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The hunt for high salt tolerant barley crops

Soil salinity severely impacts crop growth and yield. Within minutes of exposure to salt, cell expansion, leaf expansion, photosynthesis, transpiration and tillering are reduced. When salts accumulate to toxic concentrations in the shoot, especially in older leaves, a secondary inhibition of growth occurs through damage to the plant’s metabolism and ion imbalances. These effects occur […]

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Kudos for Waite’s Barley Breeding Program

Currently featuring in Brand SA’s Inside South Australia news, Professor Jason Eglinton and the University’s barley breeding team have scored a big win with Compass, the malting barley developed here and first available to growers in early 2015. With that season now behind us, farmers are confirming outstanding results in spite of tough growing conditions; […]

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