Subtropical drought-resistant inbred maize


New drought-resistant maize

We collaborate with the Grains Research and Development Corporation to develop inbred maize that:

  • can be used to produce hybrids with superior yields under drought conditions
  • is versatile and suitable for gritting and food processing products.

Key adaptation features:

  • high grain yield under water-stressed conditions
  • good resistance to common and polysora rust.

Drought resistance in maize is important in Australia where crops are grown under rainfed conditions, such as in Central Queensland, the Burnett district around Kingaroy, the Darling Downs and the north-western areas of New South Wales.

Drought is also a factor in the dry tropics, where stress can occur:

  • towards the end of the wet season (e.g. in the Lakeland district)
  • intra-seasonally (e.g. in the Kaban district).

Inbred lines are available from the S4 generation and purchasers will have the opportunity to further exploit residual genetic variability and select inbreds for performance and appearance.

Licensing and royalties

The varieties are available to purchase on a non-exclusive basis. Price available on request.

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