[ASC-media] PROMISING PERENNIAL PASTURE LEGUME: GRDC Grain Flash

BRENDON CANT brendon at iinet.net.au
Mon Jul 28 06:51:02 CEST 2008


July 28, 2008


PROMISING PERENNIAL PASTURE LEGUME: A native herbaceous perennial legume
shows promise as a pasture species for WA's low-medium rainfall cropping
zone.



This finding is the result of a joint study between researchers at The
University of Western Australia (UWA) and the GRDC supported Future Farm
Industries Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).



According to PhD student Richard Bennett, School of Plant Biology, UWA,
native perennial legumes from the genus Cullen could outperform lucerne on
infertile acid soils in the low-medium rainfall zone.



Mr Bennett said C. australasicum X and C.cinereum, which showed remarkable
productivity on the Fortescue River Floodplain in northern WA, are being
trialled on

sandy acid soils at Buntine in the WA wheatbelt.



"C. australasicum is very promising and selection and breeding trials have
already

commenced," Mr Bennett said.



However, it will be some years before a Cullen species is commercially
available.



Mr Bennett's PhD is funded by the Future Farm Industries CRC, Meat and
Livestock Australia and the AW Howard Memorial Trust.

Contact: Richard Bennett, Tel 08 6488 1936

GRDC REF: GrainFlashJuly28.doc/Blumenthal280708



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