Drought highly limits wheat productivity in Australia. Existing conditions and future predictions for increased temperature, evaporative demand and water scarcity enhance the need for higher transpiration-efficiency crops (“more crop per drop”). To breed for new wheat varieties with increased transpiration efficiency, the physiological and genetic responses of traits related to transpiration need to be better understood. This project aims to identify genotypic variation in whole-plant transpiration rate and stomatal conductance.

You will:

  • be involved in the development of a new screening methodology
  • conduct an experiment with the new state-of-the-art lysimeter facility
  • identify how wheat genotypes differ in their transpiration pattern.

This project comes with a $5000 allowance.

Location: Gatton, with a few meetings in Toowoomba

Expected outcomes: hands-on experience in crop physiology and data analysis

Supervisors: Dr Karine Chenu, Professor Graeme Hammer

Before you apply: contact the primary supervisor for more details