Water use efficiency in agriculture

Based on data analysis of the agronomy subject area and its related journals and the rise in Chinese research in this field in recent years, we selected 'water use efficiency in agriculture' as a theme for this article collection, and selected the highest cited articles of more than 30 Chinese authors in recent years. We trust that this article collection is a selection of quality articles to readers, and with the collection we hope to promote the research and progress in this field.

These articles are freely available until end of February 2019.

Improving agricultural water productivity to ensure food security in China under changing environment: From research to practice

Kang S., Hao X., Du T., Tong L., Su X., Lu H., Li X., Huo Z., Li S., Ding R.2017, Agricultural Water Management 179, 5-17

Quantification of biochar effects on soil hydrological properties using meta-analysis of literature data

Omondi M.O., Xia X., Nahayo A., Liu X., Korai P.K., Pan G.2016, Geoderma 274, 28-34

Effects of straw incorporation on the soil nutrient contents, enzyme activities, and crop yield in a semiarid region of China

Zhang P., Chen X., Wei T., Yang Z., Jia Z., Yang B., Han Q., Ren X.2016, Soil and Tillage Research 160, 65-72

Efficacy of planting date adjustment as a cultivation strategy to cope with drought stress and increase rainfed maize yield and water-use efficiency

Lu H.-D., Xue J.-Q., Guo D.-W.2017, Agricultural Water Management 179, 227-235

An Improved Analytic Hierarchy Process Method for the evaluation of agricultural water management in irrigation districts of north China

Sun H., Wang S., Hao X.2017, Agricultural Water Management 179, 324-337

Evaluation on the responses of maize (Zea mays L.) growth, yield and water use efficiency to drip irrigation water under mulch condition in the Hetao irrigation District of China

Liu H., Wang X., Zhang X., Zhang L., Li Y., Huang G.2017, Agricultural Water Management 179, 144-157

Improved water use efficiency and fruit quality of greenhouse crops under regulated deficit irrigation in northwest China

Yang H., Du T., Qiu R., Chen J., Wang F., Li Y., Wang C., Gao L., Kang S.2017, Agricultural Water Management 179, 193-204

Analysis of streamflow responses to climate variability and land use change in the Loess Plateau region of China

Zhang L., Karthikeyan R., Bai Z., Srinivasan R.2017, Catena 154, 1-11

Comparison of ET partitioning and crop coefficients between partial plastic mulched and non-mulched maize fields

Gong D., Mei X., Hao W., Wang H., Caylor K.K. 2017, Agricultural Water Management 181, 23-34

Ecological intensification management of maize in northeast China: Agronomic and environmental response

Zhao R., He P., Xie J., Johnston A.M., Xu X., Qiu S., Zhao S.2016, Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 224, 123-130

Ridge–furrow mulched with plastic film increases little in carbon dioxide efflux but much significant in biomass in a semiarid rainfed farming system

Zhang F., Li M., Zhang W., Li F., Qi J.2017, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 244-245, 33-41

Intercropping and agroforestry in China – Current state and trends

Hong Y., Heerink N., Jin S., Berentsen P., Zhang L., van der Werf W.2017, Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 244, 52-61

Towards the highly effective use of precipitation by ridge-furrow with plastic film mulching instead of relying on irrigation resources in a dry semi-humid area

Li C., Wen X., Wan X., Liu Y., Han J., Liao Y., Wu W.2016, Field Crops Research 188, 62-73

Intercropping maize and wheat with conservation agriculture principles improves water harvesting and reduces carbon emissions in dry areas

Hu F., Gan Y., Cui H., Zhao C., Feng F., Yin W., Chai Q.2016, European Journal of Agronomy 74 9, 17

Uncertainty of wheat water use: Simulated patterns and sensitivity to temperature and CO2

Cammarano D., Rötter R.P., Asseng S., Ewert F., Wallach D., Martre P., Hatfield J.L., Jones J.W., Rosenzweig, C., Ruane A.C., Boote K.J., Thorburn P.J., Kersebaum K.C., Aggarwal P.K., Angulo C., Basso B., Bertuzzi P., Biernath C., Brisson N., Challinor A.J., Doltra J., Gayler S., Goldberg R., Heng L., Hooker J.E., Hunt L.A., Ingwersen J., Izaurralde R.C., Müller C., Kumar S.N., Nendel C., O'Leary G., Olesen, J.E., Osborne T.M., Priesack E., Ripoche D., Steduto P., Stöckle C.O., Stratonovitch P., Streck T., Supit I., Tao F., Travasso M., Waha K., White J.W., Wolf J.2016, Field Crops Research, 198, 80-92

Sensitivity of soil water retention and availability to biochar addition in rainfed semi-arid farmland during a three-year field experiment

Xiao Q., Zhu L.-X., Shen Y.-F., Li S.-Q.2016, Field Crops Research 196, (284-293)

Effects of different soil conservation tillage approaches on soil nutrients, water use and wheat-maize yield in rainfed dry-land regions of North China

Shao Y., Xie Y., Wang C., Yue J., Yao Y., Li X., Liu W., Zhu Y., Guo T.2016, European Journal of Agronomy 81, 37-45

Modeling crop water consumption and water productivity in the middle reaches of Heihe River Basin

Li J., Zhu T., Mao X., Adeloye A.J.2016, Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 123, 242-255)

Optimising crop production and nitrate leaching in China: Measured and simulated effects of straw incorporation and nitrogen fertilization

Manevski K., Børgesen C.D., Li X., Andersen M.N., Zhang X., Abrahamsen P., Hu C., Hansen S.2016, European Journal of Agronomy 80 , 32-44

Ridge–furrow with plastic film mulching practice improves maize productivity and resource use efficiency under the wheat–maize double–cropping system in dry semi–humid areas

Li C., Wang C., Wen X., Qin X., Liu Y., Han J., Li Y., Liao Y., Wu W.2017, Field Crops Research 203, 201-211

Technologies and theoretical basis of light and simplified cotton cultivation in China

Dai J., Kong X., Zhang D., Li W., Dong H.2017, Field Crops Research 214, 142-148

Optimizing water use efficiency and economic return of super high yield spring maize under drip irrigation and plastic mulching in arid areas of China

Zhang G., Liu C., Xiao C., Xie R., Ming B., Hou P., Liu G., Xu W., Shen D., Wang K., Li S.2017, Field Crops Research 211, 137-146

Development of an irrigation scheduling software based on model predicted crop water stress

Gu Z., Qi Z., Ma L., Gui D., Xu J., Fang Q., Yuan S., Feng G.2017, Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 143, 208-221

Global sensitivity and uncertainty analysis of nitrate leaching and crop yield simulation under different water and nitrogen management practices

Liang H., Qi Z., DeJonge K.C., Hu K., Li B.2017, Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 142, 201-210

Biochar helps enhance maize productivity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions under balanced fertilization in a rainfed low fertility inceptisol

Zhang D., Pan G., Wu G., Kibue G.W., Li L., Zhang, X., Zheng J., Zheng J., Cheng K., Joseph S., Liu X2016, Chemosphere 142, 106-113

Distribution of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) in anaerobic digestion and land application of swine wastewater

Sui Q., Zhang J., Chen M., Tong J., Wang R., Wei Y.2016, Environmental Pollution 213, 751-759

Effects of virtual water flow on regional water resources stress: A case study of grain in China

Sun S., Wang Y., Engel B.A., Wu P.2016, Science of the Total Environment 550, 871-879

Volatile fatty acids (VFAs) production from swine manure through short-term dry anaerobic digestion and its separation from nitrogen and phosphorus resources in the digestate

Huang W., Huang W., Yuan T., Zhao Z., Cai W., Zhang Z., Lei Z., Feng C.2016, Water Research 90, 344-353

Sustainability assessment of regional water resources under the DPSIR framework

Sun S., Wang Y., Liu J., Cai H., Wu P., Geng Q., Xu L.2016, Journal of Hydrology 532, 140-148

Agricultural water supply/demand changes under projected future climate change in the arid region of northwestern China

Guo Y., Shen Y.2016, Journal of Hydrology 540, 257-273

A comprehensive analysis of blue water scarcity from the production, consumption, and water transfer perspectives

Liu J., Wang Y., Yu Z., Cao X., Tian L., Sun S., Wu P.2017, Ecological Indicators 72, 870-880

Nitrogen transformations in aquaponic systems: A review

Wongkiew S., Hu Z., Chandran K., Lee J.W., Khanal S.K.2017, Aquacultural Engineering 76,9-19

Phosphorus flow management of cropping system in Huainan, China, 1990-2012

Wu H., Zhang Y., Yuan Z., Gao L.2016, Journal of Cleaner Production 112, 39-48

Growing water scarcity, food security and government responses in China

Wang J., Li Y., Huang J., Yan T., Sun T.2017, Global Food Security 14, 9-17