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DAFM National Call 2011 11 S 121 Teagasc (AFBI, UCD) € 1,342,205

Project Title:

Cereal Improvement through Variety choice and understanding Yield Limitations

Project Coordinator:

Dr. John Spink

Project Abstract

This project will address 2 of the highest ranking SSAPRI research priorities, for the 2 most important tillage crops in Ireland. Through a combination of modelling, data mining and field experimentation, it will provide new understanding of crop growth and development and yield formation, and identify the key varietal characteristics for varieties suited to Irish growing conditions. Together, these will provide the information needed for the sustainable intensification of winter wheat and spring barley production, by providing insights into husbandry, agronomic and varietal improvements targeted to optimise output with targeted inputs matched to the needs of the crop. In parallel, the project will develop novel techniques for quantifying resistance to the economically important Septoria tritici blotch disease of winter wheat. This will be of benefit to plant breeders in the production of more resistant varieties and variety testers in identifying the best varieties. The project uses the best available knowledge in Ireland both north and south of the border, and includes additional international expertise to augment the scientific validity of the proposed workplan. In addition, the project encompasses all of the key players in variety selection and supply, both public and private as partners to ensure the project’s outputs are delivered as quickly as possible onto farm.

Final Report:

Not available yet.