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Ensuring Lucerne seed production in the absence of bees

Lucerne is an important pasture species that is dependent on bees for pollination. To overcome this potential vulnerability, this project aims to identify genotypes of Lucerne that have the ability to selfpollinate in the absence of bees. This will be achieved through screening 200,000 genotypes in insect-proof screenhouses followed by further testing to confirm that any material identified truly capable of self-pollination.

Project date

1 May 2017-31 Oct 2021
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Principal investigator

John Hamblin

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Multiple industries
Alternative protein Aquaculture Cereal grains Cross industry Essential oils Fruits Game Honey bees Nuts Other rural industries Pasture, fodder & feed Poultry Pulse grains

AgriFutures Australia

AgriFutures Australia proudly focuses on building a rich future for Australian agriculture. We live and work in the regions and …

Multiple industries
Alternative protein Aquaculture Cereal grains Cross industry Essential oils Fruits Game Honey bees Nuts Other rural industries Pasture, fodder & feed Poultry Pulse grains
  • Location

    Australia

  • Organisation type

    Research funding body

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Focus areas

Sustainabilities

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