Australian Mungbean Association
Australian-grown mungbeans have quality written all over them!
Seed sales equals better varieties
AMA president Mark Schmidt recommends that mungbean producers replenish their seed lines at least every three years with AMA-Approved seed, sold in these distinctively-branded bags.
16 November, 2018
The development and release of Jade-AU and Crystal revolutionised the Australian mungbean industry, bringing huge improvements in yield for growers wanting to access the often-lucrative shiny green mungbean market. This achievement resulted from years of planning and careful breeding and was financially supported by government, industry and growers.
The National Mungbean Improvement Program, a co-investment of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), seeks to improve the productivity and reliability of mungbeans. The priority for the program is combining large and extra-large grain size and foliar disease resistance into an adapted background like industry mainstay varieties Crystal and Jade-AU. DAF Senior Plant Breeder Col Douglas is developing improved germplasm and implementing the latest breeding technologies, which are key to delivering better mungbean varieties faster for Australian growers.
To help fund this important plant breeding program, the price of mungbean seed includes a seed royalty. The Australian Mungbean Association collects and administers these royalties and makes an annual payment to DAF to support the ongoing mungbean breeding work.
Australian Mungbean Association president, Mark Schmidt said the seed royalty was a vital mechanism for the industry to fund the development of new varieties. “All available mungbean varieties are protected by Plant Breeders Rights, or PBR, which means that you can retain your own seed for planting but it is illegal to give, swap or buy seed from anyone other than a seed reseller who collects and passes on the seed royalty,” he said.
“As the commercial partner with a vested interest in the success of the Australian mungbean industry, the AMA commenced a seed production scheme in 2005 to reduce the occurrence of the various diseases and give the industry confidence in the integrity of the seed supply,” said Mr Schmidt. “The seed production crops are inspected by an independent third party for halo blight and tan spot, along with various other weed and disease contaminants. The AMA recommends that mungbean producers replenish their seed lines at least every three years.”
Each seed lot is fully traceable back to the paddock of production and records are kept of the crop history and all inspections, allowing the AMA to monitor the seed scheme and in particular any re-occurrence of halo blight.
Seed produced in the AMA seed production scheme is sold in distinctively printed bags with the appropriate trade mark or PBR logo. Purchasing AMA-Approved seed provides the best possible assurance of the quality and purity of the seed.