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The Hidden Effect of Temperature
Transpiration response to VPD

The Hidden Effect of Temperature

Much of the current research on climate change focuses on the effect of high temperature on the reproductive biology (e.g. seed setting, pollen viability). Considerably less research is conducted targeting the effects of higher temperature on increasing the evaporative demand around the crop canopy. High evaporative demand depletes the plant’s water reserve faster and the plant requires more water for each unit of biomass synthesized. In the last few years we have unraveled a large genetic variation in several crop species in the capacity to regulate transpiration under high evaporative demand and have established a very close linkage between this capacity and a higher transpiration-efficiency (more crop-per-drop). Some of the variants that have been identified are now part of the breeding programme, for instance in sorghum. In addition, the LeasyScan platform provides the potential to phenotype for the desired trait in a high throughput manner, in different crops species.

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