CSIRO Plant Industry has developed a simple high-throughput testing system that accurately identifies wheat and barley varieties.
"Accurate identification of wheat and barley varieties provides assurance of quality for products that require different grain characteristics, like bread, noodles and beer," says Dr Kevin Gale, CSIRO Plant Industry. "This is vital in maintaining Australia’s export reputation in product standards." The variety ID system tests leaf or grain samples using a panel of DNA markers. Each marker gives a ’yes’ or ’no’ result. The pattern of results generates an individual ’bar code’ for each variety.
"Every wheat plant’s DNA is distinctive and we can use the results of an individual plant to match its barcode with a specified variety," says Dr Gale.
Bill Stephens | CSIRO
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