11/06/2009 - 00:00

$833,000 for UWA table grape project

11/06/2009 - 00:00


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RESEARCHERS at the University of Western Australia have been granted $833,000 to study the impact of climate on table grape production.

The project will attempt to future-proof the state's $24 million table grape industry by gaining knowledge of how climate affected a grape's development cycle, particularly flowering.

"What we're aiming to do is carry out basic research that will help growers achieve consistent production and expansion of table grapes and other temperate crop industries," UWA School of Plant Biology's Michael Considine said in a statement.

"Our research will identify regulators of those signals and lead towards better management practices to ensure industry viability and growth."

Funding of $583,000 has come from the Australian Research Council's Linkage Project, while $250,000 is from research partners the Department of Agriculture and Food WA and the Gascoyne Table Grape Growers Association.


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