Field research services

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Field research services (FRS) ensures the delivery of timely and efficient technical expertise to implement field research experiments across the Western Australian grainbelt.

The FRS team has specialist capability to undertake complex field-based experiments, phenology and physical crop measurements and use of a range of scientific grains research equipment.

FRS operate seven field research units to manage research and development experiments for DAFWA, CSIRO, universities and privately funded grains research projects.

FRS delivers expertise in:

  • Field research experiment management – trial site selection, seed preparation, sowing, pre- and post-emergence weed, disease and pest control treatments, trial observations and harvesting.
  • Trial seed production and multiplication – small quantities of seed are obtained from breeding companies and field experiments each year. The seed is cleaned and multiplied for experiments in the following year.
  • Management of field research facilities and land for field research – research facilities are managed and maintained for field experiments, particularly in situations considered unsuitable for growers paddocks due to unacceptable risks associated with intellectual property; biosecurity implications (disease trials); prevalence of weeds, pests and diseases; unregistered herbicides and fungicides; and genetically modified organisms.
  • Establishment and management of research facilities.

These new research projects frequently need the establishment of new field operations and infrastructure. FRS ensures the timely commencement and implementation of new research field projects taking a lead role in the procurement of land and infrastructure to support field-based grains R&D activities.

The FRS team manage DAFWA’s New Genes for New Environments (NGNE) facilities located at Merredin and Katanning, which enable trialling of GM crops in a variety of environments and the Managed Environment Facility (MEF) located at Merredin, which allows water use efficiency traits to be evaluated under a range of heat and drought conditions within any year.

FRS will continue to develop its capability and equipment to manage the complexity and technologies involved in establishing and managing field experiments, applying investigative treatments, evaluating crop growth and development, and other field measurements. Our expertise will evolve to tackle cutting-edge applied grains R&D.

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