HeDWIC IDENTIFIES AND PROMOTES OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG SCIENTISTS FROM CLIMATE/FOOD SECURITY VULNERABLE COUNTRIES TO CONDUCT RESEARCH ON HEAT AND DROUGHT TOLERANCE AT ADVANCED INSTITUTES INTERNATIONALLY
Moreno’s research will be on “Characterization of physiological and anatomical basis of wheat root function under abiotic stress using high-throughput phenotyping.” The aim is to measure root structure-function traits of contrasting genotypes using the state of the art precision tomography in controlled conditions in the School of Biosciences at the University of Nottingham and field-based phenotyping at Yaqui Valley in Mexico to determine what root characteristics are underlying plant performance under a range of environments including warmer and water deficit conditions. Moreno’s research is being conducted under the supervision of Dr. Malcom Bennett, HeDWIC collaborator and University of Nottingham professor of Plant Sciences. This opportunity is funded by the CONACYT-Government of Mexico, SADER’s MasAgro Trigo and the University of Nottingham.
Dambo’s research project — “Remotely sensed spectral indices as indicators of climate resilience in a wheat breeding context” — will focus on the identification and validation of spectral reflectance indices for the assessment of photoprotection and hydration status in wheat as adaptation mechanisms in heat and drought environments.
His research will be carried out as part of a collaboration between CIMMYT and the University of Hohenheim under the joint supervision of Matthew Reynolds and Folkard Asch, with funding from the ATSAF Academy, whose aim is to involve PhD students from German universities in CGIAR research projects to strengthen the links between universities and international, development-oriented agricultural research.