Sarah Hoppen

PhD Candidate

Impact of fall dormancy rating and defoliation frequency on yield and persistence of lucerne monocultures 3-5 years after establishment

Research overview

Lucerne (alfalfa) genotypes are described by their fall dormancy (FD) which ranges from winter active to winter dormancy according to plant breeders. This project will determine what is meant by fall dormancy and how it is affected by the frequency of defoliation. This project will look at years three to five of a field experiment that formed the basis of Hung Ta’s PhD (Years 1 and 2) and is supervised by Professor Derrick Moot.