AGRO-ECOSYSTEM SENSOR CAPABILITY FOR ELEVATED CO2 FREE AIR RESEARCH FACILITY

Grant number: LE140100123 | Funding period: 2014 - 2014

Completed

Abstract

This project will provide infrastructure upgrades to the Australian Grains Free Air Carbon dioxide Enrichment (AGFACE) facility, globally the only FACE facility in low rainfall, non-irrigated agri-ecosystems. Low rainfall, non-irrigated agriculture systems play a very significant role in global crop production and are predicted to be negatively affected by climate changes. The requested infrastructure will enable direct, plot scale measurements of crop water balance and water status, including crucial influence factors such as root growth and architecture and crop canopy temperatures, and allow manipulation experiments to develop adaptation options to improve crop resource use efficiencies.