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Scientists at DPI’s Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute have unearthed genes in canola that boost resistance to major disease threat blackleg, paving the way for new canola varieties with “durable resistance” to blackleg fungal attack.
The yellow Cavendish banana is ubiquitous. But a global monoculture of these genetically identical plants leaves the variety vulnerable to disease. Now researchers have the tools to identify and transfer ‘resistance genes’ and are working towards hardier, better Cavendish crops.
Bugs that survive insecticides grow stronger. And discovering new, effective toxins through genetics is time-consuming – finding the nexus between a particular bug and its poison can take decades. Now, scientists at Massachusetts’ Harvard University are using advanced PACE technology speed up the search for new Bt toxins to kill insecticide-resistant super-bugs.
Almond trees that fertilise themselves, resist disease and produce more, higher-nutrient, better-tasting nuts? Yes, it is possible, say Uni of Adelaide researchers – and the first such trees could be on the market by 2016.