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.

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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

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Drought tolerant crops

Climate change means that we are increasingly faced with drought during the growing season, including in Flanders. This requires a systematic approach to water in agriculture, in which the use of drought-tolerant crops plays an important role.

Less drought-resistant grass In nature, drought resistance in nature is often linked to lower productivity There are countless possibilities for a plant to adapt to drought, but very often drought tolerance is linked to lower productivity.

Drought tolerant crops

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Blue-green strategies for climate change adaptation

Main research questionPersistent droughts from 2017 to 2021 have made it clear that Flanders is insufficiently prepared for water scarcity and droughts. The TURQUOISE project aims at a proactive approach, based on ecosystem functioning, to increase water availability.

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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.

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Opportunities for controlled drainage in Flanders

form of drainage can be both socially and agriculturally profitable, and effective in the short term.Research approachA breakthrough can be achieved by further building on, combining and implementing the knowledge that has been amassed internationally and regionally in recent years around CD, with an emphasis on the added value in the fight against drought

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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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