From climate change to farming systems to genetic modification of organisms, Crop Physiology, Second Edition provides a practical tool for understanding the relationships and challenges of successful cropping. With a focus on genetic improvement and agronomy, this book addresses the challenges of environmentally sound production of bulk and quality food, fodder, fiber, and energy which are of ongoing international concern. The second edition of Crop Physiology continues to provide a unique analysis of these topics while reflecting important changes and advances in the relevant science and implementation systems.
Contemporary agriculture confronts the challenge of increasing demand in terms of quantitative and qualitative production targets. These targets have to be achieved against the background of soil and water scarcity, worldwide and regional shifts in the patterns of land use driven by both climate change and the need to develop crop-based sources of energy, and the environmental and social aspects of agricultural sustainability.
- Provides a view of crop physiology as an active source of methods, theories, ideas, and tools for application in genetic improvement and agronomy
- Written by leading scientists from around the world
- Combines environment-specific cropping systems and general principles of crop science to appeal to advanced students, and scientists in agriculture-related disciplines, from molecular sciences to natural resources management
nature, significance and applications 14. Model assisted phenotyping and ideotype design 15. Crop phenotyping for physiological breeding in grain crops: a case study for maize 16. Breeding challenge: improving yield potential 17. Improving grain quality. Ecophysiological and modelling tools to develop management and breeding strategies 18. Integrated views in plant breeding: from the perspective of biotechnology 19. Integration of biotechnology, plant breeding and crop physiology. Dealing with complex interactions from a physiological perspective 20. Crop modelling for climate change impact and adaptation
Victor Sadras is a crop ecophysiologist with interest in the adaptation of crops to environmental stresses, including water deficit, extreme temperatures, nutrient deficit, soil physical and chemical constraints, pathogens and insects. He has measured and modelled aspects of the water, carbon and nitrogen economies of annual (wheat, field pea, chickpea, sunflower, maize, soybean, cotton) and perennial crops (grapevine, olive) in rain-fed and irrigated systems.
Dr. Daniel Calderini, is a full professor of the Plant Production and Health Institute of this University Specializing in the Physiology of Crops and Cereals. He is Coordinator in Chile of the Network "Improvement of the efficiency in the use of inputs and phenological adjustment in wheat and barley crops" (METRICE) of the Ibero-American Program of Science and Technology for Development. He is also Project Director " Expansin Formulas to Increase Yield in Wheat" . and Coordinator Responsible for the Project "Equipment Laboratory of Physiology of Crops and Seeds " (LAFICYS) -Universidad Austral de Chile (EQ-91). Further, he is an External Researcher of the Project "E strategies to increase the number of grains in wheat and soybeans based on ecophysical attributes" and is the Director of the Project "Physiological and genetic bases of the weight of grains in wheat". Sustainable Modernization of Traditional Agriculture ( MASAGRO ), Mexico and International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement ( CIMMYT ).