Hardier barley varieties are on the way

HARDIER barley varieties could be an option for breeders in the not-too-distant future, thanks to an international genetics research collaboration.

Scientists from Australia and around the world have worked hard to find barley’s genetic secrets, and further understand which genes control its ability to adapt.

Director of Murdoch University’s Western Barley Genetics Alliance, Professor Chengdao Li, said developing a barley genome map will give breeders and researchers confidence to manipulate genes and create new high-performance varieties tailored to Australian conditions.

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