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Novel resources for oilseed rape breeding. Improving harvest index. (ORB-LINK) - LK0964

Oilseed rape receives more nitrogen fertiliser than almost any other arable crop, but the amount of nitrogen removed in the seed is relatively small. The high fertiliser requirement represents a large growing cost and, because of the high energy input and by-products produced during its manufacture, it causes significant green house gas emissions to be associated with growing the crop. The nitrogen rich crop residues also cause a high risk of nitrate leaching. These factors reduce the viability of oilseed rape for biodiesel and food production. Because there is known genetic variability in the N requirement of oilseed rape which has not previously been tapped, prospects are good for breeding oilseed rape with a low N fertiliser requirement. It is estimated that the N fertiliser requirement of high yielding crops can be halved. Before commercial breeding can proceed, methods of rapidly screening for low N requirement and its underlying traits must be developed, and suitable sources of genetic variation must be identified.
To improve the viability of UK oilseed rape for biodiesel and food production by reducing green house gas emissions, nitrate leaching and financial costs associated with growing the crop.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2009

Cost: £233,151
Contractor / Funded Organisations
John Innes Centre (BBSRC), CPB Twyford Ltd, Home Grown Cereals Authority, Elsoms Seeds Ltd, Monsanto UK Ltd, Saaten-Union Ltd, Biogemma UK Ltd, Nickerson UK Ltd
Arable Farming              
Crop Improvement              
LINK Programme              
Oilseed Rape              
Sustainable Farming and Food              
Fields of Study
Arable Crops