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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Dr Glenn Fitzgerald, pictured explaining the work being undertaken at the AGFACE facility at Horsham, says by conducting studies now into the response of crops under the levels of CO2 anticipated for 2050, industry has time to develop adaptation strategies... Research partly funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has shown that elevated carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) increases growth and yield in wheat, peas and other crops by on average 25 percent, but at the same time decreases protein content in wheat grain by up to 15 pc... "By conducting studies now into the response of crops under the levels of CO 2 we anticipate for 2050, we have time to develop adaptation strategies," Dr Fitzgerald said...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
Uncertainty about the effects of rising atmospheric CO 2 levels on crop growth, water use, grain yield and quality led to field experiments being conducted in the Australian grain belt to obtain data on the response of wheat crops to elevated carbon dioxide levels... The collaborative project between the Victorian Department of Primary Industries (Vic DPI) and the University of Melbourne (UM) delivered a national Free Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FACE) facility consisting of a core of 8 x 12 m rings at Horsham, supplemented by a smaller system at Walpeup (Mallee), within a region of strategic importance to the grains industry... The results from this type of research can inform crop breeders about traits responsive to eCO 2 and provide them with information to improve future lines of wheat...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
More than a century after it effectively launched Australia as a major international wheat producer, the iconic wheat variety Federation is being brought out of retirement to help researchers breed future varieties able to cope with environmental changes... Federation is one of 12 new and old varieties being tested at the GRDC-supported Australian Grains Free Air CO 2 Enrichment (AGFACE) site in Victoria, which grows crops in open-air 12-metre wide circular plots exposed to higher CO 2 ... Since AGFACE began in 2007, Victorian DEDJTR scientists have learnt that higher CO 2 has a fertilisation effect and can boost growth if the crops receive sufficient water, but have also found that crops will need more nutrients to grow in future conditions...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
More than a century after it effectively launched Australia as a major international wheat producer, the iconic wheat variety Federation is being brought out of retirement to help researchers breed future varieties able to cope with environmental changes... Federation is one of 12 new and old varieties being tested at the GRDC-supported Australian Grains Free Air CO 2 Enrichment (AGFACE) site in Victoria, which grows crops in open-air 12-metre wide circular plots exposed to higher CO 2 ... Since AGFACE began in 2007, Victorian DEDJTR scientists have learnt that higher CO 2 has a fertilisation effect and can boost growth if the crops receive sufficient water, but have also found that crops will need more nutrients to grow in future conditions...
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