Water limitation is a major industry concern in rice production, particularly in temperate Australia. It has been suggested that direct-seeded aerobic rice production may offer a water-saving strategy, with the maintenance of grain yield. This project aims to investigate physiological traits contributing to the maintenance of transpiration and yield stability in rice aerobic production, and how stomatal sensitivity responding to environmental changes. It is expected that the development of accurate and repeatable screening methods to identify donor rice varieties and traits that contribute to high grain yield under aerobic conditions, with the introduction of new aerobically adapted genotypes would stabilize yield variability in southern NSW.

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