[ASC-media] CLIMATE CHANGE ON GRDC RADAR: Crop Doctor
brendon at iinet.net.au
Wed Jul 18 02:25:01 CEST 2007
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Climate change and what it really means is a reality graingrowers cant
avoid, especially when it comes to accessing declining water sources.
But to try to fight it alone would mean losing the immediate battle and the
National, cross industry approaches and increased collaboration are
essential to help growers and their support organisations, including the
GRDC, pro-actively address climate variability and sustainability issues.
And now is the time.
Breeding crops more tolerant to drought, improving seasonal forecasting and
providing tools and services to growers to manage climate risk are key
strategies of the GRDCs new Strategic R&D five year Plan, Prosperity
With the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics, the GRDC continues
to invest in developing more resilient drought and frost tolerant grain
Involvement in the South-east Australian Climate Initiative and ongoing
investment in the national Managing Climate Variability Program will focus
on effective within season predictive tools in the context of climate
Developing an operational regional forecasting system that responds more to
local factors is well underway.
GRDC supported Department of Agriculture and Food WA researcher, Dr David
Stephens provided the first step in better long-lead rainfall outlooks for
much of Australias cropping areas.
He developed the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Sequence System (ESS),
an analogue system that predicts growing season rainfall with skill and
The GRDC has targeted a 10 per cent increase in water use efficiency in
certain agro-ecological zones by 2012, which would significantly lift
productivity and profitability of the grains industry.
Working more closely with government, industry, research partners and other
RDCs ensures a national collaborative approach to climate change and will
help turn climate-related risks into opportunities for growers.
The Crop Doctor is GRDC Managing Director, Peter Reading, Tel 02 6272 5525
GRDC REF: CDJuly073.doc/Blumenthal
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