student profile: Mr Najeeb Alharbi


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Thesis work

Thesis title: Understanding Phenology and Early Pod Set in Faba Bean (Vicia faba L.) Under High Biomass Conditions

Supervisors: Helen BRAMLEY , Kedar ADHIKARI

Thesis abstract:

Faba bean is an important cool-season grain legume because of the high nutritional value in its seeds. Although faba bean is an attractive crop to farmers due to its high yield with relatively low input, there is a wide variation between the production of seed yield and biomass. The faba bean has a very poor flowering to pod ratio with only 15–20 % of flowers resulting in pods. Matching phenology of crops to the environment is an important key to improving adaptation and increasing yields. This has become a major global focus in breeding all cool-season food legumes for local and broad adaptation. In addition, yield components viz. the number and size of seeds are heavily influenced by environment.«br /» Environmental factors, such as temperature and photoperiod, control flowering and grain yield. Consequently, the development of genotypes with a suitable phenology is required to adapt to a particular environment. This depends on the understanding of the main environment factors affecting plant growth, identify the strongest yield components affecting yield, and find trait associated with the tolerance to abiotic stress such as frost, which can lead to greater yield, and be of vital interest in breeding programs.

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