Australian Cotton Research Boosted by $35 Million

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and the Cotton Seed Distributors (CSD) announced during the Cotton Breeding Australia Symposium the continuation of their cotton joint project for another five years. The renewed project involves a $35 million project for the Australian cotton industry which focus on improved quality; higher yields; drought and heat tolerance; water use efficiency and pest and disease resistance.

"CSIRO-bred varieties currently comprise the entire Australian market and we are pleased our expertise in biotechnology and core breeding is delivering results in the field," said Dr Jeremy Burdon CSIRO Division of Plant Industry's Chief.

The Symposium held in Narrabri, NSW brought together representatives and growers from the cotton industry, shared new developments and discussed ways to combat the challenges which the industry may face in coming years. CSD has been working with CSIRO for nearly 30 years and has been delivering valuable technologies to cotton growers in Australia.

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This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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