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Research Project: Improving Sustainability of Low-input Cropping Systems

Location: Plant Stress and Germplasm Development Research

Project Number: 3096-21000-022-032-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jan 1, 2020
End Date: Jun 30, 2022

Objective:
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.

Approach:
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.