BRENDON CANT brendon at iinet.net.au
Wed Dec 12 03:21:39 CET 2007

FULFILLING RESEARCH: At a Postgraduate Showcase Seminar at The University of
Western Australia, Dr Ben Biddulph presented findings from his completed
PhD, which was supported by a GRDC scholarship.


According to Dr Biddulph, environmental conditions during grain filling
strongly affect dormancy ratings, making it difficult for breeders to use
plant phenotypes to breed for sprouting tolerance.


"Pre-harvest sprouting of wheat is a problem in coastal regions where late
season rainfall induces germination before grain is harvested," Dr Biddulph


"Sprouting lowers wheat quality due to enzyme production, ultimately
reducing the ability of grain to make bread and resulting in a 20 per cent
lower return to the grower."

Contact: Dr Ben Biddulph, Tel 08 9368 3324, email HYPERLINK
"mailto:biddulph at cyllene.uwa.edu.au"tbiddulph at agric.wa.gov.au


E FOR INNOVATION: Innovators from the public and private sectors are
encouraged to submit an E-concept proposal, outlining ideas that may
contribute significantly to GRDC objectives.


Innovation is defined as a new idea, methodology, practice, technology,
product or service not previously considered for implementation by the
grains industry.


According to Paul Meibusch, GRDC Manager New Farm Products and Services, new
ideas are the "lifeblood" of the grains industry.


E-concept is available on HYPERLINK
irector/apply/econcept.cfm and provides a formal mechanism for anyone to put
forward an idea at any time.


The final date for the next quarterly assessment of E-concepts is January
31, 2008.

Contact: Paul Meibusch, Tel 02 6166 4500


 Authorised by Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC)

 and issued on its behalf by

Brendon Cant & Associates, Tel 08 9384 1122 



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