Dr Edmar Teixeira
Plant and Food Research
Edmar has a Master’s degree in agronomy from the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, and a PhD in crop physiology from Lincoln University. His main research focus is biophysical processes in cropping systems. Edmar uses biophysical modelling to simulate crop performance across locations and time periods. He hopes to provide new insights to help manage cropping systems today and in the future.
“For the Hill Country Futures project, we are spatially simulating lucerne growth across climates and soils in New Zealand to map its suitability as a forage crop. We will link historical daily weather data from NIWA and soil types from Landcare, using the Agricultural Production Systems sIMulator (APSIM) to simulate crop growth. We’ll use lucerne as the case study, with the aim of developing a method to identify other suitable legumes and growing areas in New Zealand, and factors that could affect yield.”