Enabling Molecular Plant Breeding for Drought Adaptation Using Genome-to-Phenome Modelling Technologies (2010–2013)
Rapid advances in molecular technologies have not yet delivered improved plant varieties for drought adaption. This project focuses on enhancing genome-to-phenome modelling to bridge this divide. Experimentally-derived understanding of the genetics and physiology of drought adaption traits in sorghum and maize will be incorporated in an existing crop modelling platform. This modelling approach will provide breeders with targeted selection criteria for specific water-limited conditions and molecular biologists with more relevant genomic targets. The interdisciplinary integration will enhance progress in molecular plant breeding, resulting in improved crop adaptation and higher yield in water-limited environments.