Search results for Drought

News | 04/08/2018

That's how to make grass drought-resistant

That's how to make grass drought-resistant

Due to the ongoing drought, there is a need for drought-resistant grass as feed for the livestock sector. ILVO is developing grass that is drought-resistant through breeding.

Research projects

Development of novel breeding technology for improved root system, drought tolerance and sustainable plant productions

Main research questionWith climate change, we are experiencing more and more periods of drought, a water shortage increasingly earlier in the summer, and heavier precipitation in the fall and winter. These longer periods of drought will result in significant yield losses.

Development of novel breeding technology for improved root system, drought tolerance and sustainable plant productions

Research projects

Grassland use in a changing climate

The goals is to make the use of more persistent and drought-tolerant grasses (tall fescue, perennial ryegrass and Festulolium), whether or not in combination with clover, more feasible and to incorporate these in Flemish dairy rations.

Research projects

Prevention and remediation of soil compaction

In dry periods, roots can't reach down far enough to the deeper soil levels and therefore cannot access existing water, causing drought stress. This can influence crop nutrient and water uptake, all of which result in depressed crop yield.

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