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Modelling global change impacts on wheat cropping in south-east Queensland, Australia

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Reyenga, P. J., Howden, S.M., Meinke, H. and McKeon, G.M. (1999) Modelling global change impacts on wheat cropping in south-east Queensland, Australia. Environmental Modelling & Software, 14 (4). pp. 297-306. ISSN 1364-8152

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Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/S1364-8152(98)00081-4


The wheat module, I_WHEAT, from the APSIM cropping system model was used to investigate the impacts of changes in atmospheric CO2 concentrations on wheat crops by modifying radiation use efficiency, transpiration efficiency, specific leaf area and critical nitrogen concentrations. The effects of several combinations of atmospheric CO2, climate change and crop adaptation strategies on wheat production in the Burnett region were studied. Mean wheat yields were increased under doubled CO2, with the response relative to ambient CO2 greatest in dry years. Higher temperatures under the climate change scenarios moderated the yield gains achieved with increasing CO2 and in some instances reversed them under the reduced rainfall scenario. The status of the region as a producer of prime hard wheat may be at risk due to reduced grain protein levels under doubled CO2 and the increased likelihood of “heat shock” in the climate scenarios used.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:global change; climate change; elevated CO2; wheat modelling; Australia
Subjects:Science > Mathematics > Computer software
Science > Statistics > Simulation modelling
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural meteorology. Crops and climate
Plant culture > Field crops > Wheat
Agriculture > By region or country > Australia > Queensland
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