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Quantifying high temperature risks and their potential effects on sorghum production in Australia

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Singh, V., Nguyen, C. T., McLean, G., Chapman, S. C., Zheng, B., van Oosterom, E. J. and Hammer, G. L. (2017) Quantifying high temperature risks and their potential effects on sorghum production in Australia. Field Crops Research, 211 . pp. 77-88. ISSN 0378-4290

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Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fcr.2017.06.012

Publisher URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378429016303653


High temperatures across the Australian sorghum belt can reduce sorghum yields, but genotypic differences in heat tolerance could mitigate these yield losses. The objectives of this study were to quantify occurrences of high temperatures around anthesis of sorghum, determine their yield impacts, and assess the potential for management and genetics to minimise any adverse effects. Long term weather records for six locations across the Australian sorghum belt were used to quantify the probability of high temperature occurrence. These records were then used in a simulation study with the APSIM-sorghum model. The model was adapted to capture high temperature effects on grain yield for five hypothetical genotypes that differed in temperature threshold for effects on seed set and in tolerance to temperatures above that threshold. Results showed that the most common incidence of heat stress around anthesis was the occurrence of individual days with maximum temperatures between 36–38° C. Because these temperatures were near the threshold limiting seed set in tolerant genotypes, an increased temperature threshold generally minimised adverse yield effects. However, 1–5 °C predicted temperature increases in coming decades will justify additional selection for increased tolerance above the threshold. Manipulation of sowing dates did not reduce risks of heat stress around anthesis, unless sowing was extremely late. Hence, genetic improvement provides the best prospect to mitigate heat stress effects on grain yield.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Crop and Food Science
Keywords:Adaptation Climate change Genetic variability Molecular breeding Threshold temperature Seed set percentage
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural meteorology. Crops and climate
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Methods and systems of culture. Cropping systems
Plant culture > Field crops > Sorghum
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Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:51

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