New Zealand GRASS

Rebecca received a Global Research Alliance Senior Scientist award to collaborate with AgResearch scientists in Palmerston North, NZ, from January 11 – April 2, 2016. During her stay, the team quantified N2O soil-to-atmosphere greenhouse gas emissions from high- and low-sugar perennial ryegrass material that had either high- or low-endophyte infection status and was being grown in the New Zealand Free Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment facility. High sugar grasses and endophyte-grass symbioses are arguably the two most important developments in plant breeding for grasslands in recent times. Our research is therefore evaluating the possibility of managing N2O emissions through plant selection and endophyte manipulation within a climate change scenario.

Data are being analyzed and written up.