Crop Physiology: Case Histories of Major Crops updates the physiology of broad-acre crops with a focus on the genetic, environmental and management drivers of development, capture and efficiency in the use of radiation, water and nutrients, the formation of yield and aspects of quality.
These physiological process are presented in a double context of challenges and solutions. The challenges to increase plant-based food, fodder, fiber and energy against the backdrop of population increase, climate change, dietary choices and declining public funding for research and development in agriculture are unprecedented and urgent. The proximal technological solutions to these challenges are genetic improvement and agronomy. Hence, the premise of the book is that crop physiology is most valuable when it engages meaningfully with breeding and agronomy.
With contributions from 92 leading scientists from around the world, each chapter deals with a crop: maize, rice, wheat, barley, sorghum and oat; quinoa; soybean, field pea, chickpea, peanut, common bean, lentil, lupin and faba bean; sunflower and canola; potato, cassava, sugar beet and sugarcane; and cotton.
- A crop-based approach to crop physiology in a G x E x M context
- Captures the perspectives of global experts on 22 crops
9. Field Pea
12. Common bean
15. Faba bean
20. Sugar beet
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 ).