North Queensland Register, 15 September 2015. Swapping germplasm with Vietnam.

An edited extract of the original article appears below.

A HISTORIC Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by Sugar Research Australia (SRA) and the Sugarcane Research Institute (SRI) of Vietnam will pave the way for exchange of genetic material between the two countries’ plant breeding programs.

The 10-year MOU is aimed to allow both countries to improve their sugarcane plant breeding and deliver improved outcomes for growers and millers.

This will be done by SRA and the SRI Vietnam working collaboratively to exchange sugarcane germplasm between their respective breeding programs, as well as working cooperatively on research on sugarcane diseases and pests of mutual interest, and other collaborative research ventures such as trait development, molecular biology and crop management.

SRA Chairman Mr Paul Wright AM said that expanding the genetic base within the SRA sugarcane breeding program was vital for SRA to be able to continue to develop new and improved sugarcane varieties for growers and millers.

“SRA already has variety exchange agreements in place with more than 15 countries around the world and this new MOU with Vietnam is expected to deliver new opportunities for growers and millers, by allowing us access to a greater pool of genetic diversity,” Mr Wright said…

 

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