Narrabri hosts national forum on wheat breeding

Wheat breeders, researchers and industry officials from across the country have converged on Narrabri for the return of the Wheat Breeding Assembly.

This week’s forum in Narrabri saw more than 130 people participate in what was the first meeting since the COVID pandemic.

Two days of sessions were held at the Crossing Theatre, however, it was a field trip to the University of Sydney’s Plant Breeding Institute that allowed visitors to see Narrabri’s achievements and abilities as a as a leading center for agricultural research.

Wheat Breeding Society of Australia president Professor Richard Trethowan, who also works as director of the Newell Highway research institute, said this week’s forum was one of the first to be held outside Australia. a capital.

Professor Trethowan was among the local research staff to explain Narrabri’s important role as a research centre.

Among the speakers during Tuesday afternoon’s field trip to the Plant Breeding Institute were local wheat researcher Dr Lindsay O’Brien and representative of the Wheat Research Foundation Wheat, Ray Hare.

The foundation and the University of Sydney have a close working relationship at the Newell Highway site.

“We’ve had a positive interaction with the university over 60 years,” Mr Hare said.

He explained the importance of agricultural research, given the growing food needs in the world.

“In total, global agriculture will need to produce 15 billion meals a day,” he told visiting delegates.

Professor Trethowan praised the long-standing relationship between the foundation and the university.

“After 50 years, we are revitalizing the place,” he said, pointing to the soon-to-be-completed $13 million International Center for Digital Crops and Agriculture.

Talk to The mail Commenting on this week’s forum, he said it was a pleasure to see wheat researchers descend on the city, especially looking at the many accomplishments to come from Narrabri-based researchers.

A variety of topics were offered during the three-day forum, covering genomics, phenomics, phenotyping, data management and wheat breeding technology.

Highly qualified academics and industry representatives were on the long list of topics discussed.

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