Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Workshop considers climate change adaptable crops

Wednesday November 7, 2012 - 14:25 EDT

Agricultural experts from across the Asia-Pacific region are meeting in Western Australia this week in an effort to develop new varieties of crop that are adaptable to climate change.

Representatives from 12 Asian nations are taking part in the workshop hosted by the Department of Agriculture and Food.

The department's grains industry executive director, Mark Sweetingham, says there will be immediate benefits, despite the work's long-term focus.

He says researchers are hopeful the talks will make significant advances in solving problems like drought stress and disease resistance.

"Whilst it might take 10 years or so to develop a new variety of whatever it might be, these new techniques improve what the breeders call the rate of genetic gain," he said.

"You're far more likely to put together a new, more effective and higher yielding variety if you're using these modern DNA technologies.

"What the team is up to is looking at leading edge breeding methods to learn how to apply advanced DNA market technology to tag genes of importance to solve problems like drought stress, high temperature stress, disease resistance and things like that."


- ABC

© ABC 2012

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

SA weather: SES issues emergency warning for Gawler as floodwaters rise

19:20 EST

The town of Gawler and surrounding districts north of Adelaide are bracing for significant flooding, with the Army called in to help residents fill sandbags at Two Wells.

SA weather: Power outages continue for thousands after more than two days in dark

19:17 EST

Power may not be restored to Eyre Peninsula homes until the early hours of the morning after twin tornadoes and wild weather caused significant damage to transmission towers in South Australia.

NSW severe weather warning issued, damaging winds set to lash state's north

19:17 EST

Parts of New South Wales have been warned to prepare for wild weather this evening as a low-pressure system from Tasmania gets set to batter northern parts of the state.