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ASF Subs 2015/16

The ASF has sent out Membership Subscriptions for 2015/16 to all members via post. 

If you have not received your subscription renewal please contact Alysha Lockley, Business Services Manager, on 02 6282 6822 or via email to
enquiry@asf.asn.au

 In This Month's Issue...                          

ASF Seed Business 2015 Convention

Be a Trade Exhibitor at Seed Business 2015

International Seed Federation (ISF) Update
  • Michael Keller Moves the International Seed Industry Towards Change
  • ISF Delegates Explore the Use of Seed Treatments for Grass Seed
Latest News from ABCA

New RIRDC project focusing on improved subterranean clover seed production from multiple disease resistance

RIRDC Annual Operational Plan 2015-16

RIRDC: Honey Bee and Pollination Program Five Year Research, Development & Extension Plan 2014/15 - 2018/19


OGTR - Commercial release of canola GM for dual herbicide tolerance and a hybrid breeding system - Bayer CropScience

OGTR - Limited and controlled release of cotton GM for enhanced fibre quality - CSIRO

Historic agreement on red witchweed eradication

Release of discussion paper on managing established pests and diseases of national significance

The value of Australia's biosecurity system at the farm gate: an analysis of avoided trade and on farm impacts

Small changes have large benefits for crop breeding


FSANZ calls for submissions on genetically modified corn line

AgriFood Skills Australia May 2015 Newsletter now available


ABARES report 'Agricultural commodities: June quarter 2015'

Grain farm income ease but remain above 10 year average

Drones to Enable Breeders to Analyse Plant Characteristics

Project Harvest Monthly Report - March 2015

Bureau of Meteorology issues Climate Outlook for July - September 2015


Department of Agriculture Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update

Registration Open for Plant Breeding Academy, Seed Business 101


 
ASF Seed Business 2015 Convention                                                       

Tuesday 25 August 2015 - Thursday 27 August 2015 (inclusive) 
City Golf Club, Toowoomba, Queensland

EARLY BIRD CLOSES 17 JULY 2015 - Make sure you have registered!

The ASF is pleased to announce Seed Business 2015 is going to be held at the City Golf Club Toowoomba, Queensland.

The theme for this year's Convention will be based on new Biotechnology and Northern Agriculture.

There will be a social day on Monday 24th August with the Annual ASF Golf Day being held for those that wish to take part.

The ASF will once again be holding a Seed Industry Training Day on Tuesday 25 August 2015 similar to the introductory session held last year. We will also be holding more in-depth workshops during this day on specific topics for those that may have attended last year and would like further training. More detail about this will be released soon.

We are currently working on confirming a number of exciting speakers for the program and hope to have an agenda out soon.

Visit the ASF website 'Seed Business' page for all the information and registration forms.


http://www.asf.asn.au/content.php?id=66
 

 Be a Trade Exhibitor at Seed Business 2015         

 Be Seen - Be a Trade Exhibitor at Seed Business 2015, the 
 major calendar event of the seed and agriculture industry.

 
 By being a Trade Exhibitor you will have the opportunity to:
  • Promote your company, products and services;
  • Engage with the seed sector at the Australian and  International level;
  • Network with ASF members and build client relationships; and
  • Promote your company profile in the agriculture and seed industry and agricultural supply chain.
Contact the Business Services Manager, Alysha Lockley for more information and pricing. Phone 02 6282 6822 or email enquiry@asf.asn.au.

 International Seed Federation (ISF) Update                                             

  • Michael Keller Moves the International Seed Industry Towards Change 

International Seed Federation Secretary General Michael Keller called for change during his first speech to the delegates of the 2015 World Seed Congress in Kraków, Poland.

“ISF is changing and we changed a lot this year,” Keller said. “Young and new people arrived, but we’ve also kept the expertise and that’s important.”

He emphasized that it’s important to be proud of the work done by predecessors throughout the federation’s 90 years of work. Keller asked participants if they knew what that meant. “It’s 90 years of life together, 90 years of promoting your interests,” he said. “It’s about the movement of seed — growing, cleaning, conditioning and marketing.”...Full article -
Click here
 

  • ISF Delegates Explore the Use of Seed Treatments for Grass Seed

Is there a place for seed treatments in grass markets? That was one of the questions posed during the Forage and Turf Crops Section meeting at the International Seed Federation’s World Seed Congress in Kraków, Poland held on 27 May 2015.

“In the grass seed industry, I think seed treatments can help to improve what is already a great product,” said Stephen Alderton of DLF France SAS, who presented the topic. “It will have some real benefits and could really help consumers — whether they are a homeowner, a sports field manager or a farmer. He or she can get the grass established much quicker and reap some real quality benefits from the resulting grass sward.”

Alderton explained that treated seed establishes faster and better in harsher environments. “In tests, grass seed with a nitrogen fertilizer coating averaged 30 percent more plants emerging,” he said. “Even a year later, you could still see the difference between plots where the seed received no treatment and those where the seed was treated. The treatment gives a better root:shoot extension.”...Full article -
Click here

Source: Seed World Daily. International Seed Federation (ISF). (2015).


 Latest News from ABCA                                                                             

The ASF is a member of the Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA).

For the latest news on Agricultural Biotechnology including the following, please click on the website link below.
  • AUS - New Guide Released: Updated info on GM Crops
  • AUS - GM Safflower thriving in WA trials
http://www.abca.com.au/news

Source: Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA) - Latest News (2015).

 New RIRDC project focusing on improved subterranean clover seed  
 production from multiple disease resistance 

The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) is funding a new project on how best to obtain improved subterranean clover (Trifolium subterraneum) seed production from multiple disease resistance. This new project will identify new genes and Quantitative Trait Loci (QTLs) for resistances to the most important foliar and root rot diseases of subterranean clover and deliver molecular markers closely linked to them for use in future breeding programs. The project consists of two integrated parts. The first part will phenotype the 97-member subterranean clover core collection, which represents ~ 80% of the genetic diversity within the species, and 28 diverse subterranean clover cultivars for reactions to the foliage diseases, clover scorch (Kabatiella) (to both races 1 and 3 and for both seedling and adult plant resistance) and rust (Uromyces) and to the root rot pathogens Pythium and Phytophthora. The second part of the project will identify molecular markers closely associated with genes and QTLs for resistance to each of these four diseases.

This project is critically important as these diseases are the major cause of subterranean clover production losses in the seed (and livestock) industries. Soil-borne root rot pathogens can cause seedling losses exceeding 90%. This has a major impact on seed production stands and grazing paddocks, due to greater weed competition, weaker root systems and reduced biomass and seed production. Seed production stands are particularly highly vulnerable to major seed yield losses by fungal foliar diseases as they are normally heavily clover dominant thick stands that are most conducive to disease development.


The most economic means of combating diseases is to breed resistant cultivars. However, little is known about the genetics and diversity for resistance to the four most important diseases of subterranean clover; viz. the soil-borne root rot diseases caused by Pythium and Phytophthora and the foliage diseases Rust and Clover Scorch, of which there are two distinct prevailing races. This project is the first in the world to redress this issue and identify molecular markers closely linked to genes and QTLs controlling resistance. This will allow subterranean clover breeding programs to simultaneously select genotypes with genes for multiple disease resistance and other desirable traits. This project will lead to the development of improved subterranean clover cultivars exploiting these technologies to research disease resistance traits for the major diseases that currently severely limit seed production.

The project will be led by Dr Martin Barbetti, Professor in Plant Pathology and Mycology at The University of Western Australia (UWA), who is highly skilled in identifying new types of host resistances for incorporation into disease-resistant cultivars of pasture legumes. The co-researchers in this project include Dr Phillip Nichols, a Senior Pasture Scientist with the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia with many years’ experience breeding pasture legumes; Professor William Erskine, Director of the Centre for Plant Genetics and Breeding at UWA, who has a long history in legume pre-breeding; and Dr Parwinder Kaur from UWA who has expertise in molecular biology and bio-informatics.


Source: Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation. 16/06/15.

 RIRDC Annual Operational Plan 2015-16 now available                         

RIRDC have issued its 2015-16 Operational Plan for your information and consideration.

RIRDC Annual Operational Plan 2015-16 - Click here 

Source: AgriFood Skills Australia. 'Daily Parliamentary Bulletin'. Email Alert. 30/06/15.

 RIRDC: Honey Bee and Pollination Program Five Year Research,        
 Development & Extension Plan 2014/15 - 2018/19 

RIRDC have issued a 'Honey Bee and Pollination Program Five Year Research, Development & Extension Plan 2014/15 - 2018/19' for your information and consideration.

This Five Year Plan outlines the investments that will encompass the RIRDC Honey Bee and Pollination RD&E Program, which has been administered as one program since 1 July 2014. Activities commissioned under the Honey Bee and Pollination RD&E Program will continue to be funded by the combined investments of Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) and RIRDC.


Honey Bee and Pollination Program Five Year Research, Development & Extension Plan 2014/15 - 2018/19 - Click here 

Source: Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC). 'Honey Bee and Pollination Program'. 29/05/15.

 OGTR - Commercial release of canola GM for dual herbicide                
 tolerance and a hybrid breeding system - Bayer CropScience 

The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) have invited comments on an application from Bayer for a commercial release of canola genetically modified for dual herbicide tolerance and a hybrid breeding system. Full text - Click here 

Source: AgriFood Skills Australia. 'Daily Parliamentary Bulletin'. Email Alert. 19/06/15.

 OGTR - Limited and controlled release of cotton GM for enhanced      
 fibre quality - CSIRO 

The OGTR has invited comment on an application from the CSIRO for a trial of release of cotton genetically modified for enhanced fibre quality. Full text - Click here 

Source: AgriFood Skills Australia. 'Daily Parliamentary Bulletin'. Email Alert. 26/06/15.

 Historic agreement on red witchweed eradication                                  

A response plan to eradicate red witchweed from Queensland has been agreed by affected industries and governments – returning certainty to producers and clearing the way for aggressive eradication efforts to begin. 


Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and Federal Member for Dawson, George Christensen, said the historic agreement gave producers currently affected by the detection certainty about the future.

"For the seven affected property owners this is an extremely significant breakthrough as they will now have certainty ahead of this harvest season with response arrangements progressing," Minister Joyce said.

"They're now able to get on with running their businesses whilst containing and eradicating red witchweed from their properties, knowing the actions they take and the extra costs that they incur in that process are covered under the agreement."...
Full Article - Click here

Source: Minister for Agriculture, Member for Dawson. Joint Media Release. 09/06/15.


 Release of discussion paper on managing established pests and        
 diseases of national significance 

The Department of Agriculture, on behalf of the National Biosecurity Committee is inviting comments on a paper which discusses new ideas to manage established weeds, pests and diseases that have a significant impact at a national level. 

Department of Agriculture Depute Secretary, Ms Rona Mellor said the paper, Modernising Australia's approach to managing established pests and diseases of national significance, outlines a proposed way for governments and stakeholders to more effectively work together.

"The ongoing management of weeds, pests and diseases represents a substantial cost to Australian agricultural industries, landholders and the general community," Ms Mellor said.

"In 2009, production losses attributable to pest animals were estimated at more than $620 million per annum; and weeds cost Australian farmers around $1.5 billion a year in 2004 in control activities, and a further $2.5 billion a year in lost agricultural production"...Full Text - 
Click here

Source: Australian Government, Department of Agriculture. Media Release. 01/06/15.

 The value of Australia's biosecurity system at the farm gate: an          
 analysis of avoided trade and on farm impacts 

Australian Government, Department of Agriculture have issued 'The value of Australia's biosecurity system at the farm gate: an analysis of avoided trade and on farm impacts', for your information and consideration.

This report estimates the value of Australia's biosecurity system at the 'farm gate'. The report considers the effect on farm profits of an outbreak of six potentially significant biosecurity treats to Australian agriculture: Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), Mexican feather grass, citrus greening highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), Karnal bunt and red imported fire ants (RIFA).

The value of biosecurity is estimated as the on-farm costs and losses avoided due to biosecurity efforts that target the pathways through which pests, diseases and weeds enter, become established and spread throughout Australia. Avoided costs and losses include expenditures on control measures for damage mitigation, and diminished revenue arising from production losses and export market losses.

Full text and report - 
Click here

Source: AgriFood Skills Australia. 'Daily Parliamentary Bulletin'. Email Alert. 10/06/15.

 Small changes have large benefits for crop breeding                             

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have developed a new method for breeding crops that will improve the potential for long-term, sustainable genetic improvement.

In a world first, Professor Wallace Cowling from The UWA Institute of Agriculture and his team have taken the breeding model commonly used by animal breeders, and implemented it in self-pollinating crops.

Self-pollinating crops, or 'selfing' crops, are plants that are normally fertilised from their own pollen. Self-pollinating crops such as rice, wheat and other cereals, soy beans and certain vegetable-derived oils, account for more than 60 per cent of world food calories for human consumption.

Farmers are used to saving the seed of wheat and other crops such as lupin, field pea and chickpea, knowing that the harvested seed is identical to the sown seed as a result of selfing. New varieties are 'pure lines' that have been tested for several generations and shown to be superior to previous varieties. Pure lines are normally used in crossing to start the next cycle of selection...Full text -
Click here

Source: The University of Western Australia. University News. 09/06/15.

 FSANZ calls for submissions on genetically modified corn line           

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for submissions on as application to allow food derived from a genetically modified corn line.

FSANZ Chief Executive Office Steve McCutcheon said the corn line had been genetically modified to be tolerant to the herbicide glufosinate ammonium, and for protection against common corn pests.

"FSANZ has completed its safety assessment on this application and found there were no potential public health or safety concerns," Mr McCutcheon said.

"FSANZ has determined that food derived from this corn line is as safe for human consumption as food derived from conventional corn cultivars."

FSANZ encourages comments from any interested stakeholders.


Closing date for submissions is 6pm 14 July 2015.

More Information and full text, click on the below link:

www.foodstandards.gov.au/media/Pages/Call-for-submissions-on-genetically-modified-corn-line.aspx
 
Source: Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). Media Centre. 02/06/15.

 AgiFood Skills Australia May 2015 Newsletter now available                

AgriFood Skills Australia have issued their 'May 2015 Newsletter' for your information and consideration.

In this issue is:
  • CEO Reports
  • E-Scan 2015 now available
  • Agriculture in Education programme
  • Australian Racing Conference
  • Beef Australia 2015
  • ISSI 25th anniversary
  • Training Package Updates
  • Scholarships and training awards
  • Upcoming Events
Click the below link to access the May 2015 Issue.

http://www.agrifoodskills.net.au/?page=MayNewsletter2015

Source: AgriFood Skills Australia. 'May 2015 Newsletter'. 01/06/15. 

 ABARES report 'Agricultural commodities: June quarter 2015'             

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture have issued 'Agricultural commodities: June quarter 2015' report for your information and consideration.

This report forecasts a 3.1 per cent increase in the gross value of farm production to around $53.7 billion in 2015-16...

Full text and a copy of the report -
Click here

Source: AgriFood Skills Australia. 'Daily Parliamentary Bulletin'. Email Alert. 16/06/15.

 Grain farm income ease but remain above 10 year average                   

Farm cash income of Australian grain producing farms is estimated to have declined in 2014-15 to average $171,000 per farm, around 24 per cent higher than the 10 year average to 2013-14.

ABARES Executive Director, Karen Schneider, said the results followed a period of relatively high income in recent years compared with historical averages.

"Nationally, farm cash income of grain producing farms increased from $189,590 in 2012-13 to $213,100 in 2013-14, or 68 per cent above the 10 year average to 2012-13," Ms Schneider said.

"Farm cash incomes in 2013-14 were boosted by high yields in Western Australia and South Australia that resulted in the second largest winter crop on record."

Ms Schneider said the decline in farm cash incomes in 2014-15 reflected reduced winter grain yields in all regions and lower prices for wheat, oilseeds and pulses. Full text -
Click here

Source: Australian Government, Department of Agriculture. Media Release. 30/06/15.

 Drones to Enable Breeders to Analyse Plant Characteristics                

Using drones to capture high-resolution images of trial sites to enable breeders to analyse plant characteristics will be the focus of a new research project at the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus in Australia.

PhD student James Walter’s project aims to improve the speed and accuracy in phenotyping, which is observing external plant characteristics created by a plant’s genes, or genotype, interacting with its environment.

Walter will use drones and other technology to capture images to characterize wheat breeding yield plots to assess biomass, head density, maturity, nitrogen and other phenotyping traits.

“The data extracted from these images will then be used to develop statistical models that more accurately describe the performance of wheat varieties for breeders,” he says.

“Although DNA-based selection in now commonplace, field-based phenotyping is still the main method used to make genetic gain for traits such as flowering time, grain yield and disease resistance...Full article -
Click here

Source: Seed World Daily. 16/06/2015; The University of Adelaide. 'Scholarship recipient takes to the skies'. 04/06/15.

 Project Harvest Monthly Report - March 2015                                          

There is an increasing need in Australia's horticulture industry to monitor and gauge consumer perception and behaviour in relation to fresh vegetables.

Colmar Brunton conducts monthly on-line tracking following specified vegetables, monthly trends analysis, and additional ad-hoc projects to assist in this understanding of consumers.

This project has been funded by HIA using vegetable industry levy and matched funds from the Australian Government.

Content in this report is:
- Broccoli
- Lettuce
- Chillies
- Sweet Corn

To download the full report for March 2015 - Click here

Source: AUSVEG. 'Project Harvest March 2015 - vegetable consumer and market report'. 05/06/15.

 Bureau of Meteorology issues Climate Outlook for July - Sept 2015    

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued its monthly and seasonal climate outlooks for July to September 2015.

Updated monthly, Climate Outlooks provide a key service for many Australian sectors that need to look at the months and season ahead for their planning, such as the resources, agriculture and rural sectors, and emergency services. 

The outlook for the next three months indicates:
  • Generally wetter-than-average season is more likely for parts of the west, while drier in the far southeast.
  • Warmer days likely for northeastern Australia and the far south.
  • Climate influences include unusually warm sea surface temperatures in the Indian Ocean, and El Nino in the tropical Pacific.
For more information please visit www.bom.gov.au/climate/ahead

Source: Australian Government, Bureau of Meteorology. 'Bureau issues Climate Outlook for July to Sept 2015'. 25/06/15.

 Department of Agriculture Weekly Australian Climate, Water and        
 Agricultural Update 

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture has issued a 'Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update' for your information and consideration.

This report contains information previously published in the Australian Climate and Agricultural Monthly Update however by combining the two updates it has allowed for improved access to up-to-date climate, water and commodity information in a single report.

Report Information (25/6/15) - Click here

Source: Australian Government, Department of Agriculture. 'Weekly ABARES report'. 25/06/15. www.agriculture.gov.au 

 Registration Open for Plant Breeding Academy, Seed Business 101   

Applications are being accepted for the remaining spots of the European Plant Breeding Academy Class 4, beginning in October 2015.

The UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy is a postgraduate course that teaches the fundamentals of plant breeding, genetics and statistics through lectures, discussions, and field trips to public and private breeding programs.


Participants attend a half dozen six-day sessions in six countries. The instructors are internationally recognised experts in plant breeding and seed technology.

The schedule for the upcoming European PBA Class 4 is as follows:

Gent, Belgium                          5-10 October 2015
Angers, France                        7-12 March 2016
Gatersleben, Germany            27 June - 2 July 2016
Enkhuizen, The Netherlands   3-8 October 2016
Almeria, Spain                         6-11 March 2017
Davis, USA                              26-30 June 2017

For more information on the UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy visit http://pba.ucdavis.edu or contact Joy Patterson at jpatterson@ucdavis.edu.

Source: Seed World Daily. 05/06/15.


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