[ASC-media] NATIONAL PULSE BREEDING PROGRAM PROGRESSING: GRDC Media Release

Brendon Cant brendon at iinet.net.au
Thu Feb 17 11:01:56 EST 2005


 NATIONAL PULSE BREEDING PROGRAM PROGRESSING
 
A National Pulse Breeding Program will unite field pea, chickpea, faba bean
and lentil breeding programs, currently operating across five states, for
the benefit of Australian graingrowers, most of whom depend on pulses as
part of their cereal rotation but also as cash crops.
 
A committee, comprising the Grains Research and Development Corporation
(GRDC), Pulse Australia and major state-based pulse breeding agencies, wants
an internationally competitive pulse breeding capability for Australia that
meets the regional needs of growers, marketers and buyers.
 
Announcing the national program, GRDC Managing Director, Peter Reading said
a sustainable future for Australia’s 40,000 graingrowers and their current
$8 billion per annum industry was closely tied to pulse crops.
 
“For this reason, it is vital that breeding programs share germplasm,
technologies and intellectual property, so that benefits flow freely across
state borders.
 
“With around $10 million invested annually in the different pulse breeding
programs in WA, SA, Victoria, NSW and Queensland, it makes sense to
encourage greater sharing of individual resources for the common good, while
ensuring a clear focus remains on local objectives being satisfied,” he
said.
 
The National Pulse Breeding Program is expected to be functioning by July,
2005.
 
Full details of the program can be found on the GRDC website at HYPERLINK
"http://www.grdc.com.au/"www.grdc.com.au - ‘Australian Pulse Breeding
Program Future Directions’.
HYPERLINK "http://www.grdc.com.au/"www.grdc.com.au
Authorised by GRDC and issued on its behalf by Brendon Cant & Associates,
Tel 08 9385 7779
Media Contacts: John Cullen, Pulse Breeding Initiative, Tel 02 6272 5525
                            Peter Reading, GRDC Managing Director, Tel 02
6272 5525
 
pulsenatfinal.doc
 
Brendon Cant & Associates
Public Relations & Marketing
114 Branksome Gardens
City Beach WA 6015
Tel 08 9385 7779 Fax 08 9385 7776
 
 
 
 

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