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New discovery to accelerate development of salt-tolerant grapevines

A recent discovery by Australian scientists is likely to improve the sustainability of the Australian wine sector and significantly accelerate the breeding of more robust salt-tolerant grapevines. With funding from Wine Australia, a team of scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology at the University of Adelaide and CSIRO Agriculture and […]

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Celebrating the FOODplus Research Centre

The period of funding for the FOODplus Research Centre has come to an end and FOODplus wound up at the end of 2017. The substantial achievements of the Centre over the last nine years were celebrated at a function at Urrbrae House on 21 November.

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Researchers identify gene to help hybrid wheat breeding

Researchers from the University of Adelaide here at Waite have identified a naturally occurring wheat gene that, when turned off, eliminates self-pollination but still allows cross-pollination – opening the way for breeding high-yielding hybrid wheats

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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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Interested in basic or applied research in the Australian wine industry? Looking for a PhD or MSc in wine research?

Generous postgraduate research opportunities are currently available to join the Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production. These projects offer a unique opportunity to work on industry-linked projects with leading grape and wine researchers and wine industry partners. All projects include an industry placement component.

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What makes the best fertiliser?

Australian soils tend to be old and nutrient-poor meaning that farmers often need to use fertilisers on their crops to supply them with the nutrients essential to growth – such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. But what is the best source of phosphorus for plants? Is it better to use organic amendments such as animal […]

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Getting to the root of plant zinc health

Sunlight and water are two obvious requirements essential for healthy growth of plants, but did you know that zinc is also a vital ingredient? Zinc is a critical nutrient in hundreds of enzyme systems which are necessary for normal plant function. Zinc is also critical for human health – in fact, zinc is involved in […]

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