GRDC quality initiative

THE GRDC has announced a new strategic initiative - within 10 years to eliminate pre-harvest sprouting, late maturity amylase and black point as sources of losses to growers and the grains industry.

According to the 2002-03 research prospectus, in the short term, industry requires management strategies and decision support tools to reduce the risks faced by growers, while plant breeding programs need support to screen breeding material and to select against the defects.

In the longer term the aim is to have new wheat varieties intended for milling grades to be genetically free of defects. For this to occur, fundamental understanding of the genetics and biochemistry of the disorders must be improved.

In calling for proposals to develop a comprehensive R&D program to address these key industry issues, the GROG wants the short-term objectives substantially achieved by 2004 and the longer-term ones delivered progressively.