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The Molecular Basis of Nutrient Use Efficiency in Crops

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The Molecular Basis of Nutrient Use Efficiency in Crops

Malcolm J. Hawkesford, Peter Barraclough

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Authors: Malcolm J. Hawkesford, Peter Barraclough

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Efforts to increase efficient nutrient use by crops are of growing importance as the global demand for food, fibre and fuel increases and competition for resources intensifies. The Molecular and Physiological Basis of Nutrient Use Efficiency in Crops provides both a timely summary of the latest advances in the field as well as anticipating directions for future research.

The Molecular and Physiological Basis of Nutrient Use Efficiency in Crops bridges the gap between agronomic practice and molecular biology by linking underpinning molecular mechanisms to the physiological and agronomic aspects of crop yield. These chapters provide an understanding of molecular and physiological mechanisms that will allow researchers to continue to target and improve complex traits for crop improvement.

Written by leading international researchers, The Molecular and Physiological Basis of Nutrient Use Efficiency in Crops will be an essential resource for the crop science community for years to come.

Special Features:

  • Coalesces current knowledge in the areas of efficient acquisition and utilization of nutrients by crop plants with emphasis on modern developments
  • Addresses future directions in crop nutrition in the light of changing climate patterns including temperature and water availability
  • Bridges the gap between traditional agronomy and molecular biology with focus on underpinning molecular mechanisms and their effects on crop yield
  • Includes contributions from a leading team of global experts in both research and practical settings

Additional Information

Author Malcolm J. Hawkesford, Peter Barraclough
Availability In Print
Dimensions Unknown
Extent 512pp
ISBN 9780813819921
Publication date August 2011
Book Type Hardcover



Part I: Generic Aspects of Crop Nutrition.

Chapter 1: An Overview of Nutrient Use Efficiency and Strategies for Crop Improvement ((Malcolm J. Hawkesford).

Chapter 2: Crop Root Systems and Nutrient Uptake from Soils (Peter J. Gregory).

Chapter 3: The Role of the Rhizosphere in Nutrient Use Efficiency in Crops (Petra Marschner).

Chapter 4: Optimizing Canopy Physiology Traits to Improve the Nutrient Utilization Efficiency of Crops (M.J. Foulkes and E.H. Murchie).

Chapter 5: Senescence and Nutrient Remobilization in Crop Plants (Per L. Gregersen).

Chapter 6: Effects of Nitrogen and Sulfur Nutrition on Grain Composition and Properties of Wheat and Related Cereals (Peter R. Shewry).

Part II: Nitrogen as a Key Driver of Production.

Chapter 7: Genetic Improvement of Nutrient Use Efficiency in Wheat (Jacques Le Gouis).

Chapter 8: The Molecular Genetics of Nitrogen Use Efficiency in Crops (Bertrand Hirel and Peter J. Lea).

Chapter 9: Biotechnological Approaches to Improving Nitrogen Use Efficiency in Plants: Alanine Aminotransferase as a Case Study (Allen G. Good and Perrin H. Beatty).

Chapter 10: Transporters Involved in Nitrogen Uptake and Movement (Anthony J. Miller and Nick Chapman).

Chapter 11: Crop Improvement for Nitrogen Use Efficiency in Irrigated Lowland Rice (Shaobing Peng).

Part III: Other Critical Macro- and Micronutrients.

Chapter 12: Phosphorus as a Critical Macronutrient (Carroll P. Vance).

Chapter 13: Uptake, Distribution, and Physiological Functions of Potassium, Calcium, and Magnesium (Frans J.M. Maathuis and Dorina Podar).

Chapter 14: Sulfur Nutrition in Crop Plants (Luit J. De Kok, Ineke Stulen, and Malcolm J. Hawkesford).

Chapter 15: Iron Nutrition and Implications for Biomass Production and the Nutritional Quality of Plant Products (Jean-François Briat).

Chapter 16: Zinc in Soils and Crop Nutrition (Behzad Sadeghzadeh and Zed Rengel).

Chapter 17: Overview of the Acquisition and Utilization of Boron, Chlorine, Copper, Manganese, Molybdenum, and Nickel by Plants and Prospects for Improvement of Micronutrient Use Efficiency (Patrick H. Brown and Elias Bassil).

Part IV: Specialized Case Studies.

Chapter 18: Drought and Implications for Nutrition (E. Ober and M.A.J. Parry).

Chapter 19: Salt Resistance of Crop Plants: Physiological Characterization of a Multigenic Trait (Sven Schubert).

Chapter 20: Legumes and Nitrogen Fixation: Physiological, Molecular, Evolutionary Perspectives, and Applications (Muthusubramanian Venkateshwaran and Jean-Michel Ané).


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