Cheviot Futures

United in a Changing Landscape

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How can productive grassland be managed to reduce the effects of drought conditions?
Across the UK, periods of excessive rainfall and drought are increasing in frequency and intensity due to the changing climate, leading to significant losses of forage yield and compromising grass persistance.

The DefraLINK programme LK0688 at IBERS is aiming to increase the water use efficiency of our major cultivated grasses.

'Precision Breeding' work with Italian ryegrass has already achieved an 88% improvement in yield by incorporating selected drought resistant genes from related fescue species.
The next objective is to bring about a similar level of enhancement in the water use efficiency of Perennial ryegrass - the most commonly used productive grassland species - through incorporation of the same fescue-derived genes.

Information taken from the leaflet 'Grass roots for improved soil structure and hydrology', Mike Humphreys, IBERS, University of Aberystwyth.
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