Work Package 1
Optimising perennial grasses for biomass production
In Workpackage 1, we will identify key physiological traits to maximize biomass production on marginal lands and develop selection criteria for plant breeding purposes. We will also use high-resolution mapping and ecological niche models to establish the natural distribution of the grasses and the factors limiting production.
We will collate existing geographical and ecological data on the species and their close relatives. When this is complete we will construct ecological niche models and model biogeography to help predict the areas with highest potential for production of each of the crops. Once these factors have been identified breeders will be able to better select germplasm for development of new varieties especially for growth in marginal habitats that are less suited to conventional agriculture.
Publications related to this work package:
Barth S, Klaas M, Burke B, Doyle D & Finnan J (2013) Perennial grasses for marginal soils. TResearch 8(3), p 42-43
Song Q, Zhang G, Zhu XG (2013) Optimal crop canopy architecture to maximise canopy photosynthetic CO2 uptake under elevated CO2 – a theoretical study using a mechanistic model of canopy photosynthesis. Functional Plant Biology 40 (2): 108-124
Wang Y, Long SP and Zhu X-G (2014) Elements required for an efficient NADP-ME type C4 photosynthesis. Plant Physiology. 164 (4): 2231-2246.
Jones MB, Finnan J, Hodkinson TR (2014) Morphological and physiological traits for higher biomass production in perennial rhizomatous grasses grown on marginal land. GCB Bioenergy.
Perennial Biomass Crops for a Resource Constrained World Programme, Proceedings of Biomass 2015, Stuttgart, Germany, 2015.
Partners involved in Work Package 1