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

Authors

T N. Khan

Keywords

Pisum sativum, Plant breeding, Breeding programmes, Western Australia

First Page Number

70

Last Page Number

73

Abstract

Field peas have grown dramatically in popularity in western Australia in the past five years, with the planted area increasing from a mere few hundred hectares to about 70,000 ha in 1988. This growth may continue, as more than 700,000 ha of agricultural land is potentially suitable for growing field peas.

However, any such growth of the pea industry will require new cultivars with improved yield, adaptation and quality characteristics to meet local and export demands. The Department of agriculture therefore decided to start a selection and breeding programme to support the pea industry.

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