October 26, 2006
Significant genetic improvements
have been made in Western Australia narrow leafed lupins since
the 1970s, but challenges still lay ahead, according to
Department of Agriculture
and Food lupin breeder Dr Bevan Buirchell.
He told the recent GRDC
supported Australian Agronomy Conference in Perth that herbicide
resistant weeds and competition from increased global soybean
production were major challenges confronting Western Australia's
Dr Buirchell said research on more herbicide tolerant varieties
would continue, as would a focus on thinning lupin hulls, which
made up 25 per cent of the lupin and had to be removed for
The unique dietary fibre and antioxidant components of lupins
could also be exploited.
"Improvements in grain quality are achievable within limits, but
how much this can benefit the industry depends on how well we
interpret market signals from sectors likely to pay premiums,"