Herbage development

The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) has bred a range of new perennial grass, annual legume and perennial legume and browse plant cultivars through its Herbage Development Program (HDP).

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You can keep up-to-date on new variety trial results by subscribing to the HDP Newsletter. The HDP newsletter provides an overview on pasture news, research and stories. Reviews on pasture related smart phone apps, grazing management and cropping are regularly featured.  Emails are distributed approximately every two months.

Australian Pastures Genebank: Temperate Grasses Regeneration Program

TIA is leading the temperate grasses regeneration program for the Australian Pastures Genebank, to ensure the quality and diversity of Australian pasture varieties are preserved for the future. Find out more about the Program.

Providing Tasmanian graziers with better performing pastures

The Herbage Development Program run by TIA, was initiated in the early 1990s, in response to the need for better adapted and more persistent species/cultivars for the changing climatic conditions in Tasmania's, low to medium (<700mm) rainfall regions.

Over the life of the program TIA and DPIPWE staff  have participated in a number of international plant collecting missions including: Spain, Portugal and France in 1993; Tunisia in 1995; Kazakhstan in 2002; Azerbaijan in 2004; and France and Switzerland in 2006. These missions have resulted in TIA gaining access to a broad array of wild plant germplasm. This material, along with germplasm accessed from ex situ collections around the world, is used as a basis for screening and the identification of traits such as salt, acid, cold, drought or water logging tolerance.

The main focus of the program has been to assemble, identify and develop productive, drought tolerant and persistent perennial grasses and legumes, annual legumes and browse plants for sustainable agricultural use across low rainfall, temperate environments. Satisfying not only national, but also international markets.

Below are links to relevant articles on the herbage varieties developed by TIA:

Below are links to fact sheets about each of the herbage varieties developed by TIA:
Arrotas, Uplands, Megatas, Exceltas, Kuratas, Permatas, Hytas, Creepa, Canaritas, and Rubitas