Research

Research

We invest heavily in research and development and partner with world-class researchers to ensure we continue to deliver industry breakthroughs, so our customers are always equipped with the latest in seed technology.

Research
Herbicide tolerant crops

Herbicide tolerant crops

We invest heavily in our own plant breeding programs, and also partner with other leading innovators to bring new technology to Australian farmers.

In 2018, we launched the world-first imidazolinone-tolerant grain sorghum hybrid that features our proprietary ‘igrowth’ trait. More igrowth hybrids will be released over the coming years.

In canola, our new TruFlex hybrids offer canola growers a wider spraying window, extending beyond the current six-leaf stage up to first flowering. We also offer a dual-herbicide tolerant non-GM canola hybrid combining Clearfield and Triazine Tolerant technologies – Hyola CT.

We continue to pursue new technologies that will bring greater flexibility to Australian growers.

Blackleg resistance

Blackleg resistance

In 2018, we invested in a state-of-the-art greenhouse at our headquarters in Toowoomba. We’ve been able to expand our genomic selection operations through an improved cooling system, innovative pot stand system, a safer working environment and an enhanced drip irrigation system.

The new greenhouse has allowed for an expansion of the breeding activity to deliver a range of benefits both to farmers and industry, including continued leadership in blackleg resistance and an expanded herbicide tolerance portfolio adapted to Australian growing conditions.

New and innovative plant varieties developed through genomics and big data analysis will play a key role in reducing the environmental impact associated with insecticide and herbicide use and improving crop yields now and in the future.

Climate change

Climate change

While the industry has been struggling with drought, Pacific Seeds has been investing in developing traits and exploring management techniques that can help deliver more dependable outcomes in these harsh environments.

Pacific Seeds is also engaged in sorghum heat tolerance research in collaboration with other industry bodies.  Pacific Seeds, the University of Queensland and Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries have together received $605,000 from the Australian Research Council for a project to look into identifying sorghum genes with improved heat tolerance and incorporating them into new varieties.

News

Discover the latest agronomic news and events from around Australia. Keep checking back in, as the next big innovation is always just around the corner.

Pacific Seeds recognises agents and growers at awards night

Pacific Seeds’ annual Agents and Industry Christmas Party has recognised some of the most outstanding rural retailers and growers on the Central and Southern Darling Downs. Rural retailer Pursehouse Rural won the big prize, taking home Agent of the Year for its service to the seed industry. Nick Park was at the event at the…

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Hyola hybrid canola offers superior blackleg resistance

Hyola hybrid triazine tolerant (TT) canola varieties are showing superior levels of blackleg resistance compared to commonly grown open pollinated (OP) TT varieties, according to the GRDC 2019 spring blackleg management guide. The industry publication assigns canola varieties one of nine blackleg ratings, from the highest rating of R (resistant) to the lowest rating of…

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Mark Donaldson Memorial Shield comes full circle

October 21, 2019 Respected Central Queensland farming award, the Mark Donaldson Memorial Shield, has come full circle in its ninth year, with Mark’s wife Kim and son Patrick Donaldson winning with their crop of sorghum. The shield honours respected Capella farmer Mark Donaldson, who died in a tragic accident at the family property in 2010….

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