Re­silient lupin re­vealed

Midwest Times - - NEWS -

A new va­ri­ety of high-yield­ing, high-pro­tein lupin, with a su­pe­rior tol­er­ance to a com­monly used her­bi­cide, has been un­veiled in Min­genew.

The PBA Lee­man strain was launched at the Min­genew Ir­win Group Field Day last Wed­nes­day.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment, the strain is suit­able for grow­ing in a vast area, rang­ing from the North­ern Agri­cul­tural Re­gion to the Lakes District in WA’s south.

De­part­ment se­nior plant breeder Jonathan Cle­ments said PBA Lee­man was a tough, pest and dis­easere­sis­tant va­ri­ety with a su­pe­rior tol­er­ance to the broadleaf her­bi­cide metribuzin.

Metribuzin is used in WA to con­trol na­tive weeds, in­clud­ing wild radish, cape­weed and dou­blegee.

“Its tol­er­ance to metribuzin will make it a de­sir­able va­ri­ety for grow­ers with weed man­age­ment chal­lenges,” Dr Cle­ments said.

“It also has good re­sis­tance to the fun­gal dis­eases pho­mop­sis, an­thrac­nose, grey spot and aphids, with mod­er­ate lev­els of sus­cep­ti­bil­ity to viruses.”

PBA Lee­man was de­vel­oped by DPIRD through the na­tional Pulse Breed­ing Aus­tralia lupin breed­ing pro­gram, with in­vest­ment from the Grains Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion.

Pic­ture: De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment

De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment of­fi­cers Dr Jonathan Cle­ments, Cliff Sta­ples, Daniel Ren­shaw and Dr Hua’an Yang with the new va­ri­ety of lupin.

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