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Title: The use of functional traits to identify grasses and fodder shrubs for domestication to suit a changing climate
Contributor(s): Mitchell, Meredith L (author); Whalley, Ralph D  (author)orcid ; Norman, Hayley C (author)
Publication Date: 2013
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/13848
Abstract: There is uncertainty about future climatic predictions; however there is little doubt amongst experts that the future will be warmer. Climate change and the associated elevation in atmospheric CO₂ level and temperatures will provide novel challenges and potential opportunities for cultivated plant species. Plant breeding and domestication can contributed to improvements in both yield and quality of grasses and fodder shrubs. A range of key functional traits is required to cope with this changing climate. The main challenges that are discussed are new pests and pathogens; changes in the pattern of nutrient supply and forage quality; challenge associated with a shorter growing season; drought tolerance and persistence. With the domestication of any species, consideration needs to be given in terms of duty of care (weediness, anti-nutritional/toxic to animals, regulations) and the on farm adoption of new selections. Two case studies have been included in the paper, one on native grasses and the other on native shrub, old man saltbush.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 22nd International Grassland Congress: Revitalising Grasslands to Sustain Our Communities, Sydney, Australia, 15th - 19th September, 2013
Conference Details: 22nd International Grassland Congress: Revitalising Grasslands to Sustain Our Communities, Sydney, Australia, 15th - 19th September, 2013
Source of Publication: Revitalising Grasslands to Sustain our Communities: Proceedings of the 22nd International Grassland Congress, p. 345-351
Publisher: New South Wales Department of Primary Industry
Place of Publication: Orange, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 050207 Environmental Rehabilitation (excl Bioremediation)
050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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