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Wheat breakthrough at Murdoch

August 1st, 2016

Adjunct Professor Ian Edwards with the Tungsten crop in Toodyay, Western Australia

Researchers at Murdoch University have made a major breakthrough in improving the quality and profitability of Australia’s $6 billion wheat crops.

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Farmers make eye-opening visit to Murdoch

August 20th, 2014

A delegation of farmers and staff from the Grower Group Alliance (GGA) visited Murdoch University to meet key scientists and learn more about their research projects.

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Gene silencing set to boost agricultural yields

April 30th, 2013

Researchers from Murdoch University have developed an environmentally friendly ‘gene silencing’ method to control Root Lesion Nematodes, plant pathogens known to reduce crop yields in major crops by 15 per cent or more.

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Cereal innovation on show for Chief Scientist

December 9th, 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.

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Virus threat to indigenous WA plants

August 4th, 2010

Indigenous Western Australian plants, including the state's floral emblem, the kangaroo paw, are under threat from introduced viruses.

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Rust threatens world's wheat crops

June 1st, 2010

A Murdoch University researcher is battling a deadly wheat fungus that is threatening the world’s wheat crops.

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Engage with Canberra to ensure future of science, says Shadow Minister

March 26th, 2010

Sophie Mirabella, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, flew in from Canberra to tour the Murdoch-based WA State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre (SABC) and to discuss capacity building.

Her visit followed from Murdoch’s Associate Professor Mehmet Cakir’s attendance at the“Science meets Parliament” forum in Canberra this month where he extended the invitation to Mrs Mirabella.

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$3.4 million to beat Russian wheat aphid threat

October 31st, 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.

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