Resilient lupin revealed
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.
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.