Crop Physiology

Applications for Genetic Improvement and Agronomy

Edited by

  • Victor Sadras, South Australian R&D Institute, Adelaide, Australia
  • Daniel Calderini, Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile


  • Victor Sadras, South Australian R&D Institute, Adelaide, Australia
  • Daniel Calderini, Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile

Never before has a holistic approach to sustainable agriculture and plant physiology been presented in one source. This book compiles a multi-authored and international perspective on the ways in which crop physiology could be integrated with other disciplines. 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.
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Primary:Agronomists; plant geneticists and plant breeding professionals; crop physiologists, ecologists, and ecophysiologists; plant physiologists Secondary:horticultural scientists; those involved with grain and cereal crops and sustainable agriculture; environmental microbiologistsTertiary:Students of plant breeding and crop ecophysiology


Book information

  • Published: April 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-374431-9


"This volume is a compilation of 21 reviews, ably edited and presented in three parts as Farming System, Capture and Use of Resources and Crop Physiology…The scale The book contains a great deal of useful information…"---Experimental Agriculture

"This book provides deep and detailed study of the latest research problems in crop physiology for breeders, geneticist, ecologists, ecophysiologists and physiologists; therefore, this book is recommendable to practitioners of, all those who want to implement the most recent advances in crop technology. Moreover, this textbook is a valuable reference for physiology and agronomy students."--Acta Physiologiae Plantarum

Table of Contents

1. Sustainable Agriculture and Crop PhysiologyVictor Sadras, Daniel Calderini and David ConnorPart 1 -Farming Systems: Case Studies2. Farming Systems of Australia: Exploiting the Synergy between Genetic Improvement and Agronomy Ralph A. Fischer 3. Farming Systems of Argentina: Yield Constraints and Risk Management Pablo Calvi√Īo and Juan Monzon 4. Improving Farming Systems in Northern European ConditionsPirjo Peltonen-Sainio, Ari Rajala, Hannu K√§nk√§nen and Kaija Hakala5. Cereal-based Cropping Systems in Asia: Nutrition and Disease ManagementRam C. SharmaPart 2 - Capture and Efficiency in the Use of Resources: Quantitative Frameworks 6. Improving Productivity to Face Water Scarcity in Irrigated AgricultureElias Fereres and Victoria Gonz√°lez-Dugo7. Crop Radiation Capture and Use Efficiency: A Framework for Crop Growth AnalysisClaudio O. St√∂ckle and Armen R. Kemanian 8. Quantifying Crop Responses to Nitrogen Deficiency and Avenues to Improve Nitrogen-use EfficiencyGilles Lemaire and Fran√ßois GastalPart 3 - Crop physiology, Genetic Improvement, and Agronomy 9. Darwinian Agriculture: Real, Imaginary and Complex Trade-offs as Constraints and OpportunitiesR. Ford Denison 10. Modelling Crop Improvement in a G x E x M Framework via Gene-trait-phenotype RelationshipsCarlos Messina, Graeme Hammer, Zhanshan Dong, Dean Podlich and Mark Cooper 11. Integration of Biotechnology, Plant Breeding and Crop Physiology: Dealing with Complex Interactions from a Physiological PerspectiveFernando H. Andrade, Rodrigo G. Sala, Ana C. Pontaroli and Alberto Le√≥n12. Crop Development: Genetic Control, Environmental Modulation and Relevance for Genetic Improvement of Crop YieldGustavo Slafer, Adriana Kantolic, Maria Appendino, Daniel Miralles, and Roxana Savin13. Crop Roots Systems Form and Function: Improving the Capture of Water and Nutrients with Vigorous Root SystemsJairo Palta and Michelle Watt14. Integrated Views in Plant Breeding: Modern Approaches for an Old TopicGrazia M. Borrelli, Pasquale De Vita, Anna M. Mastrangelo, and Luigi Cattivelli15. Genetic Improvement of Grain Crops: Yield PotentialM. John Foulkes, Matthew P. Reynolds, and Roger Sylvester-Bradley 16. Management and Breeding Strategies for the Improvement of Grain and Oil QualityLuis Aguirrez√°bal, Pierre Martre, Gustavo Pereyra-Irujo, Natalia Izquierdo, and Vincent Allard17. Dynamics of Crop-Pathogen Interactions: From Gene to Continental ScaleRobert F. Park, Michael Ayliffe, Jeremy J. Burdon, and David Guest 18. Improving Crop Competitiveness with Weeds: Adaptations and Tradeoffs Glenn K. McDonald and Gurjeet S. Gill19. Dynamic and Functional Monitoring Technologies for Applications in Crop Management Daniel Rodriguez, Andrew J. Robson, and Robert Belford20. Crop Physiology, Modelling and Climate Change: Impact and Adaptation Strategies Senthold Asseng, Weixing Cao, Weijian Zhang and Fulco Ludwig 21. Whither Crop Physiology? Antonio Hall and Victor Sadras