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

  • 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.

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

  • Barbera is an old Italian wine variety that has consistently performed well in trials in Manjimup, Western Australia with wines viewed favourably by wine judges and consumers.

  • Arneis is an emerging variety in the Australian wine industry, with commercial plantings established in eastern states.

  • Williams is a milling oat variety which was released in September 2013. It is a mid-tall, high yielding line with an improved disease resistance profile compared to current varieties.

  • 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).

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

  • 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).

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

  • Bannister is a high yielding oat with milling quality and wide adaptation for Western Australia. It was tested as WAOAT2354 and released in March 2012.

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