Soft seeded sulla - a novel approach for lowering seed costs


The outcome of this research will be a dramatic expansion of the use of sulla in mixed farming systems of southern Australia, enabled through substantially lower seed costs. Sulla is one of the few perennial legumes with commercial value for farmers, is ideally suited to phase pasture systems and will provide new opportunities for forage conservation. Additionally, we expect to develop and capture a highly lucrative export seed market based on a softseeded sulla. Furthermore, this project will provide greater understanding of the genetics of softseededness in sulla and this knowledge could be transferable to other species.


Pasture Seeds

Research Organisation

Western Australian Agriculture Authority, a body corporate established under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007

Objective Summary

This project has two key objectives: 1. Confirm genetic stability and validate field performance of the softseeded sulla (Hedsarum coronarium) selections identified in RIRDC UWA65A. 2. Commercialise an elite softseeded genotype of sulla for domestic and export forage/seed markets.

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Project Start Date

Friday, July 1, 2005

Project Completion Date

Friday, May 17, 2013

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority

Adoption of R&D

National Priority

PSE-Production and processing efficiency and profitability