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Researchers Identify Gene Controlling Waterlogging Tolerance in Barley

August 3, 2016

Researchers at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) led by Associate Professor Meixue Zhou have identified a major gene controlling the tolerance of waterlogging in barley.

Barley is Australia's second biggest cereal crop, after wheat, with annual production averaging eight million tonnes, according to Professor Zhou. The research team is now looking into how the gene can be introduced into commercial varieties, and they are hoping to deliver a new line of barley with added waterlogging tolerance genes using the same selected varieties.

For more information, read the news release at the University of Tasmania website.