Brendon Cant brendon at iinet.net.au
Thu Sep 21 03:46:32 CEST 2006

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WAHRI WILD RADISH WORRY - WA Herbicide Resistance Initiative (WAHRI)
research, supported by the GRDC, has found that untreated phenoxy resistant
and susceptible wild radish plants can't be visually distinguished from one


Being able to visually identify the herbicide resistant plants would make it
possible to remove them using alternate treatments.


But WAHRI Research Fellow, Dr Michael Walsh said research last year found
that the genetic variability within wild radish populations prevented visual
identification of phenoxy resistant plants.


"Inconsistent patterns of flower colour, growth and seed production for
resistant and susceptible wild radish populations prevented these
characteristics being used to identify phenoxy herbicide resistance in
untreated plants," he said.

Contact: Dr Michael Walsh, Tel 08 6488 7822


PASTURE INVESTMENT PLANS - Independent market analysis commissioned through
Pastures Australia (PA) will help better understand the contribution of
pastures to the nation’s agricultural industry.


The PA partnership of GRDC, AWI, MLA, Dairy Australia and RIRDC, aims to
develop a more market led approach to investment in pasture research,
development and extension.


PA coordinator Dr Greg Bender said investment areas could include pasture
agronomy and management, extension and communication, application of new
breeding tools and technologies, and development and commercialisation of
cultivars already in the pipeline.


“Results from regional workshops seeking input from farmers and consultants
earlier this year on investment priorities helped complete the analysis and
develop a strategic investment plan for PA,” he said.


Dr Bender said PA partners had more than $13 million in pasture investments
for 2006-07, and on completion, PA would coordinate them as a single

Contact: Dr Greg Bender, Tel 02 6248 0165 

Authorised by GRDC and issued on its behalf by

Brendon Cant & Associates, Tel 08 9384 1122



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