Free rein in world wheat gene bank

Neil Lyon
Updated December 17 2015 - 8:42am, first published April 3 2014 - 4:00am
LEFT: University of Sydney Plant Breeding Institute professor of plant breeding Richard Trethowan inspects a wheat trial at the Norman Borlaug Experimental Station, Obregon, Mexico, with Universities of Sydney and Queensland CAIGE co-ordinator Sandra Micallef, Brisbane, Qld, Australian Grain Technologies senior wheat breeder Meiqin Lu, Narrabri, and Edstar Genetics principal Ian Edwards, Perth.
LEFT: University of Sydney Plant Breeding Institute professor of plant breeding Richard Trethowan inspects a wheat trial at the Norman Borlaug Experimental Station, Obregon, Mexico, with Universities of Sydney and Queensland CAIGE co-ordinator Sandra Micallef, Brisbane, Qld, Australian Grain Technologies senior wheat breeder Meiqin Lu, Narrabri, and Edstar Genetics principal Ian Edwards, Perth.

FOR Australian wheat breeding specialist Richard Trethowan, having access to the largest wheat genebank in the world through the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) in Mexico is akin to giving a child free rein in a lolly shop.

Neil Lyon

Neil Lyon

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National machinery writer for Fairfax Agricultural Media.

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