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New Large Seeded Red Lentil Variety

SYDNEY - Sep 22/20 - SNS -- Agriculture Victoria will release its first large sized herbicide tolerant red lentil variety next year.

Named PBA Kelpie XT, the developers say it is has a 6% to 29% long-term yield advantage over PBA Hurricane XT. It is an early to mid-flowering and maturity variety with provisional, disease ratings of moderately resistant/moderately susceptible to ascochyta and resistant/moderately resistant to BGM.

PBA Kelpie XT will be marketed and managed by Seednet, who will produce the variety in commercial quantities for lentil growers. It is adapted to most lentil growing regions in Australia and its herbicide tolerance will help farmers manage weeds efficiently.

Developed by conventional plant breeding techniques, PBA Kelpie XT is the fifth herbicide tolerant lentil variety bred by Agriculture Victoria scientists. It was developed under the Pulse Breeding Australia (PBA) initiative and the suffix XT (for extra tough) denotes its tolerance to group B herbicides.

Agriculture Victoria Research Scientist Dr Arun Shunmugam said it was bred with selections developed from a cross between PBA Blitz and an experimental line and it features a large grey seed coat with red cotyledon and should be suitable for both export and domestic markets.

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