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
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.
Main research questionThe aim of the project is to limit the risks of drought, salinization and flooding in the Oudland Polder by means of a coordinated and adapted water and land management, which at the same time takes into account the diverse land uses within the polder.
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.
CurieuzeNeuzen in de Tuin, the largest ever citizen study in Flanders on heat and drought, is installing 500 smart sensors or "field daggers" in various potato fields across Flanders to gather information on the microclimate in our potato fields.
Can you make plants more drought-resistant by exposing their tissues to specific soil bacteria in the lab? Plant scientists have long known that they can use this "bacterial breeding" to alter a plant's root characteristics.
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