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Queensland scientists save Cavendish banana from devastating Panama disease

Queensland scientists save Cavendish banana from devastating Panama disease

In a world-first field trial, QUT researchers have successfully developed and grown Cavendish banana cultivars that are resistant to virulent soil-borne fungus Fusarium wilt TR4, also known as Panama disease. The finding is a global game-changer.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 16th Nov 2017
Plant Innovation Centre to bolster Australia’s biosecurity

Plant Innovation Centre to bolster Australia’s biosecurity

With passenger and cargo arrivals expected to near-double by 2050, Australia is preparing for a biosecurity assault, launching an R&D facility near Melbourne’s international airport to develop innovations that safeguard plant biosecurity.
AgInnovators, Published 2nd Nov 2017
RNA discovery could pump up plants’ tolerance to heat, drought and salt

RNA discovery could pump up plants’ tolerance to heat, drought and salt

Scientists at Texas A&M AgriLife Research in the US have discovered a ribonucleic acid (RNA) that boosts thale cress plants’ tolerance to environmental stressors including drought, heat and salinity – with potential to revolutionise cropping
AgInnovators, Published 22nd Sep 2017
Australia part of global effort to develop perennial wheat

Australia part of global effort to develop perennial wheat

NSW Department of Primary Industries, working with US scientists, are on track to deliver dual-purpose perennial wheat varieties tailored to conditions Down Under that enable more flexible, sustainable cropping systems.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 2nd Jul 2017
CSIRO scientists create spray-on solution to soil moisture loss

CSIRO scientists create spray-on solution to soil moisture loss

CSIRO scientists have developed a spray-on, biodegradable mulch-mat-style membrane for paddocks that cuts evaporation, curbs weeds and should be ready for commercial launch within two years.
AgInnovators, Published 18th Nov 2016
With the familiar Cavendish banana in danger, can science help it survive?

With the familiar Cavendish banana in danger, can science help it survive?

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.
Sow early, reap big, says CSIRO

Sow early, reap big, says CSIRO

Traditionally, Anzac Day is seen as the first day of the sowing season, but CSIRO’s researchers are recommending wheat farmers wanting bigger yields need to get an earlier start.
CSIRO, Published 24th Apr 2015
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