Crop Responses to Environment: Adapting to Global Climate Change, Second Edition

Anthony E. Hall

February 26, 2018 by CRC Press
Reference - 256 Pages - 41 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138506381 - CAT# K39581

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Features

  • Examines crop responses to environment in relation to adapting to global climate change
  • Emphasizes principles and theories concerning plant responses to the environment for plants in natural as well as agricultural systems
  • Links plant physiological ecology with crop management and plant breeding
  • Contains many simple, but effective mathematical models that provide comprehensive descriptions of principles and applications
  • Fully illustrated with figures and tables to assist in understanding crop species that are effective in different climates and soil environments
  • Exhaustive references to key papers and reviews, and includes some up-to-date website addresses to data-bases on climate and irrigation management
  • Full of practical examples to illustrate how an understanding of Crop Responses to Environment can be used in developing improved crop production systems.

Summary

Following in the tradition of its predecessor, Crop Responses to Environment, this fully updated and more comprehensive second edition describes aspects of crop responses to environment that are particularly relevant to the development of improved crop cultivars and management methods on a global scale. It includes an extensive discussion of the difficulties in developing agricultural systems that accommodate increasing human needs for agricultural products during the twenty-first century in a sustainable manner. The book features new sections on adaptation to global climate change including adapting to global warming, elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration, and increased flooding and salinity through plant breeding and changes in crop management. Warming effects include stressful effects of heat on pollen development and reduced winter chilling effects on fruit and nut trees.

The book examines principles, theories, mathematical models, and experimental observations concerning plant responses to environment that are relevant to the development of improved crop cultivars and management methods. It illustrates the importance of considering emergent plant properties as well as reductionist approaches to understanding plant function and adaptation. Plant physiological and developmental responses to light and temperature, and plant water relations are considered in detail.

Dr. Hall also describes climatic zone definitions based on temperature, rainfall, and evaporative demand in relation to plant adaptation and the prediction of crop water use. Irrigation management and crop responses to salinity, flooding and toxic levels of boron and aluminum are considered. Crop responses to pests and diseases as they interact with crop responses to physical and chemical aspects of the environment are examined. The book concludes with analyses illustrating the relevance of crop responses to environment to plant breeding.

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