16 June 2016

Research talent wants to guarentee cereal for developing countries despite climate change

This news is redirected by The Secretariat for Development Cooperation at SCIENCE from the Department of Plant & Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Assistent professor Elizabeth Neilson has received a Sapere Aude Research Talent grant to work with the drought tolerance of the cereal sorghum which is the main food source for more than 500 million people especially in developing countries.

Experiment with sorghum. Photo: Department of Plant & Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

"Drought and higher temperatures are some of the expected effects of climate change. It will have a large impact on our food crops globally. The plants we eat are all adapted to being able to survive in the climate they are growing in now, but if that climate changes the plants might not be able to survive," assistant professor Elizabeth Neilson explains fra Department of Plants and Environmental Sciences. Her focus will especially be on what happens with the essential nutrient nitrogen in sorghum during and after a period of drought, sorghum's ability to withstand drought periods and resume growth when drought comes to an end by optimating the plants ability to remobilize nitrogen with emphasis on the decomposition of the amino acid tyrosin.

Read more (Danish).