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"As a team we aim to better understand the complexities of frost in different environments, to determine whether there is genetic variation for frost tolerance in the field, to explore potential genetic and environmental interactions between regions, and to provide a focus on methods," Dr Biddulph says... "If there is variation - and preliminary results suggest that some genotypes may be more sensitive than others - we can assist breeding programs to develop varieties less sensitive to frost.".. While frost-tolerant crops are the ultimate goal, in order to get to that distant point we need a better understanding of how different frost events affect different cereals in different environments...