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The main objective of this study is to investigate the impact of elevating temperature and CO2 air concentration on the nutritive value of Dactylis glomerata L. growing in permanent grassland managed under cutting. Changes in nutritive value is mainly supported by plant related measurements like development state determination, leaf to stem proportion, and their synchrony in relation to maturity & response to the simulated biotic stress condition. These relevant information are useful to understand changes in plant morphology, phenology and forage quality, as a result of a changing climate. Predicting the response of the forage crop to stress conditions will help to adjust management practices, determine the optimum harvest date at the proper stage of maturity to achieve highest nutritive value, which will be positively reflected on the animal’s performance. This will end up with a profitable, environmentally friendly grassland-based dairy production system.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2015-01-01 - 2015-09-30

On the 1st of January 2015, a new project submission and management system for the project financed by Land Niederösterreich comes into effect. The present proposal was written to continue and complete the project: “Development and characterization of multi-functional bio-based composites” through a new project, also to comply with the new European regulations. The proposed time-period is 01/01/2015 till 30/09/2015. The new project is designed to continue the financial support for Miss Pauline Rivière PhD study, which has started in October 2012 within the framework of the European Regional Development Fund (EFRE) project BIOFUNK, in order to complete the ongoing PhD project.

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