Biotech Updates

New Pulse Varieties to Boost Growers' Options

October 9, 2009

New varieties of legume – two lentils, a chickpea and a broad bean - will be introduced to Australian growers by the Pulse Breeding Australia (PBA). The varieties will be launched in association with its commercial seed partners at field days in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria in October. Brochures related to the varieties' advantages, areas of adaptation, agronomic and disease management information and marketing arrangements will be available for each variety.

The pulses will have improved yield, harvestability, disease resistance, tolerance to abiotic stresses, quality and weed management. This initiative is a part of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) to bring new and improved pulse varieties over a period of five years.

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