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Water-use and drought tolerance of selected traditional crops
Expanded Title:The initial task of the project was to identify and characterise indigenous and conventional food crops with application potential in South Africa. This was done taking into consideration, inter alia, (i) what can grow where under water scarce conditions, (ii) water requirements and crop responses to water stress and (iii) production and yield under water stress conditions. A series of trials, including controlled, field and rainshelter experiments were conducted in three provinces of South Africa – KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and Gauteng. The overall objective of the experiments was to understand the agronomy of selected crops and to determine whether or not they were drought tolerant. This included understanding their water use and water productivity. Modelling of the selected crops to determine performance under dryland conditions was a secondary objective. A novel approach of the project was to select at least four crops that could be used to develop a crop model for indigenous crops. Over a period of five years, this study achieved the overall objective of providing agronomic information about the response of selected indigenous crops, indigenised taro and traditional maize to management under field and controlled environment conditions when water is limited.
Date Published:01/07/2013
Document Type:Research Report
Document Subjects:Agricultural Water - Small holder irrigation
Document Format:Report
Document File Type:pdf
Research Report Type:Standard
WRC Report No:1771/1/13
ISBN No:978-1-4312-0434-2
Authors:Modi AT; Mabhaudhi T
Project No:K5/1771
Organizations:University of Kwazulu Natal
Document Size:3 440 KB
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