October 14, 2013
Australian pulse producers will hear from leading Department of Primary Industries (DPI) researchers at the inaugural Pulse Conference in Adelaide, 20-23 October 2013.
Pulse Breeding Australia (PBA) will host the first pulse research conference to be held in Australia for many years.
DPI Director Plant Systems, Dr Alison Bowman, said it’s a wonderful opportunity for DPI researchers from the Tamworth and Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institutes to present their latest findings, alongside international speakers.
“The DPI pulse research teams are greatly assisting growers to adopt better varieties to increase their on-farm production and market share.” Dr Bowman said.
“Sharing our research expertise and findings with the broader pulse industry at this forum will be a great networking and educational experience.”
The Conference theme ‘Expanding Horizons’ will bring together the Australian pulse industry to examine ways of expanding pulse production within Australian cropping systems.
DPI researchers will feature on the program with two presented papers and numerous poster presentations, including;
· Dr Kristy Hobson, Leader Pulse Breeding Australia Chickpea Program, (Tamworth) will talk about the National Chickpea Breeding program that is developing superior chickpea varieties through the use of wild relatives and Dr Jenny Wood, Chemist Pulse Quality (Tamworth) will present research on chickpea seed dehulling and splitting and a GRDC project on chickpea research with a customer value focus.
· Dr Kevin Moore, Senior Plant Pathologist, (Tamworth) will put forward four posters on various research trials regarding disease management on Australian chickpea varieties.
· Joop van Leur, Plant Pathologist also from Tamworth will present a poster on the implications of Pea seed-borne mosaic virus for field pea and lentil breeding programs.
· The Wagga Wagga pulse research team will present three posters on various aspects of southern pulse agronomy research. Eric Koetz, Technical Officer, will share findings of research on new pulse varieties in a brown manure system and their role in cropping sequences, whilst Technical Officer, Gerard O’Connor, will discuss the effect of fertiliser type, placement and application rate on chickpea plant establishment.
· Dr Eric Armstrong, Research Agronomist, will talk delegates through the history of release and performance of field pea varieties in Australia.
The conference will be held at the Sebel Playford – 120 North Terrace Adelaide, 20- 23 October 2013. For more information on the PBA Inaugural Pulse Conference, please visit grdc.com.au.