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Steps made towards more nitrogen-efficient cereals

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Caption: The University of Western Australia Institute of Agriculture and School of Earth and Environment researcher, Dr Hossein Khabaz-Saberi, is part of a local research team funded by GRDC that is making breakthroughs in improving nitrogen-use efficiency in wheat and barley... Prof Rengel said a double-haploid wheat mapping population - created from lines differing in N-use efficiency - was phenotyped during the project, and this population offered promise in identifying Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) associated with N-use efficiency... Prof Rengel said the research found 'vegetative growth' measures to be ineffective in-the-field predictors of N-use efficiency throughout the season, except potentially for barley at sites with relatively low soil fertility...
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