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Crown Rot - Part A: Improved phenotyping for crown rot resistance and tolerance in cereals

All documents and information available on the GRDC Website (see weblink). Contact: Cindy Hall

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PROC-9176204
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Grains Research and Development Corporation
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70140000 - Crop production and management and protection
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3-Jun-2020 2:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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23-Apr-2020
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ACT, NSW, VIC, SA, WA, QLD, NT, TAS
Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart
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Request for Tender

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For full details of this ATM and any associated documents visit: 

https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/current-procurement/open-tenders/addressing-the-constraints-to-genetic-improvement-of-crown-rot-resistance-and-tolerance-in-wheat

DESCRIPTION

There are two contributing projects for the 'Addressing the constraints to genetic improvement of crown rot resistance and tolerance in wheat' Request for Tender (Part A and Part B). Each project is to be applied for separately. Applicants can apply for one or both projects.

Part A – Improved phenotyping for crown rot resistance and tolerance in cereals.

The available methodology for phenotypic screening for resistance (scoring of stem browning) is very slow, labour intensive, subjective and requires significant training. Currently there is no method for high throughput field phenotyping for either resistance or tolerance. Phenotyping technologies have progressed rapidly in the last decade with new sensors, image analysis techniques and analytical methods making challenging tasks, like phenotyping crown rot, feasible. This tender is a four-year investment for the development of an innovative crown rot phenotyping methodologyfor cereals that has increased throughput, scalability, repeatability and significantly reduced costs in comparison to the current phenotyping methods. The new methodology will then be applied to better understand the relationship between resistance scores, disease load and yield loss in key environments. It is expected that the successful applicant will propose a multi-disciplinary approach with potential inputs from fields such as phenomics, pathology, agronomy, biometrics, plant physiology, modelling, machine learning and plant breeding. The tender is open to public and private-public partnerships.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

By 2032, growers are less exposed to yield loss from crown rot through access to new high yielding bread wheat varieties with an increase in resistance from moderately susceptible to moderately resistant and reduced yield loss under crown rot pressure by more than 7%.

Intermediate outcome: By 2025, Australian wheat breeders have access to an increase in fundamental knowledge of the relationship between resistance, disease load within the plant and yield; improved phenotyping tools to track crown rot resistance and tolerance sources through their breeding programs; and access to novel targeted genetic solutions to crown rot control. 

This outcome will be achieved by two contributing projects:

Part A –Improved phenotyping for crown rot resistance and tolerance in cereals.

Part B –Improved crown rot genetic resistance and tolerance through targeted genetics in bread wheat.

EXPECTED OUTPUTS

  1. By 2023, accurate field-based methods for screening for disease load and yield penalty of crown rot in cereals incorporating at least 10 times increased throughput, improved repeatability and 10 times decreased cost relative to current methods.
  2. By 2024, industry has an improved understanding of the relationship between resistance scoring methods; disease load within the plant; and yield loss under crown rot pressure in cereals in the field.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

  1. A clear, innovative and thorough plan to achieve the project outputs, specifying: a) methods to be used b) proposed key milestones c) staffing (including relevant skills, experience and availability of key personnel and proposed subcontractors) d) budget (defining the funds sought in each year of the Part And the potential co-investment from all parties) e) project structure and management arrangements including any proposed collaborations with other projects.
  2. A clear and thorough plan to deliver the expected outcomes, specifying: a) processes that will be employed to deliver the outcomes (pathway to market) b) identification of target users of the project outputs (who will the project directly deliver to e.g. grower, adviser, plant breeder, the GRDC) c) specific information, products and/or services to be delivered to target users d) approach which will be employed to manage project IP including potential for the development of commercial IP.
  3. Demonstrated track record of the project team, including: a) relevant achievements of the project leader in providing leadership, co-ordination, management, monitoring and evaluation and the timely delivery of high-quality outputs b) relevant technical knowledge and experience of all key personnel (including proposed subcontractors) in research disciplines required to deliver the proposal c) relevant experience in the successful transfer of research outputs (IP) to third parties including private industry and commercialisation partners d) ability of the project team to build productive collaborative relationships with relevant research organisations and industry personnel e) experience in building upon existing research (national and international).
  4. Freedom to operate in regard to the provision of the project outputs to GRDC and third parties. a) detail any Research Organisation intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required. b) detail any third party intellectual property that is required to deliver the project outputs and any restrictions that may impact on the provision of project outputs to GRDC or a third party, if required. c) other intellectual property that may impact upon the delivery of project outputs to GRDC or a third party d) the approach to be taken to overcome any restrictions identified.
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APPLYING

Applicants must address the evaluation criteria, outcomes, and outputs relevant to the procurement. See the GRDC Website for full details:

https://grdc.com.au/research/applying-and-reporting/current-procurement/open-tenders/addressing-the-constraints-to-genetic-improvement-of-crown-rot-resistance-and-tolerance-in-wheat

All tender applications must be submitted electronically by completing the online form via the GRDC Grains Investment Portal (https://access.grdc.com.au/) prior to the closing date for consideration.

Please read all information on the RFT webpage on the GRDC Website before lodging an application in the Portal. 

For information on applying and how to register refer to the guides on the GRDC Online Tools webpage (https://help.grdc.com.au/hc/en-gb). Includes:

  • How to register as a first-time user.
  • How to submit an online form application.
  • How to print or export an application.
  • Frequently asked questions.
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  1. The Applicant must be a single legal entity or recognised firm of partners.
  2. The Applicant and any proposed subcontractor must be compliant with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.

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2020 - 2024

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Tenderers must submit their responses electronically by completing the online form via the Grains Investment Portal at: https://access.grdc.com.au.

Please read the entire RFT webpage on the GRDC Website before lodging an application in the Grains Investment Portal.

All documents and information available on the GRDC Website (see weblink). Contact: Cindy Hall

: +61 8 8198 8407

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