As one of the major producers of wheat, Australian farmers are helping to feed the world’s population. The industry is worth over $5 billion per year, with wheat considered to be one of Australia’s most valuable crops.
With predictions of higher temperatures and changes to rainfall in Australia, the industry faces an inevitable decrease in yield. Therefore, it is imperative for farmers to be able to eliminate other factors which may affect crop outcomes.
Crown rot, a fungal disease found in a variety of winter cereals, is of great concern to farmers and the industry. The disease is passed down from crop to crop through infected stubble and can have a huge impact on the yearly wheat yields made by farmers.