Perennial Grain Crops for High Water Use

  • 50 pages

  • Published: 1 Feb 2005

  • Author(s): Davies, CL, WEaugh, DL, Lefroy, EC

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Examines the domestication of an Australian native grass to produce a perennial grain crop. Perennial (long-lived) grain crops offer a new solution to the long-standing problems of salinity and soil erosion associated with conventional cropping systems based on annual plants. The native species weeping rice grass (Microlaena stipoides) is a promising candidate for a perennial grain crop on the basis of its seed size and wide distribution. 2005, 50pp, Pub No 05/024, $16