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Sea grass trials in salt land battle

Bettles, C. (2008) Sea grass trials in salt land battle. Farm Weekly, 21 August 2008. p. 12 [Publication] [Special Collections]


The science behind a new salt-tolerant wheat may unlock hundreds of thousands of hectares of salt-affected farmland across the Wheatbelt. Agriculture Department principal research officer, Dr Ed Barrett-Lennard, who is also the Future Farm Industries CRC program manager, said that the project had performed well over the past six years in greenhouse trials to now graduate to a field trial. Westonia is one of the most salt waterlogging-tolerant grasses in Western Australia. Agriculture Department project leader Tim Colmer and University of Adelaide cytogeneticist Dr Rafiq Islam were the pioneers of this work. A sub-article titled: Salty wheat crop could be peppered with other plants, discusses the new Grains Research and Development Corporation funded salt-tolerant wheat variety which may be used with a combination of plants across the Wheatbelt. Dr Barrett-Lennard said the trial to be held at Lake Grace was a high priority project.

This article contains an image of Dr Ed Barrett-Lennard holding a potted Westonia wheat and a sea barley grass.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©2008 Farm Weekly
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58489
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