SOUTH AUSTRALIAN GRAIN INDUSTRY TRUST
CURRENT PROJECTS AT JUNE 2010
PROJECT PROJECT TITLE
CODE PROJECT AIMS/SUMMARY
Control of net form net blotch in barley using seeding and foliar fungicides Bill Long 2010/2011 2012/2013
Aims/Summary: Ph: 08 8837 993
This project aims to identify fungicides and strategies that will provide protection against net Mobile: 0417 803 034
form of net blotch infection and will minimise yield loss in susceptible and firstname.lastname@example.org
moderately/susceptible barley varieties in South Australia. The project will identify fungicide
efficacy and appropriate fungicide timings suitable to minimise yield loss.
Heat stress tolerance of wheat in South Australia II Jason Reinheimer 2010/2011 2011/2012
Aims/Summary: Ph: 08 8303 7707
This project will build on progress from the first heat stress tolerance project. This will involve Mobile: 0407 832 214
construction of a heat chamber capable of replicating hot wind events, a factor it is not email@example.com
AGT0110 possible to investigate with current facilities. Further, a 12 month extention will provide
adequate time to screen all the required exotic germplasm to search for new sources of heat
stress tolerance. Finally, the extention will also afford the time to ensure the reuslts and
outcomes are adequately extended to growers, breeders and other researchers.
Reliable Rhizoctonia control through innovative use of fungicides Alan McKay 2010/2011 2012/2013
Aims/Summary: Ph: 08 8303 9375
This project in partnership with other projects funded by GRDC, HAL and agribusiness will Mobile: 0419 842 952
seek to optimise use of fungicides, seeder setup, herbicide and nutrition recommendations to Alan.McKay@sa.gov.au
provide reliable short term management packages to minimise risk of yield loss caused by
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Increasing understanding of soil carbon & microbial activity on disease suppression of Amanda Cook 2010/2011 2010/2011
Rhizoctonia in field trials Ph: 08 8680 5104
Aims/Summary: Mobile: 0427 270 154
Rhizoctonia solani (AG-8) is a major disease in our cereal based farming systems on the Eyre firstname.lastname@example.org
Peninsula. The dynamics of disease suppression to Rhizocotonia is not fully understood but
increased microbial activity and increased competition with Rhizoctonia is an important factor.
Disease supression offers hope for reducing the impact of Rhizoctonia within current farming
The 2009 season on upper EP resulted in exceptional plant growth, high carbon inputs and
high soil moisture and was ideal to create differences in microbial populations and diversity,
and potentially increase disease supression of Rhizoctonia.
This project aims to increase the understanding of changes in microbial population and
diversity and disease supression of Rhizoctonia by increased monitoring of established field
Increasing the productivity on alkaline, saline soils by using gypsum and legumes Glenn McDonald 2010/2011 2012/2013
Aims/Summary: 08 8303 7358
To increase productivity of crops on alkaline, saline soils by developing management practices email@example.com
based on gypsum applications and legumes
Greater impact from agronomic trials using inexpensive aerial imagery John Heap 2010/2011 2010/2011
Aims/Summary: Ph: 08 8303 9444
This project will provide opportunity for novel and more powerful results to be extracted from Mobile: 0428 833 119
existing field experiments. This means that growers will get better value for money for firstname.lastname@example.org
research investment and get more accurate crop management information faster.
Aim 1. Engage Dr Bertram Ostendorf, (remote vegetation sensing expert, Uni of Adelaide) to
develop a rapid system to process aerial imagery from trial sites to measure treatment
biomass responses and map variability across the trial sites.
S0810 Aim 2. Improve statistical detection of treatment responses in field trials to manage contraints
tha t are spatially highly variable (eg Rhizoctonia), be developing a fine scale nearest
neighbour statistical analysis for biomass data extracted from aerial imagery.
Aim 3. Demonstrate the value of new processing and analysis techniques using aerial
biomass imagery to detect treatment responsses in three SA field experiments in 2010.
The outcome will be integration of SARDI's remotely-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle
(UAV) with more efficient image processing and data analysis protocols to extract more
valuable data from existing field experiments throughout SA. This will remove a "bottle-neck"
that presently prevents us from using the technique routinely to process data from field sites.
Pre harvest sprouting risk assessment for SA wheat growers Michael Wurst 2010/2010 2011/2012
Ph: 08 8664 1408
RS0110 Mobile: 0418 803 685
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Michael Wurst 2010/2010 2011/2012
Aims/Summary: Ph: 08 8664 1408
RS0110 Develop and distribute a risk assessment tool so that SA wheat growers have access to Mobile: 0418 803 685
reliable data that enables them to assess the risk associated with growing different varieties in email@example.com
particular environments across the state.
Wheat germplasm with improved colour and colour stability for the Asian noodle Chelsea Dubois 2010/2010 2011/2012
market 08 8303 3716
Complete selection and evaluation of wheat germplasm with enhanced colour and colour
UA0601 stability for Asian noodles, improved nutritional value and better adaptation to SA conditions.
- Complete selection and evaluation of high lutein/low polyphenol oxidase (PPO) germplasm
within a background that is better adapted to SA conditions
- Complete recombinations of high lutein, zero PPO and zero lipoxygenase (LOX)
Best practice for disease management in field peas Jenny Davidson 2010/2011 2010/2011
Aims/Summary: Ph: 08 8303 9389
Development of a training course to transfer the research reaults from project S0507R firstname.lastname@example.org
'Exploring opportuinities fro improving pea management practices' to the South Australian pea
industry; in particular:
- Understanding of the interaction between sowing data, rainfall, blackspot spore release and
fungicide application using experimental and broad acre examples.
- Understanding where these practices fir with other pea disease management strategies.
- Develop a training manual and methodiologyy for potential use as a component in future
training courses (eg Pulse Australia)
This will lead to:
1. Formulating management stratigies specific to cultivars and field pea types to maximise
yield potential, inlcuding
(i) Paddock sleletion to minimise blackspot risk
(ii) Choosing appropriate sowing date to minimise blackspot and maximise yield
(iii) Applying fungicide when economic to maximise profit
2. Extending information on managing other diseases of field peas, such as downy mildew,
powdery mildew and bacterial light, through cultivar selaction and fungicide application.
3. Eventual wider use of the developed material in future pulse training courses.
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Development of a rainout shelter at the Roseworthy shelter Glenn McDonald 2010/2011 2010/2011
Aims/Summary: Ph: 08 8303 7358
This proposal is to request funds from SAGITF which would be used to lever additional money email@example.com
to build a rainout shelter of up to 700 sq m for work on drought tolerance and criop water use.
UA0310 Although based on the Roseworthy campus of the University, the facility would be available to
all researchers in public and private organisations in the State. The project would run over 2
years, with the first year devoted to raising the additional funds and planning the rainout
shelter and second year being used to build the shelter. The rainout shelter will be managed
by the Roseworthy farm and users will pay a standard charge to use it.
Pubilication of 2010 Farm Gross Margin Guide for crop and livestock enterprises in SA Barry Mudge 2009/2010 20090/201
Ph: 08 8664 1408 0
RS0109 Aims/Summary: Mobile: 0417 826 790
This project aims to produce an updated and current Farm Gross Margin Guide for use by firstname.lastname@example.org
crop and livestock producers in SA as part of their farm business planning process in 2010.
DNA assays for stubble borne pathogens of cereals (Part 2) Alan McKay 2010/2011 2010/2011
Aims/Summary: Ph: 08 8303 9375
This project will evaluate and implement DNA assays for the pathogens associated with the Mobile: 0419 842 952
net and spot forms of net blotch of barley. This is part of a strategy of the Molecular Alan.McKay@sa.gov.au
S0310 Diagnostics groups objetive to provide a comprehensive range of assays for stubble borne
pathogens of cereals.
These assays will be used by the SARDI integrated disease management program funded by
GRDC to develop bettwe management strategies for stubble borne diseasesin intensive
Field evaluation and development of advanced multi-trait strand medic lines Jake Howie 2010/2011 2012/2013
Ph: 08 8303 9407
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Jake Howie 2010/2011 2012/2013
Aims/Summary: Ph: 08 8303 9407
This project will assess the potential of advanced multi-trait strand medics for commercial email@example.com
It will capatilise on the outcomes of earlier projects where medics with good
tolerance/resistance to a range of biotic and abiotic constraints were identified and hybridised
with elite parents. Twenty five lines are available for field evaluation which possess various
combinations of the following new traits:
S1310 - Pratylenchus neglectus tolerance
- Rhizobial promiscuity
- Powdery mildew (PM) tolerance
- Larger seed size
Field performance of the lines will be assessed at three sites, with an emphasis on showing
the improved performance attributable to root lesion nematode tolerance. In-situ field
selection of outstanding individuals will be made from within the best performing lines.
Seed of the most promising material will be built up to enable further evaluation and potential
Identification of cereal cultivars that can supress Rhizoctonia solani as basis for the Klaus Oldach 2010/2011 2010/2011
development of molecular markers for breeding Ph: 08 8303 9734
Aims/Summary: Mobile: 0411 269 621
Rhizoctonia root rot is a major cereal disease with no adequate controls. Expression of Klaus.Oldach@sa.gov.au
disease is influenced by the soil microflora and plant genotype is a major driver for changes in
microbial community composition. Wheat and barley cultivars have previously been shown in
pot bioassays to vary in their ability to host a microflora that supresses Rhizoctonia root rot.
S0510 Cereal cultivar selection might be used to enhance supressive microflora in the field to reduce
the impact of Rhizoctonia root rot. Selection for this trait will be facilitated by molecular
markers in cereal breeding programs.
This project will screen a series of wheat and barley parental genotypes for which mapping
populations are available. The project outcome is the identifaction of a pair (or pairs) of
parents that differentiate if their abaility to host a disease suppressive micoflora. If identified, a
future project will use the associated mapping population(s) to develop molecular markers for
this trait, the ability to host a disease supressive microflora.
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Barley germplasm development phase 2: Evaluation of bulbosum genes and Phil Davies 2010/2011 2012/2013
implementation for barley improvement Ph: 08 8303 9494
Aims/Summary: Mobile: 0427 012 130
1. To test the unique barley genetic resources developed in the SAGIT funded project S0107R firstname.lastname@example.org
S0610 for a range of agronomically valuable characteristics, specifically resistance to leaf rust, net
form net blotch, scald crown rot, root lesion nematode, and tolerance to boron, frost salt and
2. To advance the backcross material to a stage which is suitable for crossing into the barley
Increasing the value and marketability of feed grains for the grains industry San Jolly 2009/2010 2011/2012
Aim/Summary: Ph:08 8344 8816
The aim of this project is to provide grain growers with new tools on which to market their email@example.com
grain to livestock industries to provide an increase in return to growers with an added benefit
to the end user. This project will determine which grains are of the highest potential value to
growers and which will offer the greatest benefit to livestock.
Impoving the heat stress tolerance of wheat in South Australia Hayden Kuchel 2008/2009 2010/2011
Aims/Summary: Ph: 08 8303 7708
1. To develop a high-throughput controlled environment assay suitable for assessing the heat Mobile: 0428 817 402
stress tolerance of wheat cultivars firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Examine the variation in heat stress tolerance of Australian germplasm.
AGT0108R 3. Measure the importance of heat stress tolerance on grain yield in South Australia.
4. Identify and characterise exotic germplasm (introductions, landraces, synthetics) with levels
of heat stress tolerance greater that that observed in Australian germplasm.
5. If heat stress tolerance is observed within existing mapping populations, we would aim to
identify the genetic basis to the tolerance
6. Examine any possible relationship betweeen cold (frost) and heat stress tolerance.
Harnessing benefits from free living nitrogen fixing micro-organisms Gupta Vadakattu 2008/2009 2009/2010
Aims/Summary: Ph: 08 8303 8579
1. To develop a database on the diversity of free-living N fixing microorganisms using DNA Mobile: 0427 790 538
finger printing techniques in different farming regions of South Australia. email@example.com
2. To identify the dominant members engages in N fixation in situ , under SA environment and
soil types, and those with higher levels of N-fixation potential.
3. To estimate the potential of free-living N fixing microorganisms to supply N to farming
systems in South Australia
4. To establish criticall base information that will in future be developed into proctical
management tools for farmers to estimate N requirements for crops.
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Developing robust and lower risk farming systems by understanding the impact of soil Amanda Cook 2008/2009 2010/2011
carbon Ph: 08 8680 5104
Aims/Summary: Mobile: 0427 270 154
To develop robust and lower risk farming systems by determining the impact of soil carbon on firstname.lastname@example.org
C & N cycling, microbial activity and disease suppression.
1. Quantify the influence of soil carbon quantity and quality on the rate of carbon and nitrogen
cycling and microbial activity (as a means of stimulating the disease supression process).
2. Identify the impact of farming system decisions on soil carbon pool (quantity and quality),
microbial activity and C & N cycling.
3. Determine how robust suppressive soils are in low rainfall systems.
Improved wheat and oat doubled haploids using isolated microspore culture Phil Davies 2008/2009 2010/2011
Aims/Summary: Ph: 08 8303 9494
1. Improve the oat isolated microspre culture method developed in project S6/05 to a level of Mobile: 0427 012 130
S0308R efficiency adequate for routine doubled haploid production for the National Oat Breeding email@example.com
2. Develop an isolated microspore culture method for wheat doubled haploid production that is
more cost effective than the currently used wheat x maize technique.
Novel tools to control pulse pathogens Jenny Davidson 2008/2009 2010/2011
Aims/Summary: Ph: 08 8303 9389
This project is designed to lead to greater control of diseases in pulse crops by: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Increasing our knowledge of the epidemiology of blackspot on field peas (synonym:
ascochyta blight) leading to targeted control methods.
2. Identifying the role of Phoma X in the blackspot complex, its competitiveness against the
other blackspot pathogens and its viability in the South Australian cropping system. This will
clarify the importance of rotations. The variability of this pathogen on current commercial
cultivars and breeding lines will shed light on the potential of resistance breeding.
3. Testing the efficacy of phosphorous acid to control downey mildew of field peas.
4. Investigating the potential of developing DNA tests for Ascochyta fabae , A. lentis , Botrytis
cinerea and B. fabae .
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Identification and impementation of CCN resistance markers in the National Oat Pamela Zwer 2008/2009 2010/2011
Breeding Program Ph: 08 8303 9485
Aims/Summary: Mobile: 0401 122 103
1. Identify molecular markers associated with cereal cyst nematode (CCN) resistance email@example.com
S0608R tolerance in oat.
2. Validate effectiveness of markers using resistant and susceptible parental material and a
Potoroo (resistant)/ Mitika (susceptible) population.
3. Implement molecular markers in the National Oat Breeding Program to evaluate CCN
resistance and tolerance in breeding lines.
New Vetch species for South Ausralian Low Rainfall Cropping Regions Stuart Nagel 2008/2009 2010/2011
Aims/Summary: Ph: 08 8303 9359
1. Introduce, assess, select and breed, new vetch germplasm from: Vicia articulata , V Mobile: 0407 0720 729
S0708R palestina , V macrocarpa and V obicularis for low rainfall-cropping environments. Nagel.firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Provide farmers with high yielding alternative vetch varieties that are well adapted to sandy-
alkaline soils in low rainfall environments
3. Provide producers and users with agronomic packages for new germplasm.
Updating PreDicta B root disease management course and manual Alan McKay 2007/2008 2008/2009
Aims/Summary: Ph: 08 8303 9375
To update the agronomist root disease management training cours and associated resource Mobile: 0419 842 952
manual developed to support delivery to PreDicta B by SARDI. Alan.McKay@sa.gov.au
Publication of Variety Sowing Guide and Harvest Report Rob Wheeler 2008/2009 2010/2011
Aims/Summary: Ph: 08 8303 9480
The project supports the annual preparation, publishing and distribution, within the Grain Mobile: 0401 148 935
Business magazine, of the SA Crop Variety Sowing Guide and the SA Crop Variety Trial email@example.com
Harvest Report. The magazine has a farmer and agribusiness distribution exceeding 8,500
copies per edition throughout South Australia.
Improved noodle quality in wheats for SA Daryl Mares 2006/2007 2009/2010
Aims/Summary: Ph: 08 8303 7262
1. Develop wheat germplasm that is suited to both Asian noodle products and bread and has daryl.maresadelaide.edu.au
good adaptation to South Australian conditions.
2. Develop prototype germplasm for further improvements in noodle quality and new markets
via elimination of polyphenol oxidase and lipoxygenase and incorporation of high lutein.
Increasing economic returns from precision agriculture through regional PA groups Malcolm Sargent 2006/2007 2009/2010
Ph: 08 8636 2565
SPAA0107R Aims/Summary: Mobile: 0408 210 893
Using grower groups to increase economic returns for SA grain growers through greater firstname.lastname@example.org
adoption of appropriate precision agriculture systems.
Barley germplasm development using Hordeum bulbosum Phi Davies 2006/2007 2009/2010
Ph: 08 8303 9494
Mobile: 0427 012 130
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Phi Davies 2006/2007 2009/2010
Aims/Summary: Ph: 08 8303 9494
The aim of this project is to develop barley germplasm with abiotic stress tolerance an disease Mobile: 0427 012 130
resistance genes which are not available using conventional breeding methods. email@example.com
S0107R The germplasm will be developed by crossing the wild barley species, Hordeum bulbosum ,
with advanced breeding lines and commercial barley varieties and using tissue culture and
cytogenetic techniques to produce barley breeding lines with improved salt tolerance, moisture
stress tolerance, foliar disease reistance (scald and leaf rust), and selected malting
AngelA strand medic - increasing the benefits for SA farmers Jake Howie 2007/2008 2008/2009
Aims/Summary: Ph: 08 8303 9407
To provide new agronomic information about AngelA strand medic: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. specifically relating to its tolerance to residues of new and/or untested sulfonylurea (SU)
2. its tolerance to a range of other Group B herbicides used for post-emergence broadleaf
weed control in legume crops and pastures and canola and,
S0207R 3. its tolerance to short term residues of low rates of chlorsulfuron, applied for background
medic control in the production of certified Angel seed.
In the shrot term this willl complement the information already provided with Australia's first
SU residue tolerant annual pasture legume. The resultant information should enable Angel A
to be used in emerging systems such as those using "Clearfield Technology" which up till now
have not been compatible with traditional medics.
In the medium term this knowledge will also be used to assist in the development of additional
SU tolerant interspecific hybrid cultivars with inmproved disease resistance and broader
adaptation (SAGIT S3/03).
Barley management and grass control guidelines in changing farming practices across Rob Wheeler 2007/2008 2009/2010
SE Australian Mallee environments Ph: 08 8303 9480
Aims/Summary: Mobile: 0401 148 935
S0307R To develop barley variety management guidelines to improve soil moisture utilisation through email@example.com
optimal control of brome and other grass weeds control by investigating interactions between
new varieties, row spacing, sowingn time and herbicide options on sandy mallee soils across
the Southern Region of Australia.
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Increasing lentil production through devising safe methodology for post emergent Larn McMurray 2007/2008 2008/2009
metribuzin application in lentils Ph: 08 8842 6265
Aims/Summary: Mobile: 0417 898 803
1. To identify safe management strategies for post emergent metribuzin application in lentils firstname.lastname@example.org
for control of medic (Medicago spp ) and bifora (Bifora testiculate ).
2. If successful to provide Pulse Australia data to seek a permit for use in South Australia.
Exploring opportunities for improving pea management practices Larn McMurray 2007/2008 2008/2009
Aims/Summary: Ph: 08 8842 6265
S0507R 1. Identify best sowing time and fungicide strategies in new pea varieties to maximise yields Mobile: 0417 898 803
2. Improve the reliability of the SARDI blackspot disease prediction model in different regions email@example.com
by incorporating data from replicated trials in these regions.
Weed mapping within paddocks for targeted weed control John Heap 2007/2008 2007/2008
Aims/Summary: Ph: 08 8303 9444
1. Provide SA with sound research methodology, capability and experience to undertake Mobile: 0428 833 119
S0607R important weed mapping/ VRT (variable rate technology) weed control research. firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Evaluate a range of sensors/cameras for creating digital maps of weeds
3. Demonstrate the application and value of weed mapping and VRT weed control at three
sites in SA in 2007/2008.
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