Cereal innovation on show for Chief Scientist December 9, 2011 The Chief Scientist of Western Australia, Professor Lyn Beazley, has met with scientists at Murdoch University to learn more about their innovations in cereal biotechnology. Prof Beazley, accompanied by Department of Commerce Project Officer Dr Penny Atkins, met staff from the State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre (SABC) and Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA). The meeting provided the opportunity for Murdoch University and DAFWA staff to show how they were delivering science innovations through joint collaboration that will benefit the WA grain grower and contribute to the economic development of the WA grains industry. DAFWA Biotechnology Group Manager and Adjunct Professor of Murdoch University Dr Mike Francki presented the cereal biotechnology innovation pipeline for improving traits of high importance for WA production environments. The presentation also provided successes of technology transfer to industry beneficiaries, such as commercial breeding companies, that will have flow-on effects to grain growers as end-users of the technology through the availability of new improved commercial varieties. Prof Beazley was shown various aspects of the cereal biotechnology program at SABC including germplasm development and laboratory activities in DNA marker and protein technologies to track and select gene and trait combinations for wheat and barley improvement. "This was an ideal opportunity to discuss and demonstrate how DAFWA and Murdoch University are jointly making a contribution to cereal variety development through science innovation," Dr Francki said. "It is important that we continue to find which gene and trait combinations are the best for cereal production and demonstrate to our stakeholders including commercial breeding companies, grain growers, the WA government and other industry partners, the success and importance of such innovations." 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, School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology Research Tags: biotechnology, cereal, chief scientist, dafwa, department of agriculture and food, grain, lyn beazley, mike francki, sabc, state agricultural biotechnology centre Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : 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!