Navigation Links
MU researchers create drought conditions to unearth solutions
Date:7/31/2009

COLUMBIA, Mo. Droughts have devastating effects on farmers. In most of the world, droughts are the leading cause of crop failure. Droughts increase consumer costs, kill livestock, reduce crop yields, and trigger wildfires and dust storms, which lead to malnutrition and famine, social unrest and political instability. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) are constructing drought simulators over a variety of soil types so that scientists can study how certain plants respond to a broad range of drought conditions, providing information that is critical to develop more tolerant crop plants.

"This project will create a network of drought simulators unlike any other in the United States, providing Missouri scientists with state-of-the-art field facilities to conduct a broad range of drought-related translational research," said Felix Fritschi, assistant professor in CAFNR's Division of Plant Sciences, who leads the effort.

Funded by a $1.5 million grant by the Missouri Life Sciences Research Board, Fritschi and his team will construct four mobile rain shelters and will vary the amount of water that the test plants receive, simulating everything from short dry spells to persistent and severe drought conditions. The shelters measure 50 feet by 100 feet, look like greenhouses and are mobile. The researchers will move the shelters during sunny weather and cover the plants when rain approaches.

The shelters are being placed in different areas of the state with different environments, crop species and soil types that are agriculturally important to the state. This strategic placement allows researchers to accommodate any crop, forage and turf species grown in Missouri and surrounding states.

"Water is a finite resource that is in great demand for a wide variety of reasons, including domestic, industrial, leisure, landscape and agricultural uses," Fritschi said. "In light of population increases and greater demands for non-agricultural water uses, more and more emphasis must be placed on efficient use of water resources for plant production. The drought simulators will provide us with a new tool to study how agricultural water use efficiency can be improved."

"Plant responses to drought are very complex and difficult to study," said Robert Sharp, co-investigator and professor of plant sciences. "The ability to manage the timing, duration and intensity of water deficit stress under field conditions is essential to examine plant responses to drought. Thus, the drought simulators will bridge the gap between controlled environment facilities, such as growth chambers and greenhouses, and real conditions encountered in the field."


'/>"/>

Contact: Christian Basi
BasiC@missouri.edu
573-882-6211
University of Missouri-Columbia
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. Antibody targeting of glioblastoma shows promise in preclinical tests, say Lombardi researchers
2. UCSF researchers identify new drug target for Kaposis sarcoma
3. Fox Chase researchers uncover one force behind the MYC oncogene in many cancers
4. 1 in 6 health workers wont report in flu pandemic -- study by Ben-Gurion U. researchers
5. Researchers team up to provide new hope for childhood hunger
6. UBC researchers help push for standard DNA barcodes for plants
7. Researchers develop brain-reading methods
8. ISU researchers find possible treatment for spinal muscular atrophy
9. Researchers capture bacterial infection on film
10. Researchers design first model motor nerve system thats insulated and organized like the human body
11. Iowa State University researchers develop process for surgical genetic changes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
MU researchers create drought conditions to unearth solutions
(Date:4/11/2017)... NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ:   NXTD ) ("NXT-ID" or ... independent Directors Mr. Robin D. Richards and Mr. ... the company,s corporate governance and expertise. ... Gino Pereira , Chief Executive Officer said," ... and benefiting from their considerable expertise as we move forward ...
(Date:4/4/2017)... , April 4, 2017   EyeLock LLC , ... that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) ... covers the linking of an iris image with a ... and represents the company,s 45 th issued patent. ... is very timely given the multi-modal biometric capabilities that ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... 29, 2017  higi, the health IT company that ... North America , today announced a Series B ... of EveryMove. The new investment and acquisition accelerates higi,s ... to transform population health activities through the collection and ... higi collects and secures data today on behalf ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... April 25, 2017 , ... Franz ... Lisp (CL) development tools, and market leader for Semantic Graph Database ... now available within the most effective system for developing and deploying applications to ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 25, 2017 , ... ... Piedmont Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, P.A. , proudly announced today that acclaimed physiatrist ... commence his duties on May 15, 2017. , Dr. Terzella completed his residency ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... It is well established that ... the broad application of this cellular target engagement concept to drug discovery has ... thermal stabilization assays are valuable methods for particular applications, but they can require ...
(Date:4/21/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Having worked on the design of the innovative Triton™ ... to top lab design architects from around the country at the Lab Design Conference ... and Engineering Greg Casey will be at the show, where they will highlight the ...
Breaking Biology Technology: