- To identify sugar beet traits linked to water conservation with a focus on leaf and canopy traits
- To understand if the traits identified can be explored to increase WUE
- To understand the impact management practices have on WUE
Outcomes / Key Message For Growers And Industry
Glasshouse, large boxes and field experiments will be utilised to explore factors which affect WUE in sugar beet. This work will be undertaken with the UK climate in mind and will therefore include the assessment of sugar beet WUE under drought stress. The influence of management practices on sugar beet WUE such as variety selection, irrigation and tillage, which may affect the factors identified as influencing WUE, can then be assessed.