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Catalogue: GRDC Research Summaries
The pre-breeding component will involve physiological characterization of elite germplasm from Australia and CIMMYT as well as genetic resources (synthetic & landraces) to design better targeted crosses... In accordance with recent recommendations (Australian Winter Cereals Workshop- Breeding for Better Performance Under Drought, ANU, 5-6 Sept 2007) work will focus on (i) traits that are unconstrained by yield penalties in wetter years; (ii) drought response under a range of 'water balances'; (iii) identifying germplasm with the ability to extract subsoil water; and, (iv) phenotyping in realistic environments... The first wave of physiological crosses (crosses based on physiological parameters) made at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and targeted to drought gave twice as many superior yielding lines under drought than the crosses based solely on yield information...
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Catalogue: GRDC Research Summaries
The aim of the Managed Environment Facility (MEF-Yanco) is to provide essential infrastructure and support for field research projects directed towards identifying adaptive traits and management strategies for improved productivity of field crops growing in water limited or drought-prone environments... The MEF-Yanco will provide a world-class field research facilitiy for improving the accuracy and reliability of germplasm characterisation (phenotyping) to quantify the contribution of individual traits to water use efficiency... Yanco was selected as one of three sites to establish a Managed Environment Facility, it is representative of dryland water-limited environments across southern NSW and northern Victoria...
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The aim of the Managed Environment Facility (MEF-Merredin) is to provide essential infrastructure and support for field research projects directed towards identifying adaptive traits and management strategies for improved productivity of field crops, especially wheat and barley, growing in water limited or drought-prone environments... The MEF-Merredin will provide a world class field research facility for improving the accuracy and reliability of germplasm characterisation (phenotyping) and of novel production technologies... Nationally co-ordinated research conducted at the facility will identify traits which will form the basis for increased yield and quality of broad acre crops (with emphasis on cereals) in the low and variable rainfall environments of southern Australia...
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