The Root Systems in Sustainable Agricultural Intensification summarises the state-of-the-art knowledge in theoretical and practical aspects of agricultural management to enhance root system architecture and function that underpin efficient use of water and nutrient resources in various food, feed and fibre production systems.
This book will emphasise agricultural measures that enhance root capacity to develop and function under a range of water and nutrient regimes to (i) maximise food, feed and fibre production per unit of resources utilised in the agricultural landscapes and (ii) minimise undesirable water and nutrient losses to the environment. A variety of soil, plant, agronomy, farming systems, breeding, molecular and other aspects are considered.
This reference book will provide professionals, researchers, and students with an indepth view of various aspects of root structure and function in intensive agricultural systems, underpinning efficient water and nutrient use in food, feed and fibre production. The book will cover topics related to global economic and social issues related to, or underpinning, agricultural intensification, discuss soil-root interactions from the molecular to the agroecosystem points of view, describe various strategies and mechanisms that underpin increased water- and nutrient-use efficiency, and bring together natural and agricultural systems to emphasise the continuity of traits and mechanisms.
Chapter 1: Sustainable Intensification: Meaning, Need, Components, and Role of Root Systems
Chapter 2: Genetic and Molecular Regulation of Root Growth and Development
Chapter 3: Plant Roots for Sustainable Soil Structure Management in Cropping Systems
Chapter 4: Dynamics of Root Systems in Crop and Pasture Genotypes over the Last 100 Years: Lessons Learned
Chapter 5: Interplay between Root Structure and Function in Enhancing Efficiency of Nitrogen and Phosphorus Acquisition
Chapter 6: Root-Microbe Interactions Influencing Water and Nutrient Acquisition Efficiency
Chapter 7: The Interplay between Roots and Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi Influencing Water and Nutrient Acquisition and Use Efficiency
Chapter 8: Role of Seed Priming in Root Development and Crop Production
Chapter 9: Water Uptake in Drying Soil: Balancing Supply and Demand
Chapter 10: Winter Wheat and Summer Maize Roots in Agro-Ecosystems on the North China Plain
Chapter 11: Intercropping to Maximize Root-Root Interactions in Agricultural Plants: Soil-Root Interface Processes
Chapter 12: Intercropping to Maximize Root-Root Interactions in Agricultural Plants: Agronomic Aspects
Chapter 13: The 3-D Imaging of Roots Growing in Soil
Chapter 14: Simulating the Diversity and Plasticity of Root Systems Using 3D Models of the Root System Architecture
Chapter 15: Phenotyping-Modelling Interfaces to Advance Breeding for Optimized Crop Root Systems