Increasing stable lupin productivity through enhanced disease resistances

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Lupin breeders and researchers will have the genetic tools and knowledge to deliver lupin varieties with improved disease and yield stability. 

Start date: 01/05/2023
Finish date: 30/06/2028


This project involves a collaboration between Western Australia Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), Murdoch University, Curtin University and Australian Grain Technology (AGT) aims to improve the disease resistance of narrow leafed lupin to four prominent diseases.  

This five-year project will screen and genotype a core set of germplasm selected from cultivars, breeding lines and wild introductions to identify resistance genes to Phomopsis, CMV, Anthracnose and Sclerotinia.  

The project will develop high throughput phenotyping methods, deploying traditional methodologies, artificial intelligence and molecular techniques to provide effective and robust screening tools for breeding companies and researchers.  

Genomic selection, modelling tools and genomic data will be used to select resistant lines and develop markers for marker assisted selection to be able to pyramid resistance genes into elite cultivars.  

The outputs from this project will be shared with prebreeders and breeders to reduce the impacts of these diseases on narrow leafed lupin industry. 

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Sharon Westcott
+61 (0)8 9360 6818