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CSIRO’s plant breeding capabilities benefit a range of agribusiness industries from horticulture and pastoral through to broadacre crops like wheat.

Plant breeding

CSIRO’s plant breeding capabilities benefit a range of agribusiness industries from horticulture and pastoral through to broadacre crops like wheat.

  • 27 April 2007 | Updated 14 October 2011

The capability

CSIRO is a leader in breeding new and improved varieties of:

  • cotton
  • wheat
  • sugar
  • grapes
  • barley
  • pastures
  • legumes
  • oilseeds
  • citrus
  • macadamias
    CSIRO breeds new high yield and high quality varieties of broadacre and horticultural crops, and pastures.
  • mangoes.

CSIRO has plant breeding expertise and experience in:

  • conventional breeding
  • agronomy
  • plant physiology
  • molecular biology
  • gene technology.

How CSIRO uses it

CSIRO breeds new high yield and high quality varieties of pastures and broadacre and horticultural crops.

For example, CSIRO:

  • conducts significant wheat research to develop new wheat varieties
  • is a leader in breeding cotton varieties, with 80 to 90 per cent of the Australian cotton crop consisting of CSIRO varieties
  • develops wine, table and dried grape varieties to address industry-based and market-focused needs
  • improves pasture varieties; our breeding program is responsible for most of the phalaris varieties available in Australia.

Our facilities

CSIRO maintains the largest and most sophisticated range of glasshouses and controlled environment facilities in the Southern Hemisphere.

We have extensive field sites catering to the range of crops and pastures we breed. Our field sites are located Australia-wide to take advantage of different environmental conditions and industry linkages.

Alliances

CSIRO has many alliances with industry, business and other research organisations to support and develop research to breed new crop and pasture varieties.

For example CSIRO:

  • provides new cotton varieties to Cotton Seed Distributors to commercialise and market
  • worked with McWilliams Wines to develop the wine grape variety Tyrian
  • licensed the wheat variety Drysdale to AWB Ltd to provide to wheat growers.

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