$3.4 million to beat Russian wheat aphid threat October 31, 2008 A Murdoch University-led study will receive a total of $3.4 million to research cereal strains resistant to the devastating Russian wheat aphid, which has invaded all major wheat growing areas of the world except Australia. With $1.4 million from the Grains Research and Development Corporation, and $2 million from project collaborators, this research aims to prevent this aphid from threatening Australia’s grains industry, which would potentially cause wheat crop yield losses of up to 70 per cent and even higher losses in barley. Murdoch’s Associate Professor Dr Cakir, who is heading the WA State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre study, said the aphid was currently kept out of Australia by rigid quarantine efforts. “This significant insect pest of wheat and barley already affects cereal growing areas of the USA, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia and parts of South America, Europe and Asia,” Dr Cakir said. “In fact it’s now present in all major wheat and barley growing areas of the world except Australia.” Murdoch’s research team will collaborate with researchers from Australia and around the world to trial the resistant plants. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Research, Animal and plant studies, environment and bioinformatics, agriculture Tags: barley, biosecurity, mehmet cakir, quarantine, russian wheat aphid, state agricultural biotechnology centre, wheat Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!