Project Number: 3096-21000-023-001-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Jan 1, 2020
End Date: Dec 31, 2024
Specific Objective: The specific objective of this experiment is to use crop physiology and genetics to understand traits controlling crop productivity and quality, with the main goal of developing news germplasm and management strategies to optimize production in rainfed and low-input systems. 1. To address research sustainability of low-input production of crops, including a fundamental understanding of physiological and genetic mechanisms controlling crop productivity and quality. 2. To develop new germplasm and management strategies for optimizing production in rainfed and low-input production systems.
Producing more with diminishing resources is an especially daunting endeavor. To provide the world with sustainability, modern society must increase overall crop production while conserving and preserving natural resources. Towards the goal of enhancing crop resilience, this proposed research is part of a collaborative effort by USDA-ARS, PA, Cropping Systems Research Laboratory, Lubbock, TX and Texas Tech University Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, Lubbock, TX to support research for sustainability of low-input production crops on the US Southern Great Plains (SGP). This research includes a fundamental understanding of physiological and genetic mechanisms controlling crop productivity and quality, as well as, the development of new germplasm and management strategies for optimizing production in rainfed and low-input production systems. The project will include laboratory, field, and greenhouse studies. Trait responses from greenhouse and field test-evaluations will be examined using ANOVA or nonparametric analyses as appropriate. Field evaluations will use randomized complete block design (RCBD) or incomplete block designs with 3–4 replications. In addition, this project will also provide goods and services necessary to carry out research of mutual interest to stakeholders, the Agency, and University on the SGP.