Improving Water and Nutrient-use Efficiency in Food Production Systems

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  • Copyright: 4/1/2013
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Improving Water and Nutrient Use Efficiency in Food Production Systems provides professionals, students, and policy makers with an in-depth view of various aspects of water and nutrient us in crop production. The book covers topics related to global economic, political, and social issues related to food production and distribution, describes various strategies and mechanisms that increase water and nutrient use efficiency, and review te curren situation and potential improvements in major food-producing systems on each continent. The book also deals with problems experienced by developed countries separtaely from problems facing developing countries. Improving Water and Nutrient Use Efficiency emphasizes judicious water and nutrient management which is aimed at maximising water and nutrient utilisation in the agricultural landscape, and minimising undesirable nutrient losses to the environment.

Author Biography

Zed Rengel is Winthrop Professor in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Western Australia.

Table of Contents

Part I: Global trends in water and nutrient supply and demand in food productin

1. Global mismatch between food production and food consumption (Joachim von Braun)

2. Climate change: altered patterns of water supply and demand influencing food production (Werner von Bloh)

3. Translating water into food: how water cycles in natural and agricultural landscapes (Muhuddin Rajin Anway)

4. Nutrients as limited earth resources: global trends in fertilizer production and use (Patrick Heffer)

Part II: Mechanisms underlying water and nutrient use efficiency

5. Water cycling in the soil-plant continuum (Gary Paterson)

6. Nutrient cyclying in the soil-microbe-plant continuum (Eckhard George)

7. Physiological mechanisms of water use efficiency (Sven-Erik Jacobsen)

8. Agronomic principles of water use efficiency (John Passioura)

9. Physiological mechanisms and agronomic principles of nutrient use efficiency (Zed Rengel)

10. Breeding approaches to increasing water use efficiency (Y. Saranga)

11. Breeding approaches to increasing nutrient use efficiency (Hans-Joachim Braun)

12. Using simulation modelling of root growth and function as an aid in breeding for increase water and nutrient use efficiency (Jonathan Lynch)

13. Matching soil nutrient supply and crop nutrient demand during the gorwing season (Terry Rose)

14. Use of organic fertilizers alone or in combination  with inorganic ones: effects on water and nutrient use efficiency (R.K. Nanwal)

Part III: Current status and future directions regarding increased water and nutrient use efficiency in food production systems

15. North America (Mark Licht)

16. Europe (Marcello Mastrorilli)

17. Asia (Fusuo Zhang)

18. Africa (A. Mando)

19. South America (Nand Kumar)

20. Oceania (D.J. Moot)


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