Ground Cover Issue 112 - Managed environment facilities
GroundCover™ Supplement Issue: Ground Cover supplements | 11 Aug 2014
Chasing future yield gains
The Managed Environment Facilities (MEFs) in Merredin (Western Australia) and Yanco and Narrabri (New South Wales) have been established to improve the water productivity of Australian grain crops.
With the development of the MEFs we can, for the first time, accurately assess and compare genetic traits capable of reducing the yield gap between on-farm production and physiological yield potential under water-limited conditions.
The MEFs are also being used as a development and testing ground for methodologies that can be applied across crop research and breeding, while delivering to breeders the information they need for selecting traits that will improve future grain varieties.
- Water productivity traits: More crop per drop
- Phenotyping: New tools speed data collection
- Tiller inhibition: Tiller number and terminal drought
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