GRDC's plans for research investments

Tuesday, 27 November, 2001

A major increase in research investments for Australia's burgeoning pasta wheat (durum) industry is being planned by the Grains Research and Development Corporation.

John Harvey, GRDC's Manager of Program Operations, said Australia's durum wheat industry, now producing grain worth more than $100 million a year, had captured a significant share of the international market through well-focused breeding and marketing initiatives.

He said the aim was to build on this with the GRDC considering increasing research investments by 40% so that up to $1 million a year could be invested in durum wheat varietal improvement, and the development of necessary plant breeding tools.

Item provided courtesy of Science Industry.

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