Aarhus Universitets segl

Seed production - grasses

Main subject area: Agronomy, Seed Production and Technology

Short project description

Denmark is globally leading in seed production in temperate grass species. Grass seed is used in forage mixtures or in turf – for private or professionals.

The research in AGRO deals with the optimization of management practices in order to improve seed yield and quality. Important quality parameters are rapid and uniform germination, and that harvested material is free from weed seeds.

The project aims at studying seed yield and quality parameters in grasses and how this may be influenced by different management practices.

There are several relevant topics. Below are listed some, but your ideas are also welcome.

Is fructan accumulation in autumn affected by weed control strategies?

Does the application of nutrients at sowing enhance establishment?

How is germination rate affected by temperature?

The project can be carried out in collaboration with partners in the Danish seed industry.

The benefit from working with seed quality parameters and as an example germination, is the short duration of project cycle. You will be able to generate your own data to analyze during the thesis.

Department and supervisor

Project start

Any time

Physical location of project and students work

Department of Agroecology, AU-Flakkebjerg, 4200 Slagelse

Extent and type of project

30 ECTS: Theoretical thesis based on literature studies and/or analysis of issued and edited data sets.
45 ECTS: Experimental theses in which the student is responsible for collection and analysis of his/her own original data
60 ECTS: Experimental theses in which the student is responsible for planning, trial design and collection and analysis of his/her own original data

Additional information

Abel, S, Gislum, R & Boelt, B 2017, 'Path and correlation analysis of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) seed yield components', Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science, vol. 203, no. 4, pp. 338-344. https://doi.org/10.1111/jac.12202
Boelt, B & Studer, B 2010, Breeding for Grass Seed Yield. in B Boller, UK Posselt & F Veronesi (eds), Handbook of Plant Breeding: Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses. vol. 5, Springer, Springer New York, pp. 161-174. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0760-8_7
Imran, M, Mahmood, A, Neumann, G & Boelt, B 2021, 'Zinc seed priming improves spinach germination at low temperature', Agriculture (Switzerland), vol. 11, no. 3, 271. https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture11030271