Breeding & varieties

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has formal links to national breeding programs for lupins, pulses and oats. The department also has significant research inputs in pre-breeding for wheat and barley, supporting the development of new varieties for Western Australia and national grain growers, with particular emphasis on frost, drought and salinity.

The National Apple Breeding Program based at DPIRD, has produced the Cripps Pink (known as Pink Lady) and Cripps Red (Sundowner) with research into more great varieties being undertaken.

DPIRD is working to select better strawberries for the WA industry.

Articles

  • The Australian National Mango Breeding Program was initiated in 1994 between four state, territory and federal agricultural organisations.

  • Tissue culture is the best method for propagating bananas. It ensures they are true to type and free from pests and diseases.

  • Many new varieties of mandarins and tangors have become available in Western Australia with desirable traits for consumers such as few or no seeds and loose skin (easy peel).

  • Selecting the right rootstock for your orchard is one of the most important decisions you will have to make.

  • Many new navel and Valencia orange varieties have become available in recent years and are currently being evaluated under West Australian conditions.

  • Three new mango varieties have been developed by the National Mango Breeding Program (NMBP). NMBP-1243 is a hybrid cross between Irwin and Kensington Pride (KP).

  • Pollination is one of the keys to profitable apple production. As a general rule, apple varieties are not self-fertile and will not set a full crop without a compatible polliniser.

  • Mango fruit produced in the Perth area is seasonally the latest in Australia and receives high prices in WA and interstate.

  • While Hass avocados are commonly grown in the South-West of Western Australia without a cross-polliniser variety, much interest has focused around the potential benefits of using a suitable cross-p