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Expanding the gene pool of canola (Brassica napus) by introgressing valuable genes from related species [ 2006 - 2008 ]

Research Grant

[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/LP0667805]

Researchers A/Prof WA Cowling; Dr MN Nelson

Brief description Canola is a high value export crop from Australia, and an important rotational crop which improves sustainability of agriculture through a disease and weed break for cereal crops. While breeders have improved quality, disease resistance and adaptation of canola to Australian conditions over the past 30 years, this has reduced genetic variation to dangerously low levels. Wide crossing with drought tolerant Brassica carinata (Ethiopean mustard) will help to alleviate this problem. New uses of biotechnology, combined with molecular genetics, will help to overcome species barriers to introduce useful new genes into canola for Australian canola breeders.

Funding Amount $235,250

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