Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Pieter-Willem Hendriks

 Pieter-Willem Hendriks

Master of Agricultural Engineering

The role of root architecture and associated rhizosphere interactions in breeding for weed competitive wheat cultivars

I aim at identifying below ground traits to link these to the above ground traits, known to impact the competitive ability such as greater early leaf development; larger penultimate flag and flag leaves; greater tillering; taller planophile canopies   in order to deliver understanding toward an ideotype of a competitive wheat.

I will be looking at root development, and allelopathy in controlled and field environments under rain-fed and irrigated conditions during the growth of the wheat plant, through sampling, washing and measuring the root systems of different wheat cultivars, historical cultivars and unique germplasm

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Professor Leslie Weston and Dr Greg Rebetzke

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“A tillering inhibition gene influences root-shoot carbon partitioning and pattern of water use to improve wheat productivity in rain fed environments.” (J Exp Bot. 2016 Jan:67[1]:327-40).

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