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.
Bees are important to crop production in the United States.
Bee vectoring technology (BVT) uses commercially reared bees to deliver targeted crop controls through pollination and replacing chemical pesticides with an environmentally safe crop protection system.
The scientifically designed bumblebee hive allows bees to pick up a small amount of pest control powders on their legs that they disperse when they travel within the field.
This innovation improves sustainable farming, crop yield, and soil quality. BVT’s solution works on farms of all sizes