Wheat Production under Stressful Environments

PhD defence, Friday 15 June 2018, Muhammad Adil Rashid.

2018.06.15 | Trine Berndt Turtiainen Scheelke

Muhammad Adil Rashid

Climate change-induced increase in seasonal temperature and in-season high temperature episodes are being considered as a challenge to sustain crop productivity. This challenge is further aggravated if water shortage is also a limitation. This project investigated how different climate variables (alone and combined) affect physiology and productivity of wheat. Another aspect was to assess the performance of deficit irrigation and straw mulch under field conditions. The findings revealed that high temperature effects on crop production are strongly modulated by plant physiological behaviour, where certain plant processes tend to compensate the damage. Additionally, interaction among climate variables such as temperature and CO2 could benefit wheat production in areas where low temperature is a limitation (i.e. Northern China). The evaluation of water-saving practices highlighted the main factors affecting their efficiency, which provides the basis for improving these practices.

The PhD degree was completed at the Department of Agroecology, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Aarhus University.

This résumé was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Friday 15 June 2018 at 09:30
Place: 8814-3075, Auditorium, AU Foulum, Blichers Allé 20, 8830 Tjele
Title of PhD thesis: Productivity and physiology of wheat under climate change and limited water resources
Contact information: Muhammad Adil Rashid, mrmariuaf@agro.au.dk, tel.: +45 31823432
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor William Davies, Lancaster Environment centre, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
Professor Inez Minguez, CEIGRAM-UPM, Department of Agricultural production, Technical University of Madrid, Spain 
Associate Professor Lars Elgaard (chair), Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University
Main supervisor:
Professor Jørgen Eivind Olesen, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University
Co-supervisor:
Professor Mathias Neumann Andersen, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University
Professor Xiying Zhang, Centre for Agricultural Resources Research, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The dissertation is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST,
Ny Munkegade 120, building 1520, rooms 128-134, 8000 Aarhus C.

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