Research update: the 2011-12 season at Tel Hadya

June 12, 2012 at 7:38 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Excellent results from a cold, wet season. Dr Mahmoud Solh, Director General, and Dr Maarten van Ginkel, DDG- Research, examine a field trial at Tel Hadya

As the harvest gets under way, we look back at the 2011-12 crop season at ICARDA’s headquarters, the Tel Hadya research station in Syria. Rainfall (450 mm to date) was 35% above the long-term average; temperatures were 2-3 degrees lower than normal. The barley harvest was exceptional, providing a benchmark for yield under rainfed conditions. The cold winter provided a good test for cold and frost tolerance in all crops. Depending on the timing of dry spells in relation to crop phenology, the season also provided valuable data on the ability of improved varieties − spring bread wheat in particular − to cope with moisture stress during the grain-filling and maturity stages.

Tel Hadya represents only a small part of ICARDA’s global research. Nevertheless, this update illustrates the breadth of the research portfolio, and how the results are helping to improve food security and livelihoods in dry areas.

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