Dr Hoan Dinh, AusAID scholar and PhD student at the University of Sydney, found and defined the sequence of a gene responsible for leaf rust resistance in barley.
The finding, which was published in the journalNature Communicationslast month, will help protect cereal crops such as wheat and barley against fungal rust – a disease that decreases global food production by at least 10%.
The insight will help researchers better develop varieties with longer-lasting rust resistance, which in turn would help increase agricultural productivity.
Less than 10 per cent of all perishable foods is estimated to be refrigerated, even though post-harvest losses add up to 30 per cent of food production worldwide. Innovation with decentralized renewable energy (DRE) is essential in Africa and Asia because access and connection to electricity in rural areas, where food is produced, is still poor . Solar energy is harnessed to run these machines.
The units run directly from solar power during the day and stored solar energy (batteries) at night,These units can be used by governments, farmers, military and humanitarian workers. Photo credit: Adelano