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The Western Australian State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre: A role in technology transfer to developing countries

Wylie, S.J.ORCID: 0000-0002-5639-7460 and Jones, M.G.K.ORCID: 0000-0001-5002-0227 (1998) The Western Australian State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre: A role in technology transfer to developing countries. In Vitro Cellular & Development Biology - Animal, 34 (3). 18A.


The Western Australian State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre (SABC) was established in 1994 to improve agricultural productivity in Western Australia through biotechnology. The Centre provides facilities for researchers from around the world who work with plants, animals, fish and fungi. The plant biotechnology group has close ties with agricultural training institutions in a number of developing countries in the region, and provides training for post-graduate research students and visiting scholars from those institutions. Since 1994 there have been 25 researchers from developing countries who have received training in plant biotechnology at the SABC. Countries involved include China, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, India, Srilanka, Kenya, Nigeria, Mauritius, and Iran. The major research projects under way at present include characterization of locally significant plant viruses, in particular bean yellow mosaic potyvirus, cucumber mosaic cucumovirus and subterranean clover mottle sobemovirus; developing constructs for resistance to viruses and fungi in legumes; optimising in vitro culture and transformation methods for narrow-leafed lupin (L. angustifolius) and yellow lupin (L. luteus); nematode / host interactions; molecular mapping for quality and disease resistance traits in lupins, wheat and barley; expression of antibody fragments in plants for protection against pathogenic fungi, and molecular diagnostics. Significant advances include an in vitro transformation and regeneration system for yellow lupin, the introduction of BYMV-resistance genes into narrow-leafed lupin, yellow lupin and subterranean clover, the identification of a molecular marker for starch quality in noodle wheat, and a molecular map of narrow-leafed lupin. Some of these projects will be discussed in detail, with possibilties for training.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Western Australian State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Copyright: © 1998 Society for In Vitro Biology
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Other Information: Abstract: 1998 Meeting of the Society for In Vitro Biology. Las vegas, Nevada 30 May - 4 June, 1998
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