Impact assessment

Breeding and quality analysis of rapeseed

Date released
23 July 1999
Publication Code

P Chudleigh


This study is an ex-post, economic assessment of two projects supported by ACIAR and concerned with the breeding and quality analysis of rapeseed in Australia and China. These projects were carried out sequentially with the first one commencing on 1 July 1986. The second one was completed on 30 June 1991. The projects were essentially an exchange of knowledge and germplasm of rape (Brassica napus) between plant breeders in Australia and China. The projects resulted in the release of varieties of rape that yielded improved seed in Australia, China and other developed and developing countries. The analysis showed that the projects have provided a rate of economic return of at least 28% on the funds invested in both Australia and China.