University of Western Australia researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology have published the most comprehensive analysis of a wheat genome as part of a United Kingdom-led consortium. The new sequencing of the bread wheat genome, led by the Earlham Institute, identified complete sets of genes and proteins essential to important agronomic traits.
A 60-year-old mystery has been solved by biochemists at The University of Western Australia investigating the origin of a type of digestion-inhibiting proteins thought only to exist in two plant families that contain the important legume and cereal crops.
Energy is an all-important currency for plants, and scientists from The University of Western Australia have now calculated the cost of one of their biggest expenses. The knowledge could be a key to creating more energy efficient crops.
Winthrop Professor Neil Turner, from The University of Western Australia Institute of Agriculture, has received the prestigious Dunhuang Award from the Gansu People’s Provincial Government as part of the 62nd anniversary of the foundation of the People’s Republic of China.
New research funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) aims to give plant breeders the tools to significantly speed up the delivery of improved lupin and lentil varieties to growers.
A method to measure methanogenic potential of plants in rumen fluid and improving the quality of pasture legume Trifolium subterraneum (subterranean clover) in Australia is among techniques that will be employed in a project supported in round two of the Australian Research Council Linkage Projects scheme.