Cookies on CAB eBooks

Like most websites we use cookies. This is to ensure that we give you the best experience possible.


Continuing to use  means you agree to our use of cookies. If you would like to, you can learn more about the cookies we use.

CAB eBooks

Ebooks on agriculture and the applied life sciences from CAB International

CABI Book Chapter

Crop stress management and global climate change.

Book cover for Crop stress management and global climate change.


The second in a three-part series on climatic change, this book addresses the challenges of the foreseen climate change for agriculture from a multidisciplinary point of view. The initial chapter discusses the global changes that gave rise to the beginning of agriculture. The rest of the book is subdivided in two major parts: first, towards an understanding of the present and future challenges imp...


Chapter 7 (Page no: 105)

Breeding to improve grain yield in water-limited environments: the CSIRO experience with wheat.

In this chapter, the traits of wheat (including xylem vessel diameter of seminal roots, tiller inhibition, early seedling vigour, gibberellic acid-responsive dwarfing genes, extended vegetative growth, root growth and architecture, waxiness/glaucousness, transpiration efficiency, stem carbohydrate storage and remobilization and leaf-rolling) studied by CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) are described, together with an outline of the environments where they are likely to be most effective, ways to select for them, results of validation, proof-of-concept tests and whether they are currently incorporated in breeding programmes. These traits are shown in a table, together with the components of the Passioura identity (Water use × Water-use efficiency × Harvest index) that are likely to be increased so that grain yield may be increased.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Global change and the origins of agriculture. Author(s): Ferrio, J. P. Voltas, J. Araus, J. L.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 15) Climate change in drylands: from assessment methods to adaptation strategies. Author(s): Pauw, E. de Göbel, W.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 37) Agronomic avenues to maximize the benefits of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations in asian irrigated rice systems. Author(s): Yang, L. Peng, S.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 47) Recent changes in pampean agriculture: possible new avenues in coping with global change challenges. Author(s): Satorre, E. H.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 58) Global change challenges for horticultural systems. Author(s): Ramos, C. Intrigliolo, D. S. Thompson, R. B.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 85) The impact of high CO2 on plant abiotic stress tolerance. Author(s): Lopes, M. S. Foyer, C. H.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 122) Molecular breeding for a changing climate: bridging ecophysiology and molecular biology. Author(s): Tuberosa, R. Maccaferri, M. Colalongo, C. Salvi, S.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 172) Crop management to cope with global change: a systems perspective aided by information technologies. Author(s): McMaster, G. S. Ascough, J. C., II
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 191) The way ahead: from science to policy; coordinating efforts in a global world. Author(s): Ortiz, R.