Image-based phenomics examines pasture mixtures – in one pot

2020-10-20T16:27:47+10:3020 October 2020|

An in-depth study of how mixed pastures respond to nutrient limitation was undertaken by Dr Kirsten Ball using the APPF’s high throughput, image-based phenotyping (HTP) facility at The Plant Accelerator [...]

Role for videogame design in agriculture and regeneration

2020-08-14T13:33:07+09:3012 August 2020|

Traditional videogame design tools may well have potential for use in agriculture and landscape simulation to better plan and predict crop yields, while promoting regenerative agriculture. A collaboration between the APPF’s [...]

Jungle Fever – measuring chlorophyll in the rainforests of Borneo

2020-07-27T14:48:52+09:3027 July 2020|

A chlorophyll meter courtesy of APPF found its way to Sabah in Malaysian Borneo where Hannah Carle, a PhD student at ANU, used it to measure chlorophyll content - among [...]

Exciting new technology for CT scanning of wheat grains for stress tolerance to arrive at APPF in late 2020

2020-02-26T18:04:23+10:3026 February 2020|

Scientists have developed a computed tomography (CT) scanning method for screening large samples of wheat for drought and heat tolerance. They believe the new system will allow more accurate and [...]

How phenomics can help accelerate the discovery of drought and heat tolerant traits in Australian Canola

2019-08-20T15:55:37+09:3020 August 2019|

  Canola (Oilseed Brassica napus) is ranked second amongst the major oilseeds behind soy, which dominates global production. It is an important crop in most grain growing regions of Australia, [...]

Variable water cycles have a greater impact on wheat growth and soil nitrogen response than constant watering

2019-05-27T11:48:42+09:3027 May 2019|

  A study featuring research by Adelaide-Nottingham PhD student Olivia Cousins, has found cycling water availability from wet to dry reduced plant growth in wheat more than maintaining a constant [...]

Wild barley reveals drought tolerant traits that could improve elite cultivars

2019-04-30T16:33:24+09:3030 April 2019|

A team of scientists from the University of Adelaide, Australian Plant Phenomics Facility and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg have identified beneficial alleles from wild barley that can be used for [...]

High-throughput 3D modelling to dissect the genetic control of leaf elongation in barley

2019-01-10T10:07:47+10:309 January 2019|

Counting and measuring the length of leaves on a barley plant sounds simple enough. But try doing it on hundreds of plants on a daily basis, something you would need [...]

Novel salt-tolerant genetic loci detected in glasshouse show increased wheat grain yield in the Australian environment

2018-10-25T16:34:40+10:3025 October 2018|

A team of scientists, including the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility's Dr Bettina Berger, have identified a number of novel beneficial genetic loci (so-called quantitative trait loci or QTL) that associated [...]

Shared knowledge helps accelerate research results for global benefit in C4 rice project

2018-08-30T17:24:35+09:3030 August 2018|

High-throughput 'Setraia virids' mutant populations at IRRI - (Image source: C4 Rice Centre IRRI)   Setaria viridis successfully screened for mutants with altered CO2 compensation points using high-throughput [...]

Designing a field trial with the big picture in mind

2018-01-25T15:14:29+10:3025 January 2018|

How many plants? How many replicates? Fully randomised, randomised blocks or Latin square? These are standard and time-honoured questions when designing a field trial or greenhouse experiment according to the Australian Plant [...]

New discovery to accelerate development of salt-tolerant grapevines

2017-12-13T12:43:53+10:3023 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 [...]

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