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Protocols in ecological and environmental plant physiology


Crop & Pasture Science is a highly cited and prestigious journal publishing original research on advances in plant sciences, sustainable farming systems, and food quality. More

Editors-in-Chief: Sergio Atienza and Zed Rengel


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Published online 03 September 2015
Selenium characterisation of the Portuguese bread-wheat archival collection 
Catarina Galinha, Adriano M. G. Pacheco, Maria do Carmo Freitas, Ana Rita P. Costa, Nuno M. B. Pinheiro, Benvindo Maçãs, Ana Sofia Almeida and Hubert T. Wolterbeek

An archival collection of Portuguese wheat varieties has been tested for selenium (Se) levels among its 48 cultivars of bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Total Se in mature grains was determined by cyclic neutron activation analysis. Results show significant differences in Se accumulation between cultivars, not necessarily related only to soil features. Best candidates for an improvement of Se contents through breeding are cvv. Ideal, Ribeiro (b) and Ribeiro (a).

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Published online 14 August 2015
Sequential zinc and iron biofortification of bread-wheat grains: from controlled to uncontrolled environments 
Fernando C. Lidon, Ana S. Almeida, Ana R. Costa, Ana S. Bagulho, Paula Scotti-Campos, José N. Semedo, Benvindo Maçãs, José Coutinho, Nuno Pinheiro, Conceição Gomes, António E. Leitão, Isabel P. Pais, Maria M. Silva, Fernando H. Reboredo, Maria F. Pessoa and José C. Ramalho

A 10- and 4-fold biofortification of bread wheat grains in Zn and Fe was carried out under controlled-environment conditions. Under field conditions without Zn and Fe, these grains kept enhanced levels without reaching the threshold of toxicity and with negligible modifications to grain texture and nutritional value.

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Published online 14 August 2015
Effect of the maize–soybean intercropping system on the potential bioavailability of magnesium, iron and zinc 
Vesna Dragicevic, Snezana Oljaca, Milovan Stojiljkovic, Milena Simic, Zeljko Dolijanovic and Natalija Kravic

Different cropping practices affect absorption and accumulation of mineral elements in grain and consequently nutritional quality of the food produced. Intercropping of maize and soybean, in combination with microbiological and organic fertilisers, had positive impact on grain yield, as well as on Mg, Fe and Zn accumulation in grain. These cropping systems could serve as measure for increased yield and nutritional quality of maize and soybean grain.

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Published online 30 July 2015
Identifying water-responsive and drought-tolerant chickpea genotypes 
Aladdin Hamwieh and Muhammad Imtiaz

This research aims to quantify the responses of drought-tolerant genotypes of chickpea to water availability under three irrigation regimes. Sixteen genotypes of chickpea were tested and ten genotypes performed better under 30% of and full supplemental irrigation. Three genotypes are recommended for the national programs of Mediterranean countries as being drought-tolerant and especially responsive to water.

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Published online 10 July 2015
Phylogenetic effects on shoot magnesium concentration 
Philip J. White, Helen C. Bowen, Emily Farley, Emma K. Shaw, Jacqueline A. Thompson, Gladys Wright and Martin R. Broadley

Knowledge of the concentrations of magnesium (Mg) in crops and pastures can help in formulation of appropriate human and animal diets. Ancient evolutionary processes have resulted in large differences in shoot Mg concentrations between plant species. This paper reports that the peculiarly high shoot Mg concentrations found in species of the Caryophyllales order, such as the amaranths, buckwheats and beets, evolved in an ancient ancestor of all the Caryophyllales families.

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Published online 14 April 2015
Saline water irrigation of quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) under Mediterranean conditions 
Attila Yazar, Çigdem Incekaya, S. Metin Sezen and Sven-Erik Jacobsen

Irrigation and evapotranspiration, grain yield, aboveground biomass yield and harvest index were evaluated under fresh and saline water regimes. Different parameters, such as water productivity and irrigation water productivity, yield components, leaf area index and plant height, were studied to assess quinoa’s growth and yield. Grain yields were slightly reduced by irrigation water salinity compared with fresh water irrigation. Results showed that quinoa can be irrigated with saline water with EC level up to 30 dS m–1 with acceptable yields in the semi-arid and arid regions of the Mediterranean Basin.

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Volume 66 Number 9 2015

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Assessing the place and role of crop simulation modelling in Australia 
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M. J. Robertson , G. J. Rebetzke and R. M. Norton
pp. 877-893

Computer-based crop simulation models are well entrenched as tools for a wide variety of research, development and extension applications in Australia. While widely used in the agronomic domain, with documented demonstrable impacts on farm and research practice, models are used little to assist plant breeding activities, despite optimism for their potential. The updating of both plant and soil process routines in the models has slowed and we identify scientific limitations to future use that must be overcome to facilitate future progress.


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1Sl(1B) Chromosome substitution in Chinese Spring wheat promotes starch granule development and starch biosynthesis 
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Min Cao , Guanxing Chen , Chang Wang , Shoumin Zhen , Xiaohui Li , Wenying Zhang , F. J. Zeller , S. L. K. Hsam , Yingkao Hu and Yueming Yan
pp. 894-903

1Sl(1B) Chromosome substitution can significantly increase amylopectin and total starch contents, and results in higher amount of A-type starch granules and greater diameter of both A- and B-granules. Some key genes involved in starch biosynthesis displayed higher transcriptional expression levels in the substitution iine.1Sl chromosome carries important genes involved in starch granule development and starch biosynthesis, indicating its potential for improvement of wheat starch quality.

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Drought-induced changes in the accumulation of boiling-soluble proteins (p40, GST, HSP90) in the grains of drought-tolerant and drought-sensitive cultivars of Triticum aestivum 
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Gurmeen Rakhra , Arun Dev Sharma and Jatinder Singh
pp. 904-911

This study aims to identify the possible biochemical markers in the form of boiling soluble proteins for making drought-tolerant high yielding crops. The induced, enhanced and differential expression of boiling-soluble proteins (Bsp40, BsHSP, BsGST) under drought in the tolerant cv. PBW 175 suggests the relevance of these BSPs in conferring drought tolerance to the cv. PBW 175.


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Lutein esterification in wheat endosperm is controlled by the homoeologous group 7, and is increased by the simultaneous presence of chromosomes 7D and 7Hch from Hordeum chilense 
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M. G. Mattera , A. Cabrera , D. Hornero-Méndez and S. G. Atienza
pp. 912-921

Introgression of Phytoene synthase 1 from Hordeum chilense into wheat increases seed carotenoid content. The simultaneous presence of chromosomes 7Hch and 7D increased lutein diesters content which indicates the existence of genes involved in the esterification of xanthophylls in both chromosomes. The results suggest that 7Hch genes preferentially esterify lutein with palmitic acid, whereas 7D is either indifferent to the fatty acid or it prefers linoleic acid for lutein esterification.


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Effects of high temperature at anthesis on spikelet fertility and grain weight in relation to floral positions within a panicle of rice (Oryza sativa L.) 
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Zhen-Zhen Cao , Qian Zhao , Fu-Deng Huang , Ke-Su Wei , Syed-Hassan-Raza Zaidi , Wei-Jun Zhou and Fang-Min Cheng
pp. 922-929

HT at anthesis had more adverse impacts on spikelet fertility than grain weight, and change in spikelet fertility induced by HT was more notable than that caused by different grain positions. Positional differences in spikelet fertility and grain weight under the HT regime were closely associated with the duration of HT exposure, in addition to differences in competing ability for supply of assimilates after successful fertilisation.

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Identification of glyphosate-resistant Lolium rigidum and Raphanus raphanistrum populations within the first Western Australian plantings of transgenic glyphosate-resistant canola 
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Michael B. Ashworth , Michael J. Walsh , Ken C. Flower and Stephen B. Powles
pp. 930-937

Surveys of the first transgenic glyphosate-resistant canola crops grown in the Western Australian grainbelt (2010, 2011) were conducted to obtain baseline data regarding the glyphosate-resistance status of weed species following the exclusive use of glyphosate for weed control. These surveys identified glyphosate resistance in one wild radish population and eight annual ryegrass populations. There was no evidence of glyphosate resistance in barley grass, brome grass, wild oat, capeweed or small-flowered mallow.


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Controlling redlegged earth mite, Halotydeus destructor (Acari: Penthaleidae), with a spring spray in legume pastures 
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T. J. Ridsdill-Smith and C. C. Pavri
pp. 938-946

Emergence of redlegged earth mite (RLEM) in autumn was reduced by from 93-97% in legume pastures of southern Australia by a critically-timed spring spray. Blue oat mite and lucerne flea were not affected. RLEM control was greater, and subterranean clover seedling numbers were reduced more by the mites at sites in the west, probably because the summers were hotter and drier, than in the east.’


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Statistical methods for analysis of multi-harvest data from perennial pasture variety selection trials 
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Joanne De Faveri , Arūnas P. Verbyla , Wayne S. Pitchford , Shoba Venkatanagappa and Brian R. Cullis
pp. 947-962

Variety selection in perennial pasture crops involves identifying best varieties from multiple harvest times in field trials. This paper presents a statistical analysis approach which models variety by harvest effects while accounting for the spatial and temporal correlation between observations. These methods provide an improvement compared to separate analyses for each harvest, and provide insight into variety by harvest interactions. The approach is illustrated using a lucerne variety selection trial.


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Application of GGE biplot to analyse stability of Iranian tall fescue (Lolium arundinaceum) genotypes 
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M. R. Dehghani , M. M. Majidi , G. Saeidi , A. Mirlohi , R. Amiri and B. Sorkhilalehloo
pp. 963-972

This research was carried out to determine stable genotypes and investigate genotype × environment interaction (GE) effects on the forage yields of 24 tall fescue genotypes across 14 test environments. The GGE biplot method was used to evaluate the phenotypic stability of forage yield in the studied genotypes. The results demonstrated the efficiency of the GGE biplot technique for selecting genotypes that are stable, high yielding, and responsive.


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Variance, inter-trait correlation, heritability and trait-marker association of herbage yield, nutritive values, and morphological characteristics in Italian ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum Lam.) 
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J. Wang , N. O. I. Cogan , L. W. Pembleton and J. W. Forster
pp. 973-984

Italian ryegrass is an important temperate pasture grass. Measurements of agronomically important characters such as herbage yield, nutritive quality and plant morphology were made, and analysed to determine the extent of variation, correlation between traits, and levels of genetic heritability. In addition, associations between molecular genetic markers and genomic regions controlling key traits were identified, providing essential information for breeding improvement of this species.

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Broadleaf weed control in irrigated pasture containing Trifolium repens 
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Josh S. Davy , Betsy M. Karle , Guy B. Kyser , Joseph M. DiTomaso and Mathew J. Rinella
pp. 985-991

We evaluated herbicide control of broadleaf weeds in irrigated pastures containing Trifolium repens. Differing rates and herbicide combinations are discussed. Based on our findings, we recommend 2,4-D + triclopyr where desirable legumes are absent. Cover of grasses was not affected by any broadleaf weed treatments. Where desirable legumes are present, we recommend 2,4-D alone.


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These articles have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication. They are still in production and have not been edited, so may differ from the final published form.

    CP15069  Accepted 01 September 2015
    Timing and rates of nitrogen fertilizer application on seed yield, quality and nitrogen use efficiency of Canola
    Baoluo Ma, Aruna Herath

    CP15200  Accepted 26 August 2015
    Association mapping of winter hardiness and yield traits in winter faba bean (Vicia faba L.)
    Ahmed Sallam, Arun Dhanapal, Siyang Liu

    CP15149  Accepted 25 August 2015
    Identification of QTL for agronomic traits contributed by a barley Mediterranean landrace
    Ridha Boudiar, Ana Casas, Carlos Cantalapiedra, Pilar Gracia, Ernesto Igartua

    CP15134  Accepted 17 August 2015
    Screening for drought tolerant genotypes in Brachypodium distachyon by means of thermographic imaging
    M Ruiz, Miguel Quemada, Rosa Garcia, Jose Carrillo, Elena Benavente

    CP15110  Accepted 17 August 2015
    Beneficial soil microbe promotes seed germination, plant growth and photosynthesis in herbal crop Codonopsis pilosula
    Yong-Na Wu, Yu-Lan Feng, Paul W. Paré, Ying Chen, Rui Xu, Shan Wu, Suomin Wang, Qi Zhao, Hui-Ru Li, Yin-Quan Wang, Jinlin Zhang

    CP15073  Accepted 12 August 2015
    Genotype resistance, inoculum source and environment directly influence Stemphylium grey leaf spot development and yield loss in narrow-leafed lupin (Lupinus angustifolius)
    Arbab Ahmad, Geoff Thomas, Susan Barker, William MacLeod

    CP14370  Accepted 03 August 2015
    Dynamics of phosphorus fractions in the rhizosphere of fababean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) and maize (Zea mays L.) grown in calcareous and acid soils
    Guohua Li, Haigang Li, Peter Leffelaar, Jianbo Shen, Fusuo Zhang

    CP15191  Accepted 31 July 2015
    The Chinese bread wheat cultivar Xiaoyanmai 7 harbours genes encoding a pair of novel high molecular weight glutenin subunits inherited from cereal rye
    Bo Feng, Francesco Sestili, Stefania Masci, Benedetta Margiotta, Zhibin Xu, Zujun Yang, Chao Xiang, Chunhong Zhou, Domenico Lafiandra, Tao Wang

    CP14300  Accepted 30 July 2015
    Boron deficiency in pasture based on subterranean clover (Trifolium subterraneum L.) is linked to symbiotic malfunction
    Leo Hamilton, Kevin Reed, Elainne Leach, John Brockwell

    CP15097  Accepted 20 July 2015
    Soil compaction and controlled traffic considerations in Australian cotton farming systems
    Diogenes Antille, John Bennett, Troy Jensen

    CP15072  Accepted 21 July 2015
    Importance of Plant Sources of Magnesium for Human Health
    Forrest Nielsen

    CP14226  Accepted 17 July 2015
    Evaluation of faba bean breeding lines for spectral indices, yield traits and yield stability under diverse environments.
    Fouad Maalouf, Miloudi Nachit, Michel Ghanem, Murari Singh

    CP15029  Accepted 13 July 2015
    Mapping spatial variability of leaf nutrient status of oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.) plantations in India
    Sanjib Behera, K Suresh, Ramachandrudu K, K Manorama, B Rao

    CP14280  Accepted 08 July 2015
    Effect of phenotypic recurrent selection on genetic diversity of non dormant multifoliolate alfalfa populations
    Ariel Odorizzi, Eva Mamaní, Pablo Sipowicz, Bernadette Julier, Jorge Gieco, Daniel Basigalup

    CP15129  Accepted 05 July 2015
    Adaptation of wheat, barley, canola, pea and chickpea to the thermal environments of Australia
    Victor Sadras, Fernanda Dreccer

    CP15068  Accepted 01 July 2015
    Agronomic benefits and risks associated with the irrigated peanut-maize production system under a changing climate in northern Australia
    Yash Chauhan, Peter Thorburn, Jody Biggs, Graeme Wright

    CP15009  Accepted 28 June 2015
    Gabriela Siqueira, Johann Pierre, Anne El Tahchy, Donna Glassop, Surinder Singh, Graham Bonnett, Anne Rae

    CP15013  Accepted 12 June 2015
    Morphological, physiological and yield responses of durum wheat to pre-anthesis water deficit stress are genotype-dependent
    Haipei Liu, Iain Searle, Diane Mather, Amanda Able, Jason Able

    CP15096  Accepted 10 June 2015
    Global magnesium (Mg) supply in the food chain
    Diriba Kumssa, Edward Joy, E Ander, Michael Watts, Scott Young, Andrea Rosanoff, Philip White, Sue Walker, Martin Broadley

    CP14337  Accepted 07 June 2015
    Development and validation of protocols for product stewardship in transgenic white clover (Trifolium repens L.): Detection of the AMV CP and npt2 transgenes in seeds, herbage and hay.
    Stephen Panter, Aidyn Mouradov, Kevin Smith, German Spangenberg

    CP15122  Accepted 01 June 2015
    Patterns in non-structural carbohydrate and nitrogen reserves in chicory (Cichorium intybus L.) and plantain (Plantago lanceolata L.) during regrowth in summer
    Julia Lee, Elena Minnee, Cameron Clark

    CP14321  Accepted 29 May 2015
    Impacts of endophyte infection of ryegrass on rhizosphere metabolome and microbial community
    Steven Wakelin, Scott Harrison, Carolyn Mander, Bryony Dignam, Susanne Rasmussen, Sean Monk, Karl Fraser, Maureen O'Callaghan

    CP15063  Accepted 18 May 2015
    Multiple herbicide resistant wild radish (Raphanus raphanistrum) populations dominate Western Australian cropping fields
    Mechelle Owen, Neree Martinez, Stephen Powles

    CP14332  Accepted 18 May 2015
    Discovery and characterisation of novel asexual Epichloë endophytes from perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.)
    Jatinder Kaur, Piyumi Ekanayake, Pei Tian, Eline van Zijll de Jong, Mark Dobrowolski, Simone Rochfort, Ross Mann, Kevin Smith, John Forster, Kathryn Guthridge, German Spangenberg

    CP15077  Accepted 08 May 2015
    Nitrogen uptake efficiency (15N) of maize in monoculture and in intercroppings with Brachiaria humidicola and Panicum maximum cv. Aruana in a dystrophic Red Yellow Latosol of the Brazilian Cerrado
    Thais Coser, Maria Lucrecia Ramos, Cícero Figueiredo, Segundo Urquiaga, Arminda Carvalho, Filipe Barros, Maria Thereza Mendonça

    CP14342  Accepted 06 May 2015
    In search of photosensitising compounds in the annual forage legume Biserrula pelecinus L.
    Ewald Swinny, Clinton Revell, Neil Campbell, Edward Spadek, Charles Russo

    CP14179  Accepted 29 April 2015
    Pasture mixes with lucerne increase yields and water use efficiencies over traditional pastures based on subterranean clover
    Malcolm McCaskill, Margaret Raeside, Steve Clark, Caroline MacDonald, Bronwyn Clark, Debra Partington

    CP15065  Accepted 24 April 2015
    Assessment of smart irrigation controllers under subsurface and drip irrigation systems for tomato yield in arid regions
    Mohamed Said El Marazky, Hussein Al-Ghobari, Fawzi Mohammad

    CP14227  Accepted 18 November 2014
    How do glycine and histidine in nutrient solution affect zinc uptake and root-to-shoot translocation by wheat and triticale?
    Kianoush Khodamoradi, Amir Hossen Khoshgoftarmanesh, Neda Dalir, Majid Afyuni, Rainer Schulin

    CP14218  Accepted 12 November 2014
    Selenium fortification of hydroponically grown corn salad
    Nicola Tomasi, Roberto Pinton, Stefano Gottardi, Tanja Mimmo, Matteo Scampicchio, Stefano Cesco

    CP13382  Accepted 22 November 2013
    Forage Breeding for Changing Environments and Production Systems – an Overview of ISFB 2013
    Kevin Smith, German Spangenberg

    CP13154  Accepted 08 June 2013
    Effect of Irrigation Regimes on Spring Seeding of Canola Cultivars under Semi-Arid and High Elevation Conditions
    Jamshid Razmjoo, Seyed Eatesam Ghaemmaghami

    CP13156  Accepted 14 May 2013
    The career and contribution to Australian and International Agricultural Science of Clive McDonald Francis: An introduction
    Mike Ewing, David Chatel, Michael Poole, William Collins


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1. Published 30 October 2014
Genomic selection in crops, trees and forages: a review

Z. Lin, B. J. Hayes and H. D. Daetwyler

2. Published 29 April 2015
Yield and water-use efficiency of wheat in a high-rainfall environment

Tina Botwright Acuña, Shaun Lisson, Peter Johnson and Geoff Dean

3. Published 29 January 2015
Methane in Australian agriculture: current emissions, sources and sinks, and potential mitigation strategies

Damien Finn, Ram Dalal and Athol Klieve

4. Published 29 May 2015
Break crops and rotations for wheat

J. F. Angus, J. A. Kirkegaard, J. R. Hunt, M. H. Ryan, L. Ohlander and M. B. Peoples

5. Published 12 September 2014
Viruses of New Zealand pasture grasses and legumes: a review

P. L. Guy

6. Published 7 October 2014
Developing the role of perennial forages for crop–livestock farms: a strategic multi-disciplinary approach

Rick S. Llewellyn, Michael J. Robertson, Richard C. Hayes, David Ferris, Katrien Descheemaeker and Clinton Revell

7. Published 30 October 2014
Resources and strategies for implementation of genomic selection in breeding of forage species

J. W. Forster, M. L. Hand, N. O. I. Cogan, B. J. Hayes, German C. Spangenberg and K. F. Smith

8. Published 30 October 2014
Progress in developing perennial wheats for grain and grazing

Philip J. Larkin, Matthew T. Newell, Richard C. Hayes, Jesmin Aktar, Mark R. Norton, Sergio J. Moroni and Len J. Wade

9. Published 29 April 2015
Responses to phosphorus among wheat genotypes

Glenn McDonald, William Bovill, Julian Taylor and Robert Wheeler

10. Published 31 March 2015
Effects of grazing on crop crown temperature: implications for phenology

Matthew T. Harrison, Walter M. Kelman and Jim M. Virgona

11. Published 12 September 2014
Tolerance to ion toxicities enhances wheat grain yield in acid soils prone to drought and transient waterlogging

Hossein Khabaz-Saberi, Susan J. Barker and Zed Rengel

12. Published 19 November 2014
Simulating forage production of Marandu palisade grass (Brachiaria brizantha) with the CROPGRO-Perennial Forage model

Diego N. L. Pequeno, Carlos G. S. Pedreira and Kenneth J. Boote

13. Published 29 January 2015
Use of functional traits to identify Australian forage grasses, legumes and shrubs for domestication and use in pastoral areas under a changing climate

M. L. Mitchell, H. C. Norman and R. D. B. Whalley

14. Published 19 November 2014
Use of remote sensing to determine the relationship of early vigour to grain yield in canola (Brassica napus L.) germplasm

R. B. Cowley, D. J. Luckett, J. S. Moroni and S. Diffey

15. Published 19 November 2014
Opportunities and challenges for improved management of foliar pathogens in annual clover pastures across southern Australia

M. J. Barbetti and M. P. You

16. Published 30 October 2014
Trifolium interspecific hybridisation: widening the white clover gene pool

W. M. Williams

17. Published 31 July 2015
Can wheat varietal mixtures buffer the impacts of water deficit?

Paul Adu-Gyamfi, Tariq Mahmood and Richard Trethowan

18. Published 10 March 2015
Growth and yield responses in wheat and barley to potassium supply under drought or moderately saline conditions in the south-west of Western Australia

Qifu Ma, Richard Bell, Craig Scanlan, Gavin Sarre and Ross Brennan

19. Published 30 October 2014
Evaluation and breeding of tedera for Mediterranean climates in southern Australia

D. Real, C. M. Oldham, M. N. Nelson, J. Croser, M. Castello, A. Verbyla, A. Pradhan, A. Van Burgel, P. Méndez, E. Correal, N. L. Teakle, C. K. Revell and M. A. Ewing

20. Published 7 October 2014
Summer-growing perennial grasses are a potential new feed source in the low rainfall environment of southern Australia

Katrien Descheemaeker, Rick Llewellyn, Andrew Moore and Anthony Whitbread

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