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Water Uptake - Little at Key Time is Beautiful
LysiField

Water Uptake - Little at Key Time is Beautiful

Much has been reported on the potential of roots to improve crop yield and resilience under drought. However, most studies on roots have used time consuming methods to assess rooting differences, limiting their use in breeding and providing “static” data about roots. The Lysimetric system (LysiField) simply consists of assessing plant water uptake to support transpiration (taken as a proxy for growth), along with highly relevant yield data at maturity. This platform has been a huge success. Firstly, because of the shift it entailed in the way investigation on roots is carried out, it showed that water uptake was crucial during key stages (eg. reproduction, grain filling) and small differences in water uptake at these stages lead to large yield differences, whereas differences in the total water extracted, counter-intuitively, did not matter. Last but not least, LysiField provided a most robust way to screen for transpiration efficiency (TE, i.e. more crop-per-drop) and high TE variants presently used in breeding.

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