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Crops

More effective water use by rainfed wheat in China and Australia

Project Code: CIM/2005/111
Program: Crops
Budget:
A$871,689
Research Program Manager: Dr. Eric Huttner
Project Leader: Tony Condon - CSIRO Plant Industry
Duration:
JUN 2008
SEP 2013
Project Status: Concluded
Key partners
Ningxia Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences
Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University

Overview

In both north-western China and Australia, conservation farming practices are being promoted as an important component of more-sustainable farming systems. CSIRO Plant Industry has been achieving considerable breeding success for dryland wheat in Australia by targeting specific traits that make more effective use of available water. Some of these traits have also been shown to improve adaptation of wheat to conservation farming practices.

This project aimed to extend this breeding success to north-western China by working with leading breeding programs for dryland wheats in north-western China, based at Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, Yangling, Shaanxi, and Ningxia Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Science, Yinchuan, Ningxia.