Mungbean, Vigna radiata (L.) Wilczek var. radiata, is established as the key rotation in tropical Australia’s cereal-based cropping systems. It has a short duration, wide sowing window, rotation benefits and is established as a high value product for discerning international markets. Annual production increased to 70,000 tonnes since 2003 with a new production target of 170,000 tonnes by 2020. To achieve this, adoption of new breeding technologies and an understanding of traits and the physiological processes determining yield and response to biotic and abiotic stress is critical. This project is delivering new genetic knowledge directly assisting the breeding of better mungbean varieties for Australian growers. The NAM framework has been used to introduce genetic diversity, including disease resistance and new adaptive traits into elite mungbean germplasm using bi-parental and backcross breeding.
This project is supported by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program, as well as through the Queensland government and QUT.