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9 NEWS IN BRIEF News OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2005 GROUND COVER CANOLA SAMPLES GM find Traces of genetically modified material are reported to have been found in samples of South Australian canola from ABB Grain. Randomly selected samples tested positively for Topaz 19/2 -- a variety not trialled since 1997. The levels detected are reported as being below the internationally agreed 0.01 per cent standard. ABB corporate affairs manager Maggie Dowling says the detection was expected after traces were also found in other states, and the only issue for the company is ensuring customers realise the levels were well below accepted thresholds. At the time of the detection in August, the source of the contamination was not known. Gene Scene, page 28 VARIETIES New soft wheat beats rust WA's soft wheat growers have access to a new high-yielding, rust-resis- tant variety following the Department of Agriculture's release of BullaringA. Department director general Ian Longson says BullaringA, together with EGA 2248 and EGA JitarningA, are expect- ed to boost the state's soft wheat industry. He says BullaringA is a high-yielding soft wheat, suitable for all traditional soft wheat growing areas. "A key feature of BullaringA is its resistance to the three rusts and septoria tritici blotch. It has the best com- bination of disease resistances among Australian soft varieties." BullaringA was bred by Robyn McLean and the WA wheat breeding team. For more information: www.agric.wa.gov.au BIOTECHNOLOGY Indifference warning Biotechnology is an advantage that Australia ignores at its "own peril", Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran told the audience at the 'Best Food and Fibre Forum & Dinner' at Parliament House in September. He received applause when he added: "I do not support the moratoriums on GM crops in several states. I will press this at every forum. We cannot afford to ignore developments like this. It will be at the detriment of sustainable agriculture, human health, and the environment if we ignore it." VARIETIES New milling oat The WA Department of Agriculture has released the first provisional milling quality dwarf oat for WA growers, KojonupA. It is expected to perform best in Agzones 2, 3 and 6, taking in all the major oat produc- tion areas. Department director general Ian Longson says KojonupA is easily dehulled and would also make an excellent feed oat variety. For more information: www.agric. wa.gov.au; Lisa Bertram or Bob Figg, 08 9368 3641 GRAINS BREEDING Seeds merger 'Better varieties faster' is the goal of a merger between Australian Grain Technologies (AGT) and SunPrime Seeds which sees the formation of Australia's largest grains breeding organisation. Murray Rogers, inaugural chairman of the new entity, AGT-SunPrime, says it is a step towards ratio- nalising Australia's wheat breeding industry. Mr Rogers is a former managing director of AWB. AGT has a strong base of plant-breed- ing technical expertise and delivery networks throughout southern and Western Australia, while SunPrime Seeds has a strong track record in wheat variety development in northern Australia and a successful seed commercialisa- tion business. The AGT-SunPrime genetic portfolio now includes the former Roseworthy and Waite breeding programs in SA, the Victorian Department of Primary Industries program at Horsham, and the 'Sun' varieties from the Narrabri Plant Breeding Institute. AGT was established three years ago as a joint ven- ture between the GRDC, the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Research & Development Institute. RESEARCH GRDC chooses partner Canadian company Philom Bios Inc has been chosen by the GRDC to evaluate and commercialise novel inoculant technolo- gies. GRDC business development executive manager Vince Logan says that GRDC has invested in several research projects with a number of partners to develop new inoculants for use by cereal and canola growers. "These new inoculants are designed to increase profitability and sustainability through soil dis- ease control and to provide growth promotion effects," he says. Philom Bios is a world leader in com- mercialising the development of inoculant products. CLARIFICATION Ballarat-based Japanese noodle manu- facturer Hakubaku, which featured in the August/September issue of Ground Cover, sources the majority of its wheat from AWB. The company says it was an existing Japanese parent company and AWB that helped the company decide to open a manu- facturing facility in Australia 10 years ago.
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