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January 17, 2022

AHRI 2021 Wrap-Up

Written by: Jessica Scholle Despite the challenges COVID-19 presented in 2021, our researchers continued their research and published throughout the year. From the identification of…

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March 31, 2021

2,4-D synergises metribuzin

Synergy between herbicides is rare, but extremely sort after and this synergy is often claimed but it takes a specific research technique to confirm the synergy. Australian farmers and agronomists have previously observed synergy between phenoxy herbicides (2,4-D) and PSII herbicides (Group C / Group 3 herbicides such as metribuzin) and now we know why, thanks to this new AHRI research.

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February 15, 2021

World first: glyphosate resistant capeweed

We’re blowing up our most valuable herbicides on the least productive part of the farm.

Fencelines, roadsides, drainage areas, etc.

AHRI researchers, Dr Yaseen Khalil and Dr Mike Ashworth and others have confirmed the world’s most recent addition to the growing list of glyphosate resistant weeds: capeweed.

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February 1, 2021

We’ve cracked the P450 code

About 35 years ago a ryegrass population that had been sprayed several times with Hoegrass® (Diclofop) became resistant to that herbicide and cross resistant to Glean (chlorsulfuron) before Glean® or any other ALS herbicide had ever been used in Australia.

P450 enzymes were suspected to be the cause of this cross resistance but it has taken until now to get the definitive evidence.

A very patient group of researchers led by Heping Han from AHRI, including researchers from Bayer and Zheijiang University in China have identified the P450 gene responsible for cross resistance to herbicides of at least five modes of action.

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December 18, 2020

AHRI 2020 Wrap Up

Despite the challenges 2020 presented, there continued to be excellent research which was published throughout the year. In this post we have collated our top five most read AHRI insights and our top five most listened to podcasts for 2020.

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December 1, 2020

The herbicide mixture is greater than the sum of herbicides in the mix

AHRI researcher, Dr Roberto Busi is no philosopher, but he has recently published some significant research that shows that Aristotle knew a thing or two about herbicide resistance despite being born over 2000 years before the first herbicide. Amazing! The message from this research – never assume that a herbicide mixture will fail even if there is resistance to both components of the mix.

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November 3, 2020

2,4-D antagonises glyphosate, especially in glyphosate resistant weeds

Some recent research by a former AHRI researcher Jingbo Li and others shows that glyphosate resistance changes this. They studied two populations of barnyard grass with relatively low-level glyphosate resistance and found that when 2,4-D Amine or Ester was added to the tank with glyphosate, barnyard grass control was greatly reduced. They went on to discover that this is due to an effect on uptake and translocation.

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September 7, 2020

Reversing trifluralin resistance

They said it couldn’t be done – climbing Everest, flying to the moon and even deep-frying Mars bars. We were also told that we couldn’t reverse herbicide resistance. In the majority of cases, the experts are right – herbicide resistance is permanent, and we thought that was the case for all resistant weeds.

Until now…

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