Improving the profitability of Australian wheat September 30, 2015 Improving the quality and profitability of Australian wheat is the aim of Murdoch researchers Murdoch University researchers have received more than $4 million in funding over five years from the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) to improve the quality and profitability of Australian Wheat. On the global market, the price paid for wheat is usually determined by the amount of protein in the wheat. Usually wheat with more than 14 per cent grain protein content (GPC) will achieve a premium price. However, Murdoch University’s Professor of Grain Protein Chemistry, Professor Wujun Ma, said only about five per cent of Australian wheat has more than 14 per cent GPC and that this has become a road block for the Australian wheat industry to achieve desirable marketability and profit. “The low wheat GPC in Australia is caused by poor and sandy soil conditions and rainfall distribution during wheat growing season,” Professor Ma said. “Climate change and modern agricultural technologies have also raised the nitrogen dilution effect that reduces nitrogen use efficiency (NUE), resulting in an increased usage of nitrogen fertilisers to achieve desirable grain yield (GY) and GPC, which not only increases the wheat production cost but also inserts a negative environmental effect. “Increasing NUE for high GY and GPC is critical if wheat growers are to achieve desirable profits and this will be the continued focus of my research.” Professor Ma and his team have already identified a range of wheat germplasms that possess high NUE and GPC. A tentative molecular mechanism has also been found. “This GRDC funded project will advance our knowledge in this area and introduce high GPC and NUE genes into wheat breeding, allowing farmers to grow higher quality and yield wheat and achieve premium prices.” Murdoch University will work in collaboration with the Western Australia Department of Agriculture and Food as well as three wheat breeding companies including Australian Grain Technologies, Edstar Genetics Pty Ltd, InterGrain Pty Ltd on this research project. Print This Post Media contact: Luke McManus Tel: (08) 9360 2491 | Mobile: 0400 297 221 | Email: L.McManus@murdoch.edu.au Categories: General, Murdoch achievements, Research, Experts, agriculture Tags: Professor Wujun Ma, australian grain technologies, australian wheat, department of agriculture and food wa, gpc, grain protein chemistry, grain yield, grdc, increased profitability, intergrain, murdoch university, nue, researchers 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!