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AUS: Investing in Avocados

AUS: Investing in Avocados

Horticulture researcher Dr. Alice Hayward received the highest recognition during the 2015 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, taking home the Minister’s Award and the Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) Award. Dr. Hayward, from Neena Mitter’s research team at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation at the University of Queensland, was one of 11 recipients recognised for their contribution to progressing research across rural industries. Using the prize money, Dr. Harward says she aims to produce a public draft genome of the Hass avocado variety. “This work will significantly boost our current research into clonal avocado propagation and disease control,” she says. “We will also apply the latest genomic technologies to fighting root-rot disease, which is a major disease threat to the Australian avocado industry.” Finding genes that improve avocados’ resilience to diseases will potentially help save growers years in breeding new avocado varieties. (Source: getresearch.com.au)