BRENDON CANT brendon at iinet.net.au
Thu Jul 26 07:00:56 CEST 2007

STRATEGIC SIGNING: GRDC has signed a strategic alliance agreement with the
International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) to
formalise ongoing collaboration.
GRDC Board Chairman and Mt Barker grower, Terry Enright said the partnership
would create products to benefit Australian grain producers and poor farmers
in developing countries.
"Under the agreement, the GRDC will support joint research on spring bread
wheat improvement and chickpea breeding for drought tolerance and disease
resistance," he said.
Mr Enright and ICARDA Director General, Dr Mahmoud Solh signed the agreement
during Mr Enright's May visit to Syria, where he also met researchers to
discuss further collaboration.
Contact: Terry Enright, Tel 0427 958 015
BARLEY BANTER: Future barley industry positioning is a major theme of the
GRDC supported 13th Australian Barley Technical Symposium, which will be
held in Fremantle, August 26 - 30, 2007.
Grain Pool General Manager and Symposium Chairman, Dr Andy Crane said the
symposium would unite the barley production, research, marketing, feed and
malting industries and discuss the southern hemisphere's role in providing
the world's future food bulk.
"This year's symposium compares and contrasts barley production in the
southern hemisphere, including discussions from high calibre South African
and South American speakers in relation to barley demand and new barley
"The de-regulation of the barley industry is a major topic and attendees
will also access the latest breeding and scientific news," Dr Crane said.
To register visit HYPERLINK
Contact: Peter Portmann, Tel 08 9454 0350

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