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Biotype of Australia’s Russian wheat aphid populations now known

2017-11-24T10:59:51+00:00 24 November 2017|

Australian scientists have confirmed that the Russian Wheat Aphid (RWA) now established throughout parts of the nation’s south-eastern cropping regions is a single biotype. This new knowledge, achieved through research [...]

New discovery to accelerate development of salt-tolerant grapevines

2017-12-13T12:43:53+00:00 23 November 2017|

A recent discovery by Australian scientists is likely to improve the sustainability of the Australian wine sector and significantly accelerate the breeding of more robust salt-tolerant grapevines. With funding from [...]

Small group scoops international effort to sequence huge wheat genome

2017-12-13T13:15:05+00:00 2 November 2017|

The wheat genome is finally complete. A giant international consortium of academics and companies has been trying to finish the challenging DNA sequence for more than a decade, but in [...]

Breeders and researchers unite to accelerate variety advances

2017-12-07T11:55:17+00:00 2 November 2017|

Wheat variety development has been given an important boost through a new research hub that pairs three universities with three breeding companies to advance and potentially speed-up new trait discoveries. [...]

Don’t potter around… our postgrad internship grants close soon!

2017-12-05T12:00:41+00:00 26 October 2017|

There are 5 short weeks until the next round of Postgraduate Internship Awards at the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) will close – 30 November, 2017. Internships are offered at [...]

The hunt for high salt tolerant barley crops gets closer

2017-10-26T13:56:23+00:00 17 October 2017|

Soil salinity severely impacts crop growth and yield. Within minutes of exposure to salt, cell expansion, leaf expansion, photosynthesis, transpiration and tillering are reduced. When salts accumulate to toxic concentrations [...]

Bumper funding to enhance national infrastructure and grains research

2017-12-07T11:34:12+00:00 17 October 2017|

Dean of the Waite Mike Keller, GRDC Managing Director Steve Jefferies, and GRDC Chairman John Woods in a greenhouse with DroughtSpotter system at the APPF’s Adelaide node. National [...]

Time to think outside the pot… oops, box! Apply for an APPF postgraduate internship award.

2017-12-05T11:58:05+00:00 17 October 2017|

The next round of Postgraduate Internship Awards at the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) will close 30 November, 2017. Internships are offered at the three APPF locations in Adelaide and [...]

Collaborating for the common good: CIMMYT and CSIRO meet to capitalise on strengths

2017-12-07T11:32:12+00:00 16 August 2017|

Plant scientists around the world share a common goal:  understanding plants to improve their tolerance of environmental stresses, resist disease and ultimately, increase yield. Global collaborations that share knowledge and [...]

Want to fly drones? New Remote Pilot Licence training course available

2017-10-26T14:00:41+00:00 16 August 2017|

Dr Ramesh Raja Segaran from APPF partner, URAF The Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility (URAF) at the University of Adelaide, is offering a commercial drone course leading to the [...]

International consortia tackle the global challenge to increase wheat yields at the APPF

2017-12-07T11:55:16+00:00 16 August 2017|

Two international consortia of scientists from the United States, Great Britain, Mexico and Australia are currently carrying out research projects of global importance at the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility’s (APPF) [...]

Growing rice faster – uncovering the triggers behind early canopy closure

2017-10-26T14:06:54+00:00 4 July 2017|

By combining high-resolution image-based phenotyping with functional mapping and genome prediction, a new study has provided insights into the complex genetic architecture and molecular mechanisms underlying early shoot growth dynamics [...]