New super pea to be launched at Narrabri field day

27 September 2010

Plant Breeding Institute Officer in Charge, Steve Moore said the new variety had yet to be named and is presently being referred to as PRL131.

"It is likely that the chosen name will follow previous releases and be named after Aboriginal weapons like the two varieties already available, Yarrum and Maki," he said.

"PL131 is high yielding with improved disease resistance. It is a white seeded variety specifically aimed at planting in northern NSW and southern Qld. It has a large seed which makes it eligible for either the stock feed or human consumption markets and should be commercially available for the 2011 planting season."

The variety was produced using conventional pedigree plant breeding methods.

The original cross was made by Mr Adrian Russell of Plant Research NZ Ltd and the population was selected for release by Mr Steve Moore, with funding from the Pork Cooperative Research Centre of Australia (Pork CRC).

Mr Moore said the variety would offer grain growers in the region a short season, high yielding white seeded field pea.

"The variety was also produced to provide pork producers in the region with a reliable protein source but can, subject to meeting specification, also be used in the human consumption market.

"PRL131 was specifically selected for the sub tropical environments of northern NSW and Queensland but will be evaluated Australia-wide and also in targeted regions internationally."

In addition to the new variety being launched, the Sustainable Futures Forum and Field Day at Narrabri will showcase the latest in commercial plant breeding and provide a forum to discuss emerging research activities. The event is open to the public, industry and research community.


When: Wednesday, 29 September, 2010

Where: University of Sydney Plant Breeding Institute Narrabri, I.A. Watson Grains Research Centre, Newell Highway just north of Narrabri

Time: 9am-4pm

Refreshments and amenities will be available throughout the day at the field demonstration site. The program will conclude at 4pm and includes a barbeque lunch. Interested parties are invited to remain after lunch and participate in discussions and field inspections of crops of specific interest.

Further information about the field day can be obtained by phoning (02) 6799 2200 or visit events page.

Contact: Rachel Gleeson

Phone: 02 9351 4312

Email: 4102132e0a2a4602355154383938171d4a1e41201f5f2337021f564d