[ASC-media] CRC WALANA: SUPER PEA IN THE MAKING: Pork CRC Media Release

BRENDON CANT brendon at iinet.net.au
Fri Oct 22 03:20:19 CEST 2010


Pork CRC Media Release: October 22, 2010
CRC WALANA: SUPER PEA IN THE MAKING


A new high yielding, disease resistant field pea released by Australia’s
Pork Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for commercial sowing next year
offers pork producers a reliable protein source.



Previously designated PRL131, the new variety, CRC Walana, is named after an
aboriginal weapon, continuing the naming tradition of Yarrum and Maki, field
pea varieties already released for Australia’s northern region.



The Pork CRC has applied  for Plant Breeders Rights for CRC Walana in
Australia and has licensed Waratah Seed Company Ltd to market the variety.


According to Pork CRC Program One Manager, Dr Ray King, CRC Walana is
resistant to powdery mildew and pea seed borne mosaic virus, has useful
tolerance to bean leaf roll virus and is specifically suited to short season
planting in northern NSW and southern Queensland.



“CRC Walana not only satisfies pork producers, but its large, spherical,
white seed can also be eligible for lucrative human consumption and
splitting markets,” Dr King said.



In extensive field trials in northern NSW and south east Queensland, CRC
Walana outyielded Yarrum and Maki, varieties recently released by The
University of Sydney field pea breeding program and Plant Research New
Zealand Ltd (PRNZL).



The original cross was by Adrian Russell of PRNZL and then selected for
release by Steve Moore, University of Sydney, with funding from the Pork
CRC, which supports

the New Zealand and Narrabri, NSW based field pea programs as part of its
innovative and successful feed grain breeding program.



The Pork CRC program successfully released Maki in 2009 and recently
released the triticale, Berkshire and the barley, Shepherd, also for
northern Australia.



Dr King said the program enhanced the commercial production of cereals and
pulses with high yield, cost-effective agronomy and acceptable nutritional
attributes for pigs.



“The Pork CRC is committed to identifying high yielding field pea varieties
for northern and southern regions and encourages farmers to grow them for
the Australian pork industry in these regions,” Dr King said.

www.porkcrc.com.au

Authorised by Pork CRC and issued on its behalf by

Brendon Cant & Associates, Tel 08 9384 1122

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Dr Ray King, Manager, Pork CRC Program One, Mob 0412 322 047

Dr Roger Campbell, CEO, Pork CRC, Mob 0407 774 714.



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