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 wheat program boosted by an expert recruit

Wheat breeding in Western Australia has just received a boost with a molecular breeding expert from South Africa recently joining specialist seed breeding company LongReach Plant Breeders. WA farmers produce 15 per cent or $8.6 billion of Australia’s $59b agricultural production according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARES) with 65pc of…

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Blowhard farmer grows huge crop of Hyola 970CL canola

A farmer near Ballarat has grown a huge crop of canola weighing in at 3.6 tonnes per hectare. Graeme Ford, who farms ‘Braemanya’ at Blowhard, harvested the impressive crop of Hyola 970CL in January.  It also produced an oil content of 48 per cent. “It was the best yielding crop of canola I have ever…

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Tourello farmer grows monster crop of Hyola 970CL canola

A farmer near Clunes has grown a monster crop of canola weighing in at 3.75 tonnes per hectare. Steve Kinnersly, who farms ‘Boovando’ at Tourello, harvested the impressive crop of Hyola 970CL in late-December. Mr Kinnersly, who mainly grows wheat and canola in rotation for weed management and profitability, said it was his first time…

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