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GRDC: Accelerating genetic gain - utilising the B genome diversity in canola

Opportunity for

  • Australian and global solution providers, researchers, 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.

Canola, Brassica napus (AACC) is a crop derived from interspecific crosses between Brassica rapa (AA) and Brassica oleracea (CC). By contrast, Brassica juncea (AABB) and Brassica carinata (BBCC) originated from crosses between Brassica nigra (BB) and Brassica rapa (AA), and Brassica nigra (BB) and Brassica oleracea (CC), respectively.

The B genome of Brassicas possess a number of desirable traits that would be of benefit to canola (AACC). However, integration of B genome genes into canola is difficult due to the genetic controls which prevent non-homologous pairing of chromosomes and the recombination which can occur.

Current opportunity:

The Australian Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is interested in hearing from potential partners who can develop innovative methods to integrate valuable segments of the B genome, without the instability and agronomic penalties that occur with the addition of the whole B genome in canola.

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

Target crops: Canola

Indicative project size: medium four-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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Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)

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    Australia

  • Organisation type

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