Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP170100761 [ 2017 - 2023 ]

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Researchers A/Prof Timothy Brodribb; Dr Brendan Choat; Dr Herve Cochard; Dr Philippe Marmottant; Dr Sylvain Delzon

Brief description This project aims to reveal how specific water-stress thresholds damage the leaves of Australian crop and forest species during drought. Water stress affects agricultural productivity and plant survival in drought-prone regions such as Australia. Using optical and X-ray techniques, this project seeks to visualise and quantify the dynamic processes of damage and repair in leaves under stress. Anticipated outputs include a practical basis to predict drought-induced canopy death; identification of threats to ecologically sensitive plants; and selection and screening tools to improve the drought resilience of agriculturally important crop species.

Funding Amount $375,500

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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