Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Wheat Improvement

Wheat is one of Australia’s major crops with around 22 million tonnes of Australian wheat entering the world market each year, at a value of $6 billion per year for the Australian economy.

As China is one of the world’s largest food importers in the world, the Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Wheat Improvement will increase Australian wheat marketability in China by improving the quality attributes for producing Chinese domestic food products.

The Centre will identify grain quality attributes by characterising and cataloguing grain proteins (the key determinants of grain quality). This will enable Australian-grown wheat to better penetrate the Chinese speciality product market and to increase wheat yield through genetic, molecular marker and bioinformatics technologies. Activities will include joint research, staff and student exchanges and research outputs (publications, evaluation systems for Chinese food products, and patents).

Economic, environmental and social benefits

  • Improved wheat cultivar selection in Western Australia and China to better match varieties grown for food, particularly noodles, processing in China
  • Grain quality forecasting tools that will improve the agronomic management and strategic marketing of high quality grains
  • New wheat cultivars with superior grain quality
  • Genetic resources for new wheat cultivars that are adapted to regional specific conditions
  • Increased food security through improved supply consistency of high quality wheat products

Partners

Lead Australian partner: Murdoch University.

Lead Chinese Partner: The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

Other partners:

  • Department of Agriculture and Food and Australia Export Grain Innovation Centre, Western Australia
  • FBFD Pty Ltd
  • Henan Academy of Agricultural Sciences
  • Shangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences
  • Capital Normal University.
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