Western Australia is the world’s largest producer and exporter of lupins with the majority exported as animal feed to the European Union, Japan and Korea – delivering the state about $65 million in export earnings in 2011–12.

Lupins are now being promoted as human food with medical studies confirming their benefits in combating high blood sugar, heart disease and obesity.

Since the release of the first fully domesticated Australian sweet lupin in the late 1960s, lupin breeding by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has resulted in a doubling of lupin yields from 0.7-1.5 tonnes per hectare.

DAFWA supports the pre-breeding, breeding, agronomics and market development of the Western Australian lupins industry, in conjunction with industry partners.


  • 11 July 2017

    The life cycle of lupin from germination through to seed ripeness can be divided into six clearly definable stages.

  • 11 July 2017

    Lupin species were present in Western Australia as early as the 1850s. They initially spread on uncultivated land and were thought to have little value.

  • 11 July 2017

    Lupins are a critical component of a uniquely Western Australian farming system, the wheat:lupin rotation.

  • 21 March 2017

    Wild radish (Raphanus raphanistrum) is highly competitive in crops and can cause a yield loss of 10-90%.

  • 17 November 2016

    Root and hypocotyl diseases can be significant problems in lupin crops, reducing stand density, plant vigour and yield.

  • 17 November 2016

    This page describes symptoms and management of the major fungal and viral diseases affecting lupin foliage, stems and pods.

  • 27 November 2014

    GrainGuard is a coordinated and cooperative strategic approach between the grain industry and the Western Australian Government.

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