The Australian process and involvement of extension in rice breeding and recommendations

Murray A.L., Lewin L.G.. 2002. The Australian process and involvement of extension in rice breeding and recommendations. In : Rice genetic resources and breeding for Europe and other temperate areas : proceedings of Eurorice 2001 Symposium, Cirad, Ird, Ksau, Krasnodar Territory, Vniirisa, September, 3-8, 2001, Krasnodar, Russia. CIRAD, IRD, KSAU, Krasnodar. Montpellier : CIRAD ISBN 2-87614-504-9 Eurorice 2001 Symposium, Krasnodar, Russie, 3 September 2001/8 September 2001.

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Abstract : Australian rice yields are relatively high but there are potential environmental and abiotic threats to the sustainability of the Australian rice cropping system. Avoiding long term threats to productivity, including cold, waterlogging, salinity, water pricing and availability, now lead to important breeding objectives. The Australian rice industry is highly structured and organised, with breeding objectives not developed by plant breeders alone. The district extension officers are integral within the organisational structure in providing a communication conduit between the farmers, community and researchers. This system facilitates commercial evaluation and promotion of varieties prior to release. This is important in providing breeders with accurate, commercial information, to tune breeding objectives in Australia. The feedback system is fostered through pre-season meetings, followed by rice discussion group meetings held strategically during the growing season. These are powerful tools to draw out important commercial observations, issues and experience gathered throughout the season. Regularity of discussion enables ¿check¿ systems to be practiced, trends established and identified through Ricecheck and feedback links to breeders utilised. Breeding objectives for the Australian rice industry are not developed exclusively by the breeders. The practiced feedback tool of meetings and discussion groups facilitated by district extension officers ensure joint participation of farmers and the rice community, in creating the direction of varietal research for the entire industry. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Oryza, Amélioration des plantes, Vulgarisation, Organisation de la recherche

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Australie

Classification Agris : F30 - Plant genetics and breeding
A50 - Agricultural research

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Murray A.L., NSW Agriculture (AUS)
  • Lewin L.G., Yanco Agricultural Institute (AUS)

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