Ground Cover Supplement : GC Supplement - International collaboration
GROUND COVER INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION SKILLS 12 crops," explains Monika Lulsdorf, who is a research scientist with the Crop Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. Her position is supported by the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers Association. Dr Lulsdorf has been collaborating with Australian researcher Dr Janine Croser for more than 10 years. Together their research teams are developing germplasm to accelerate the release of superior pulse varieties. "Janine's PhD thesis was on developing double- haploid technology for chickpeas and I was expanding the pulse double-haploid program in Saskatchewan, so I hired Janine to join our team in Canada." Dr Croser is now research assistant professor at UWA and leader of the GRDC project 'Biotechnology tools to accelerate lupin and lentil improvement'. However, a period of parental leave left her position vacant. With support from UWA and a GRDC visiting fellowship, Dr Lulsdorf has taken the opportunity to fill Dr Croser's position and work face to face with colleagues in the Australian laboratory. "Working in Australia gives me the opportunity to focus on the progress made by Janine's research group and to work on new species POOLED RESOURCES FOR PULSE PROGRESS Moving between countries and laboratories helps provide understanding of techniques and industry requirements COUNTRIES Canada, France IN ORDER TO MAKE PROGRESS IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT RESEARCHERS IN THIS AREA WORK TOGETHER. BIOTECHNOLOGY SUCH AS double haploids has helped rapidly develop new varieties of the world's major grains, such as wheat and canola. The rate of development in pulse crops has been slower, partly because pulses are more difficult to work with, but also because global investment in pulse development is relatively small compared with the major grains. Indeed, there are only three laboratories in the world that develop and use techniques to achieve rapid generation turnover in pulse breeding. These are located at Dijon in France, Saskatoon in Canada and at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Not only is there a small number of laboratories but the researchers involved work on multiple technologies and pulse crops, for example, chickpeas, lentils, field peas, faba beans and lupins. Biotechnologists supporting cereal breeding tend to work on a single species. "I know very few researchers who work on developing three different technologies and on wheat, barley and oats at the same time, but for pulses we can be working on four or five different Travel fellowship leads to long-term collaboration Moving between countries and laboratories helps provide understanding of techniques and industry requirements RESEARCHERS AT THE International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) in Syria have been long-term collaborators in Australian pulse-improvement programs. As well as providing germplasm, ICARDA has provided outstanding contacts with research programs in the Mediterranean regions and well- equipped laboratories run by experienced staff. Australian-based plant pathologist Joop van Leur, from the NSW Department of Primary Industries, and plant virologist Dr Angela Freeman, from the Victorian Department of Primary Industries, have formed a long-standing association with Dr Safaa Kumari, plant virologist at ICARDA. Dr Safaa Kumari (third from left) and colleagues at ICARDA during a visit from Australian-based plant pathologist Joop van Leur (centre).
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