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USAID-Feed the Future Innovation Lab – Development of Abiotic Stress Tolerant Millet for Africa and South Asia

Millet plays different roles in food security. It remains a staple of millions among the poorest in both India and Africa. At the same time, its growing value in the food and feed industry offers opportunities for income generation. This economic value is evident in the growth in production in both regions, even if acreage has declined. While among the staples most adapted to harsh environments, productivity gains from increased and broad stress tolerance will be significant.

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 … Continue reading The Hidden Effect of Temperature

Sense and Sensibility

The word of the moment in modern breeding programmes is “high-throughput phenotyping”. We need to measure well, measure with precision, and measure fast, and measure in bulk. But measure what? The LeasyScan platform has been developed to answer essential research questions concerning plant adaptation to drought and turn answers into breeding solutions. LeasyScan is here … Continue reading Sense and Sensibility

Want to boost chickpea yield by 40% / to increase legume productivity and don’t know what to do?

Improving yield is often/always hampered by unequalled performance of genetic material across testing locations or within same locations. These are known as “genotype-by-environment interactions (G×E), and this implies that interactions also occur with the agronomic management (G×E×M). It is virtually impossible to overcome these interactions solely by experimental means. Crop simulation-modeling offers a tool to … Continue reading Want to boost chickpea yield by 40% / to increase legume productivity and don’t know what to do?

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 … Continue reading Lysimetric Facility

Protocols and Data Analysis

Protocols and Data Analysis Here the idea for each of the item is to give a concise and precise description of the method and the different steps used. It may involve an hyperlinking to a paper where the protocol is used and described well. It will also simply describe the equipment that are needed (may … Continue reading Protocols and Data Analysis