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Rootstock genetics & improvement - tolerance to abiotic stress

Heat, drought and salinity are abiotic stressors facing many Australian grapegrowers. Climate modelling for southern Australia suggests that these stressors are likely to increase in the coming decades. To help counter this, the major objective of this project is to develop tools for selecting and breeding grapevine rootstocks with better resilience to abiotic stress. The project will use gene identification technologies and functional characterisation and marker assisted breeding, together with advanced phenotypic screening methods, to develop better rootstocks with enduring resistance to salt, heat and drought.

Project date

1 Jul 2017-8 Aug 2022
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Principal investigator

Walker, Mandy

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Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Agriculture and Food

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Fruits Other rural industries Wine

Wine Australia

Wine Australia helps foster and encourage profitable, resilient and sustainable Australian winegrape and wine businesses by investing in research and …

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Fruits Other rural industries Wine
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