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Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4

Authors

G H. Walton

Keywords

Field Peas, Pisum sativum, Plant breeding, Breeding programmes, Western Australia

First Page Number

67

Last Page Number

69

Abstract

The early use of field peas in Western Australia was as a green manure crop or to feed stock be grazing the mature crop. Varieties which produced a large bulk of green material were sown. There was no control over insects or diseases.

In 1985, the Feseral Government recognised that to realize the potential of grain legumes grown throughout Australia, more research was needed.

One of the Grain Legume Research Council's (GLRC) priorities is species evaluation and variety improvement.

Since 1983, the Western Australian Department of Agriculture has screened advanced crossbred lines from the South Australian breeding programme for its own use.

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