Designing a field trial with the big picture in mind

2018-01-25T15:14:29+00:00 25 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+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 [...]

The hunt for high salt tolerant barley crops gets closer

2018-05-02T13:26:02+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 [...]

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 [...]

A better way to tackle environmental variation in your greenhouse research

2018-05-04T15:53:23+00:00 7 March 2017|

Statistics prove the smart way to deal with variation in your controlled environment greenhouse. Plant phenomics allows the measurement of plant growth with unprecedented precision. As a result, the question [...]

Sun protection and diversity could be key to more productive rice crops

2018-05-04T16:00:31+00:00 16 February 2017|

With a rapidly growing population, improving the yield of global food staples such as rice has become an urgent focus for plant scientists. In a recent study published on Plant [...]