Is there potential to adapt soybean (Glycine maxMerr.) to future [CO2]?:an analysis of the yield response of 18 genotypes in free-air CO2 enrichment

Bishop, Kristen A. and Betzelberger, Amy M. and Long, Stephen P. and Ainsworth, Elizabeth A. (2015) Is there potential to adapt soybean (Glycine maxMerr.) to future [CO2]?:an analysis of the yield response of 18 genotypes in free-air CO2 enrichment. Plant, Cell and Environment, 38 (9). pp. 1765-1774. ISSN 0140-7791

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Abstract

Rising atmospheric [CO2] is a uniform, global change that increases C-3 photosynthesis and could offset some of the negative effects of global climate change on crop yields. Genetic variation in yield responsiveness to rising [CO2] would provide an opportunity to breed more responsive crop genotypes. A multi-year study of 18 soybean (Glycine maxMerr.) genotypes was carried out to identify variation in responsiveness to season-long elevated [CO2] (550ppm) under fully open-air replicated field conditions. On average across 18 genotypes, elevated [CO2] stimulated total above-ground biomass by 22%, but seed yield by only 9%, in part because most genotypes showed a reduction in partitioning of energy to seeds. Over four years of study, there was consistency from year to year in the genotypes that were most and least responsive to elevated [CO2], suggesting heritability of CO2 response. Further analysis of six genotypes did not reveal a photosynthetic basis for the variation in yield response. Although partitioning to seed was decreased, cultivars with the highest partitioning coefficient in current [CO2] also had the highest partitioning coefficient in elevated [CO2]. The results show the existence of genetic variation in soybean response to elevated [CO2], which is needed to breed soybean to the future atmospheric environment. This study investigated the response of 18 soybean varieties to elevated carbon dioxide concentrations ([CO2]) in the field. There was variation in the response of seed yield in the genotypes, ranging from no stimulation to a 22% increase in yield, and consistency from year to year in the varieties that were the most and least responsive to elevated [CO2]. Results support the potential to breed crops for enhanced CO2 response.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Plant, Cell and Environment
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1300/1314
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 84512
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 02 Feb 2017 14:44
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2020 03:12
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/84512

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