SUREROOT

Roots for the future, a systematic approach to root design

The SUREROOT project

In response to the increasing frequency and intensity of rainfall events in the UK, this five-year research project will determine whether soils can be modified by perennial grassland species to reduce incidents of flooding and drought whilst maintaining agronomic productivity and quality.

It builds on the outcomes of the BBSRC 'SuperGraSS' project which showed that a Festulolium (ryegrass / fescue species) hybrid with modified root architecture had potential for flood control. This new project will build on that preliminary data and exploit the vast genetic variation available within forage species to modify root dynamics to mitigate the effects of excess or deficient rainwater supply.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUREROOT

 

Climate Smart Agriculture

 

to address

 

climate change

 

and

 

food security

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUREROOT

 

will benefit

 

plant breeders,

 

the livestock sector

 

and society

 

BBSRC and industry funded science developing improved rooting systems in grasses and clover for sustainable livestock systems and for ecosystem service.

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