Crop physiology and modelling

Integrating crop science from the molecular to whole plant levels to enhance food production in the face of climate change

Our research includes:

  • Exploring the physiological and molecular bases of drought adaptation in the world’s major cereals
  • Combining phenotype-to-gene and gene-to-phenotype approaches
  • Evaluating the efficiency with which resources (radiation, water and nitrogen) are utilized by crop plants
Crop physiology and modelling research at QAAFI involves developing crops that are resilient to different stresses like drought, heat and cold, through using genetic and management solutions.

There are many combinations for genetic and management solutions for a particular environment; QAAFI tries to optimise for all of these combinations. Simulation modeling allows us to look at these different combinations and select the most favorable. The research team includes plant breeders, physiologists and molecular biologists, people bioinformatics, and robotics.

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