4. Optimizing Canopy Physiology Traits to Improve the Nutrient Utilization Efficiency of Crops

  1. Malcolm J. Hawkesford and
  2. Peter Barraclough
  1. M. John Foulkes1 and
  2. Erik H. Murchie2

Published Online: 13 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470960707.ch4

The Molecular and Physiological Basis of Nutrient Use Efficiency in Crops

The Molecular and Physiological Basis of Nutrient Use Efficiency in Crops

How to Cite

Foulkes, M. J. and Murchie, E. H. (2011) Optimizing Canopy Physiology Traits to Improve the Nutrient Utilization Efficiency of Crops, in The Molecular and Physiological Basis of Nutrient Use Efficiency in Crops (eds M. J. Hawkesford and P. Barraclough), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470960707.ch4

Editor Information

  1. Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Division of Plant and Crop Sciences, University of Nottingham, School of Biosciences Leicestershire, UK

  2. 2

    Division of Plant and Crop Sciences, University of Nottingham, Leicestershire, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 JUL 2011
  2. Published Print: 19 AUG 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813819921

Online ISBN: 9780470960707

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Keywords:

  • optimizing canopy physiology traits - nutrient utilization efficiency of crops;
  • mineral nutrient fertilizer - cost of production, for growers;
  • crops, increased nutrient use efficiency - economic benefit, to farmers;
  • strategies, for optimizing canopy physiology traits – and NUE;
  • canopy traits, for enhacing radiation capture - and RUE;
  • canopy traits, photosynthetic capacity, per unit nutrient uptake - yield improved by RUE increase;
  • optimizing nitrogen distribution - in canopies, in relation to light attenuation;
  • identifying strategies - increasing NUE by crop canopies;
  • key physiological processes - underlying nutrient-efficient genotypes

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Abstract

  • Rationale for improved nutrient economy of crops

  • Canopy traits for enhacing radiation capture and RUE

  • Increasing radiation interception per unit nutrient uptake

  • Canopy traits to increase photosynthetic capacity per unit nutrient uptake

  • Conclusions

  • References