[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP170100761]
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