Crop Physiology

1st Edition

Applications for Genetic Improvement and Agronomy

Editors: Victor Sadras Daniel Calderini
Authors: Victor Sadras Daniel Calderini
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123744319
eBook ISBN: 9780080922294
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 15th April 2009
Page Count: 604
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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.

Key Features

  • 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 with publication records of demonstrable influence and impact

  • 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


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 microbiologists

Tertiary: Students of plant breeding and crop ecophysiology

Table of Contents

  1. Sustainable Agriculture and Crop Physiology Victor Sadras, Daniel Calderini and David Connor

Part 1 –Farming Systems: Case Studies

  1. Farming Systems of Australia: Exploiting the Synergy between Genetic Improvement and Agronomy Ralph A. Fischer

  2. Farming Systems of Argentina: Yield Constraints and Risk Management
    Pablo Calviño and Juan Monzon

  3. Improving Farming Systems in Northern European Conditions Pirjo Peltonen-Sainio, Ari Rajala, Hannu Känkänen and Kaija Hakala

  4. Cereal-based Cropping Systems in Asia: Nutrition and Disease Management Ram C. Sharma

Part 2 - Capture and Efficiency in the Use of Resources: Quantitative Frameworks

  1. Improving Productivity to Face Water Scarcity in Irrigated Agriculture Elias Fereres and Victoria González-Dugo

  2. Crop Radiation Capture and Use Efficiency: A Framework for Crop Growth Analysis Claudio O. Stöckle and Armen R. Kemanian

  3. Quantifying Crop Responses to Nitrogen Deficiency and Avenues to Improve Nitrogen-use Efficiency Gilles Lemaire and François Gastal

Part 3 – Crop physiology, Genetic Improvement, and Agronomy

  1. Darwinian Agriculture: Real, Imaginary and Complex Trade-offs as Constraints and Opportunities R. Ford Denison

  2. Modelling Crop Improvement in a G x E x M Framework via Gene-trait-phenotype Relationships Carlos Messina, Graeme Hammer, Zhanshan Dong, Dean Podlich and Mark Cooper

  3. Integration of Biotechnology, Plant Breeding and Crop Physiology: Dealing with Complex Interactions from a Physiological Perspective<BR id=


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About the Editor

Victor Sadras

Affiliations and Expertise

South Australian R&D Institute, Adelaide, Australia

Daniel Calderini

Affiliations and Expertise

Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile

About the Author

Victor Sadras

Affiliations and Expertise

South Australian R&D Institute, Adelaide, Australia

Daniel Calderini

Affiliations and Expertise

Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile


"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