A new niche cereal may offer on-farm diversification that mitigates risks associated with climate variability
Shapter, FM, Chivers, IH & Henry, RJ 2010, 'A new niche cereal may offer on-farm diversification that mitigates risks associated with climate variability', paper presented to the From passion to profit: New Rural Industries Australia Conference, Gold Coast, Qld, 28-30 November.
An Australian native grass, Microlaena stipoides, has been targeted for accelerated domestication utilising a combination of mutation breeding and high throughput genomics. In its natural environment, ecotypes of M .stipoides have shown tolerances to a suite of Australia's environmental challenges including drought, frost, shade, salinity and acid soil. M .stipoides is a perennial species with high water use efficiency and once established becomes a zero-till crop.