Analysing lodging of the panicle bearing cereal teff (Eragrostis tef)

S.H. van Delden, J. Vos, A.R. Ennos, T.J. Stomph

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•Lodging, the permanent displacement of crop plants from their vertical because of root or shoot failure, is a major yield constraint of the gluten free, panicle bearing cereal teff. The objective of this paper was to analyse the causes of lodging of teff by using, modifying and validating conventional biomechanical models.•The model parameters were obtained from a field trial with two contrasting teff cultivars, using novel in situ and laboratory measurements under wet and dry conditions. Cross-species model validation was done with rice (Oryza sativa).•Teff is more susceptible to root lodging than to shoot lodging, although the data indicated that shoot strength is also insufficient. Hence, simultaneously breeding for both improved root anchorage and shoot strength is advocated.•The study showed that the lodging model, derived for the spike-bearing cereal wheat, needed modifications in order to be able to deal with panicle-bearing plants such as teff and rice. Water adhering to plants owing to rain or dew increased calculated lodging susceptibility. To prevent underestimation of lodging susceptibility, future lodging research should be done under completely wet conditions (water saturated soil and wetted shoots)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)696-707
JournalNew Phytologist
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • triticum-aestivum l
  • winter-wheat cultivars
  • structural development
  • anchorage strength
  • agronomic traits
  • zucc trotter
  • resistance
  • barley
  • mechanics
  • ethiopia


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