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Phenotype Variability => Phenotype Value

Literature is flooded with reports on plant phenotypes which could potentially enhance plant adaptation to limited-water-supply environments. However, very few of these phenotypes are being practically used as selection criteria in crop improvement programmes. Part of the reason for this discrepancy is that 1) the phenotype doesn’t improve the crop production significantly 2) the phenotype … Continue reading Phenotype Variability => Phenotype Value

Lysimetric Facility

   Why is it important? Lysimetric approach- the innovation How it works Importance to crop improvement Uniqueness of the facility and    relevance to other locations Re-constructing the drought puzzle The two different angles this research led to Further Why is it important? Phenotyping, or measuring key traits of crops such as drought-tolerance, is crucial in … Continue reading Lysimetric Facility

Trait Dissection

Trait Dissection Within team activities, dissection of physiological traits lay the baseline on which all other activities are built. We focus on understanding the range of plant adaptive mechanisms underlying the crop water usage which can potentially contribute to plant production advantage in various drought stress environments. Regulated dry down Transpiration response to VPD Plant … Continue reading Trait Dissection


Phenotyping After the given plant phenotype is reasonably understood and the potential economic value of the phenotype assessed in silico, ultimately, the tools enabling massive screening of such phenotype is inevitable to assist the breeding programs. To encounter the typical breeding population size and screen for the phenotype relevant for crop production improvement in target … Continue reading Phenotyping