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Improving wheat growth and nitrogen-use efficiency under waterlogged conditions


Kisaakye, E and Acuna, TB and Johnson, P and Shabala, S, Improving wheat growth and nitrogen-use efficiency under waterlogged conditions, Proceedings of the 18th Australian Agronomy Conference 2017, 24-28 September, Ballarat, Victoria, pp. 1-4. (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Soil moisture content has a significant impact on nutrient availability in wheat. Excessive soil moisture due to waterlogging can severely reduce nutrient availability through substantial dilution of nutrient concentrations and leaching of mobile nutrients like nitrogen (N). Nitrogen-use efficiency (NUE) may be improved by using controlled-release fertilisers (CRFs) and appropriate timing of N fertiliser application. This study investigated whether timing of N application and source of applied N can alleviate the adverse effects of waterlogging on wheat growth and improve NUE. The experiment was designed as a split-plot with irrigation regime and N fertiliser application as main-plot and subplot factors and three replicates. The irrigation regime included: rainfed, irrigated and waterlogged while N fertiliser application had nil N, single-applied urea, split-applied urea and CRF treatments. At harvest, tiller number, ear number, grain yield and harvest index were determined. Nitrogen-use efficiency, its components and grain protein content were also determined. The results showed that waterlogging and N fertiliser application had a significant effect (P < 0.05) on tiller number, ear number, grain yield and NUE. The CRF had the highest grain yield for all irrigation regimes, with 9.2 t/ha, 9.4 t/ha and 6.8 t/ha for the rainfed, irrigated and waterlogged respectively. There were significant variations (P < 0.05) in NUE between different irrigation regimes and N fertiliser treatments. The CRF had the highest NUE for all irrigation regimes. Under waterlogged conditions, the CRF improved NUE by 17% and 27% more than single- and split- applied urea respectively.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:enhanced-efficiency fertilisers, high rainfall zone, conventional urea, Triticum aestivum, duplex soil
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Crop and pasture production
Research Field:Agronomy
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Grains and seeds
Objective Field:Wheat
UTAS Author:Kisaakye, E (Ms Eseeri Kisaakye)
UTAS Author:Acuna, TB (Associate Professor Tina Acuna)
UTAS Author:Johnson, P (Dr Peter Johnson)
UTAS Author:Shabala, S (Professor Sergey Shabala)
ID Code:121491
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Agriculture and Food Systems
Deposited On:2017-09-29
Last Modified:2018-06-05

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