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Grains scholarships boost scientific excellence

WA Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan has presented three young scientists with postgraduate scholarships to pursue research that will give the Western Australian grains industry a competitive edge.

The four-year scholarships, valued at $190,000 each, have been provided by the WA Government as an investment in the scientific capacity and future innovation in the WA grains industry:

  • Xin Du (Murdoch University) – supporting grains market access by demonstrating how synthetic amorphous silica works to kill grains insects resistant to phosphine;
  • Leon Hodgson (Curtin University’s Centre for Crop and Disease Management) – reducing yield losses in barley caused by fungicide resistance in the disease net blotch; and
  • Brenton Leske (The University of Western Australia) – improving frost tolerance in wheat by generating a better understanding of the plant’s physiological response to frost.

The WA Department of Agriculture and Food will provide work-based mentors, scientific guidance and access to extensive field and laboratory resources to the recipients.

Source: WA Government

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