Stubble bacteria could drive frost risk

Updated October 19 2020 - 9:08am, first published October 18 2020 - 2:00am
DPIRD research scientist Ben Biddulph uses a thermal camera to inspect crop residues at the Dale research site, as part of a trial to confirm frost damage at warmer temperatures in crops associated with stubble retention.

A MAJOR breakthrough in frost research has been achieved, with the discovery that a type of bacteria found on some stubbles could elevate the risk of damage to cereal crops - particularly after rainfall events.

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