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Maintaining yield stability of wheat under spring frosts

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Project SummarySpring frosts that coincide with heading of wheat or barley crops can cause extensive losses by damaging parts of the spike that would otherwise produce grain... There are large yield losses in some years even with the best avoidance strategies in place... Genes that control flowering behaviour will play a key role in any holistic approach to reduce the impact of spring frosts on Australian cereal crops - through management of heading date to reduce frost risk, through yield stabilisation and potentially by influencing intrinsic frost tolerance at the time of flowering...
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