Scientific study to increase grain crops

Joint US-Australian study to increase the amount of grain crops harvested each year to help industry

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CISRO) will work with the US Department of Agriculture on a $1.6 million study to understand the growth and yield in grasses for bio energy and food crops.

The study is designed to increase the amount of crops that are harvested each year around the country, such as wheat, and boosting the economy and industry in the process.

Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) Scientific Director Bob Furbank says the knowledge gained from the study will mean crops that grow quicker, produce more and are more stress tolerant will be able to be transported from farms to markets both in Australia and overseas.

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