The first new strain of the wheat disease stripe rust for seven years was identified last year in samples from Victoria.
Seed banks across the globe provide a backbone for world agriculture, allowing access to a diverse range of genetic material.
Australian wild relatives of cultivated crops could feature in commercial varieties in as little as ten years.
They are the scourge of Aussie croppers, but the humble snail is also big business due to growing global demand for snail meat.
Want to get some perspective on the size of the Chinese beer industry? Put it this way, they drink 18,280 Olympic pools of the stuff a year.
Bayer will be required to divest its seeds business, including a canola breeding centre in Horsham, as part of its purchase of Monsanto.
It sounds fanciful, but could hay from WA's remote Ord River region be road freighted to Katherine and then railed to southern centres?
Novel genetic material from a Japanese barley variety is providing breeders with genes resistant to problem fungal diseases.