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Modeling Physiology of Crop Development, Growth and Yield
By: Afshin Soltani, Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Iran, Thomas Sinclair, University of Florida, USA
March 2012 | Hardback | 336 Pages | 9781845939700
$220.40 | £115.35 | €148.30
DescriptionModel studies focus experimental investigations to improve our understanding and performance of systems. Concentrating on crop modeling, this book provides an introduction to the concepts of crop development, growth, and yield, with step-by-step outlines to each topic, suggested exercises and simple equations. A valuable text for students and researchers of crop development alike, this book is written in five parts that allow the reader to develop a solid foundation and coverage of production models including water- and nitrogen-limited systems.
Table of contents
- Part I: Background
- 1: What is a crop model?
- 2: Fundamental Guides in Constructing Crop Models
- 3: Evaluation of Model to Meet Objectives
- 4: Applications of Crop Models
- 5: Status of Crop Modeling
- Part II: Potential Production Models
- 6: Phenology - Temperature
- 7: Phenology - Temperature & Photoperiod
- 8: Phenology - Vernalization
- 9: Crop Leaf Area
- 10: Dry Matter Production
- 11: Dry Matter Distribution and Yield Formation
- 12: A Model for Potential Production
- Part III: Water-Limited Models
- 13: Soil Water
- 14: Soil Water Balance
- 15: Plant Responses to Soil Water Deficit and Excess
- 16: A Model for Water-Limited Conditions
- Part IV: Nitrogen-Limited Models
- 17: Plant Nitrogen Budget
- 18: Soil Nitrogen Balance
- 19: A Model for Nitrogen-Limited Conditions
- 20: Appendices
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Dr. Afshin Soltani has a Ph.D. in Crop Physiology and more than 100 peer-reviewed, scientific publications. He has worked at Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Gorgan, Iran for more than 12 years. He serves on several editorial boards (International Journal of Plant Production, Agronomy Journal, and European Journal of Agronomy). His research interests include the development and application of mathematical models of crop development, growth, and yield in order to understand the interactions between the environment and crops and to improve crop production.