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GRDC: Accelerating genetic gain - Breeder facing AI tools

Opportunity for

  • Australian and global solution providers, researchers, startups and innovators.

Opportunity description

Industry challenge

Grains crop breeding in Australia has reached a major potential inflection point where new breeding technologies presents an opportunity to significantly improve the performance of new varieties.

As the number of sources and types of breeding and pre-breeding information increase, there is an increased need for tools that allow quick access to accurate and useful information for breeder decisions.

A new generation of AI tools have recently been developed that could be applied to this challenge to increase and accelerate the use of GRDC pre-breeding project outputs in Australian breeding programs.

Current opportunity

The Australian Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is interested in hearing from potential partners who can apply new AI technologies to accelerate deployment of pre-breeding outputs into Australian breeding programs.

GRDC encourages responses from traditional and non-traditional partners; Australian and international organisations; public and private entities.

Target crops: Wheat, barley, canola

Indicative project size: small three-year project

If you are interested in attending the Industry Briefing for this EOI on 10th May 2024, please contact [email protected] or go to "Enquire now" by 08/05/2024 2:00PM AEST.

Opportunity background

Development and adoption of new breeding technologies will be crucial in delivering future step change improvements in yield and other traits against a backdrop of climate change and increasing international competition. In 2023, a process of Global Engagement was undertaken for GRDC to seek ideas as to priority areas of investment against the following themes:

  • Theme A. Improved predictive breeding to manage genetic complexity. For example, applying crop models, improved imputation methods, optimum contribution selection and evolutionary computing.
  • Theme B. Creating and using genetic diversity. For example, unlocking the potential of genome editing, improved transformation systems, improved trait introgression, and more effective use of wild relatives for Australian crop improvement.
  • Theme C. Exploiting heterosis. For example, defining and optimizing heterotic groups for wheat and canola.
  • Theme D. Developing accelerated breeding systems. For example, platform technologies such as cost-effective doubled haploids, apomixis, improved crossing efficiency and others.

From this process a number of priority areas were identified, one of which is addressed through this multi-stage procurement.

Opportunity type

Research partner, Seeking solutions

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Wednesday, 31 July 2024 12:00 Australia/Sydney
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Any (TRL 1-9)
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    Research funding body

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Opportunity for

  • Individuals and companies building a technology-enabled early stage business with application to Australian grain growers
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  • Led by

    Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)

  • Opportunity type

    Seeking interest, Seeking solutions, Seeking partners

  • Readiness
    Mid (TRL 5-7)
    Proof of concept in the laboratory then in the field resulting in the development of a minimum viable product (MVP).

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