AgQuip breakfast checks on chickpeas

Growers interested in advances in chickpea breeding are invited to attend a free Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (DPI) joint breakfast update at AgQuip on Wednesday August 17 2016.

In recent times the growing popularity of chickpeas has come with disease concerns, particularly with the onset of wet winter conditions in parts of the northern grain growing region.

NSW DPI chickpea breeder and leader of the Pulse Breeding Australia (PBA) Chickpea program, Kristy Hobson, said constant improvements and disease resistance are a major focus for pulse breeding programs.

“The release of CICA0912, adapted to chickpea growing regions of central Queensland to central NSW, delivers a variety with a higher level of Aschochyta blight resistance rating than other northern adapted desi varieties, including PBA HatTrick and PBA Boundary,” Dr Hobson said.

“With superior Aschochyta resistance, significant given recent outbreaks, and moderate resistance to Phytophthora root rot, equivalent to PBA HatTrick, CICA0912 is a semi-erect plant type with superior lodging resistance and larger seed size than PBA HatTrick and PBA Boundary.”

Under Dr Hobson’s lead the national PBA Chickpea program develops desi and kabuli chickpea varieties for all major Australian chickpea growing regions.

Dr Hobson also leads a pre-breeding project to improve Phytophthora root rot resistance in chickpea through the use of chickpea wild relatives.

“In this constantly evolving space the breeding program aims to meet challenges such as Aschochyta and Phytophthora directly through variety development,” she said.

“We will discuss the objectives of the breeding program, new varieties in development and some of the potential traits which will be available in the next few years with growers.

“I strongly encourage growers to take advantage of this opportunity by coming along to the breakfast update.”

PBA is a joint venture between GRDC, Pulse Australia, the University of Adelaide and state departments of primary industries and agriculture.

The GRDC/NSW DPI breakfast update, from 7.30 am until 9 am, will explore timely and relevant research for northern growers focused on both pulse and cereal diseases and making better fertiliser decisions.

The GRDC will be on hand to answer any questions and provide further information across the full three days of AgQuip, August 16, 17 and 18, at site i24B, across from the NSW Farmers shed.

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