Dr Buirchell says trials in WA from 2008 to 2012 show the new lupin yields up to 12 per cent more than Tanjil. It also has metribuzin tolerance for enhanced broadleaf weed control and resistance to anthracnose similar to Tanjil.
WALAN2325 is expected to replace Tanjil in WA, but is broadly adapted to all parts of southern Australia.
Dr Buirchell says there will be enough seed available to allow WA growers to start bulking up the variety in 2014. Growers in eastern Australia may have to wait until 2015 for seed.
Dr Bevan Buirchell,
0428 957 896,
Anne Wilkins, executive officer, West Midlands Group,
08 9651 4008,
Details on how to locate the lupin field day site at Peter and Daisy Negus’s farm on the Brand Highway are available from West Midlands Group executive officer Anne Wilkins.
GRDC Project Code DAW00181
Region South, West, North