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The Role of Plant Roots in Crop Production

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The Role of Plant Roots in Crop Production presents the state of knowledge on environmental factors in root growth and development and their effect on the improvement of the yield of annual crops. This book addresses the role of roots in crop production and includes references to numerous annual crops. In addition, it brings together the issues and the state-of-the-art technologies that affect root growth, with comprehensive reviews to facilitate efficient, sustainable, economical, and environmentally responsible crop production. Written for plant scientists, crop scientists, horticulturalists, and soil scientists, plant physiologists, breeders, environmental scientists, agronomists, and undergraduate and graduate students in different disciplines of agricultural science, The Role of Plant Roots in Crop Production: * Addresses root architecture and development dynamics to help users improve crop productivity * Emphasizes crop production, plant nutrition, and soil chemistry relative to root growth and functions * Covers root morphology, root functions, nutrient and water uptake by roots, root-soil interactions, root-environment interactions, root-microbe interactions, physiology of root crops, and management practices to improve root growth * Supports content with experimental results, and additional data is presented with pictures Increasing food production worldwide has become a major issue in the 21st century. Stagnation in grain yield of important food crops in recent years in developed, as well as developing, countries has contributed to a sharp increase in food prices. Furthermore, higher grain yield will be needed in the future to feed a burgeoning world population with a rising standard of living that requires more grain per capita. Technologies that enhance productivity, ensure environmental safety, and conserve natural resources are required to meet this challenge.
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Types of Plant Roots, Their Measurements, and Associations with Yield Roots of Cereals, Legumes, and Grasses Root-to-Shoot Ratio Contribution of Root, Shoot, and Grain in the Total Plant Weight Root Length Specific Root Length Root Dry Weight Surface Area Root Depth and Density Root Development Relative to Plant Growth Stage Crop Yield versus Root Growth Uptake of Nutrients by Roots Forms of Absorption and Functions of Essential Nutrients in Plants Nutrient-Deficiency/Sufficiency Diagnostic Techniques Uptake of Nutrients by Crop Plants Nutrient Interaction Nutrient Use Efficiency Mechanisms Involved in Nutrient Uptake and Use Efficiency Role of Crops in Improving Nutrient Use Efficiency under Biotic and Abiotic Stresses Breeding for Nutrient Use Efficiency Nutrient Requirements of Conventional and Transgenic Plants Absorption of Water by Roots Water Requirement of Annual Crops Estimating Crop Water Use Water Use Efficiency in Crop Plants Importance of Water to Mineral Nutrition of Crop Plants Water Deficits versus Salinity Water Deficits versus Soil Microbiology Drought Management Strategies for Reducing Drought Rhizosphere Chemistry Effect of Oxygen on Root Growth Physical, Chemical, and Biological Changes The Rhizosphere Chemistry of Flooded Rice Introduction Rice Ecosystems Type of Soils Used for Lowland Rice Cultivation Physical, Biological, and Chemical Changes in the Flooded or Submerged Soils Mycorrhizal Associations in the Rhizosphere Taxonomy and Biology of Mycorrhizal Fungi Factors Affecting Mycorrhizal Colonization Benefits of Mycorrhizal Fungi Use of Mycorrhizae in the Cropping Systems Effects of Mineral Nutrition on Root Growth of Crop Plants Macronutrients Micronutrients Ecophysiology of Major Root Crops Sugar Beet Cassava Sweet Potato Carrot Management Strategies for Maximizing Root Systems Optimizing Soil Physical Properties Optimizing Soil Chemical Properties Optimizing Soil Biological Properties Optimizing Cultural Practices Breeding Crop Varieties for Better Root Systems

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