Grants to keep grain industry competitive

Grants to keep grain industry competitive

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Calum Watt, Murdoch University, a recipient of a 2019 COGGO research fund grant, checks on barley crop emergence and uniformity after germination.

Calum Watt, Murdoch University, a recipient of a 2019 COGGO research fund grant, checks on barley crop emergence and uniformity after germination.

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The Council of Grain Grower Organisations Ltd has announced funding for five new projects to start in 2019.

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THE Council of Grain Grower Organisations Ltd (COGGO) has announced funding for five new projects to start in 2019.

Established in 2000, the purpose of COGGO’s research fund is to invest in innovative new research and development projects from across the supply chain that can demonstrate a direct benefit to WA grain growers.

Expressions of interest for funding were received from 30 applicants from a cross-section of industry, government, grower groups and research organisations.

The five successful recipient organisations are:

  • University of WA ($100,000 over two years) for ground-truthing field expression and value of new flowering time genes in lupins for WA.
  • Murdoch University ($94,250 over two years) for a novel approach to improving Stagonospora notorum blotch (SNB) tolerance in wheat.
  • Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development ($100,000 over two years) for the role of ice nucleating bacteria in frost sensitivity of cereals in WA.
  • Murdoch University ($25,000 over two years) for increasing barley yield under future temperature increases.
  • Southern Dirt (funding yet to be determined over two years) for using long-season wheats for increases in profits and grazing opportunities.

“COGGO is privileged to be able to fund these valuable research projects for the advancement and improvement of the WA grains industry” said COGGO chairman Rhys Turton.

“We have a long history of providing catalytic funding for new R&D ideas and have seen many past recipients make a significant impact on returns for WA grain growers.

“Our members voluntarily contribute 0.5 per cent of their own net farmgate returns to which we are very grateful, this in turn then enables COGGO to fund new R&D projects for the benefit of WA grain growers.”

COGGO has a mandate to invest in research and development for the benefit of WA grain growers.

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Grower contributions have played a significant part in assisting the grains industry to maintain its market competitiveness.

The research fund is administered by the Grain Industry Association of WA.

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