8. The Molecular Genetics of Nitrogen Use Efficiency in Crops

  1. Malcolm J. Hawkesford and
  2. Peter Barraclough
  1. Bertrand Hirel1 and
  2. Peter J. Lea2

Published Online: 13 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470960707.ch8

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

Hirel, B. and Lea, P. J. (2011) The Molecular Genetics of Nitrogen Use Efficiency in 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.ch8

Editor Information

  1. Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Département Adaptation des Plantes à leur Environnement, Institut National de la Recherche, Agronomique, Route de Saint-Cyr, Versailles, France

  2. 2

    Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, Lancaster, 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:

  • molecular genetics of nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) in crops - and crop improvement;
  • improving NUE - in cultivated crops, a major challenge;
  • nitrogen metabolism - and its management;
  • nitrate, principal nitrogen source - for wild and crop species;
  • main reactions, in nitrogen assimilation in higher plants;
  • identification of key genes - using reverse and forward genetics;
  • main goals of functional genomics - new structural and regulatory genes;
  • new developments in systems biology - systems biology, and “omics” data sets;
  • metabolic, biochemical and molecular markers - for diagnostic and breeding;
  • combination of genetic studies - and system biology approaches, crop genotypes and target genes

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Abstract

  • Introduction

  • Nitrogen Metabolism and Its Management

  • Identification of Key Genes Using Reverse and Forward Genetics

  • Conclusions and Perspectives

  • References