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About National Variety Trials

The NVT Program

The NVT program was established in 2005 by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and is managed by the Australian Crop Accreditation System Limited (ACAS). It is a national program of comparative crop variety testing with standardised trial management, data generation, collection and dissemination. This is managed through an internet accessed database that ensures a common approach and uniformity across the system.

The change from the previous testing system has been driven by the increasing commercial focus of plant breeding programs in Australia. The NVT System has been developed to complement the plant breeding programs. Breeders will make their release decisions prior to nominating lines for testing in the program. NVT will only be testing lines very close to commercial release.

NVT involves establishing trial sites according to agreed protocols. Its contracted service providers manage the trials to ensure the national collection of standardised trial data into a single database.

The NVT Online Website

The NVT Online website is the delivery method for the NVT program. It is a website that draws upon reports and tables generated from the NVT database. The Google Map delivery system enables all crop specific information (including trial results, sowing guides, End Point Royalty, etc) for an entire state to be delivered to the user at a “Site Near You”.

Crops tested

  • Wheat
  • Barley
  • Canola
  • Chickpea
  • Faba Bean
  • Field Pea
  • Lentil
  • Lupin
  • Oat
  • Triticale

The NVT database also captures breeding trials from the National Breeding Initiatives for Chickpea, Faba Bean, Field Pea, Lentil, Lupin and Oat. More than 650 trials are sown at over 300 locations each year in the NVT system. An additional 100 National Breeding Initiative trial results are also reported upon to expand and enhance the information available.

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