Brendon Cant brendon at iinet.net.au
Mon Nov 21 18:52:42 EST 2005

TOLERANT LUPINS 'PINGED' - Lupins highly tolerant to the broadleaf herbicide
metribuzin and carrying the anthracnose disease resistance gene have been
bred in WA, potentially allowing growers to enjoy better weed control.

Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture researcher, Dr Ping Si, has
collaborated with Dr Mark Sweetingham and Dr Bevan Buirchell of the
Department of Agriculture on this GRDC project.

     Dr Si identified the highly tolerant metribuzin mutants in a population
of the anthracnose resistant, but metribuzin sensitive cultivar Tanjil.

    With the three year study now concluded, GRDC has funded a new project
to improve herbicide tolerance of pulses in WA.
Contact: Dr Ping Si, Tel 08 6488 1233

TOTAL GROUND COVER - Rolf Derpsch, a conservation farming expert from
Paraguay, was funded by GRDC and the Australian government's National
Landcare Program to undertake a situational analysis of no-tillage systems
in Australia and recommend a way forward.

Hosted by the WA No-Till Farmers Association (WANTFA), he attended its
Meckering Spring Field Day where he advised growers to take a whole system
approach to managing their farms.

"A five to seven year rotation will help maximise income, while limiting
weed problems and increasing soil fertility," Mr Derpsch said.

"Growers should use the economics and fertility data from the whole period
when making business decisions."

An extract of the Situation Analysis on No-tillage systems is available on
WANTFA's website at http://www.wantfa.com.au/press_rel.html

Contact: Dr Ken Flower, Tel 08 9622 5584

MEDINA FIELD DAY - A broad range of new legume and pasture cultivars were on
show recently at the Department of Agriculture (DAWA) Medina Research

The GRDC-supported pasture field day showcased new pastures and legumes
suited to livestock feeding and combating salinity, plus a new legume with
potential pharmaceutical application.

Research is being conducted into an early season biserrula variety.

Department of Agriculture researcher, Dr Angelo Loi said that of the
legumes, biserrula, has the most potential for our farming systems.

"The discovery of an early season variety will be very significant for low
rainfall areas."

Dr Loi said that in areas with rainfall as low as 300 millimetres, the new
variety would persist and perform better than current options.

Contact: Angelo Loi, Tel 08 9368 3907

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