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Assessment of nutrient use in annual and perennial crops: a functional concept for analyzing nitrogen use efficiency

Weih, Martin and Asplund, Linnéa and Bergkvist, Göran (2011). Assessment of nutrient use in annual and perennial crops: a functional concept for analyzing nitrogen use efficiency. Plant and soil. 339 :1-2 , 513-520
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11104-010-0599-4


The use of more nutrient-efficient crops is
important for maintaining yields while enhancing
environmental sustainability. Various approaches are
being applied to evaluate aspects of plant nutrient use
efficiency, among them ecological concepts based on
accumulation and losses of biomass and nutrients,
agronomic concepts with a major focus on agricultural
crops and harvested products, and physiological
approaches assessing single physiological processes
important for nutrient use. Unfortunately, the various
approaches are often not compatible. Here we propose,
with the example of nitrogen (N) use efficiency (NUE)
of cereals, to integrate the functionally important
components of NUE in a common conceptual framework.
We link productivity to N in crops and seeds and consider the whole life-cycle of the crop (including seeds). Three major components of NUE are separated: The N uptake efficiency, grain-specific N efficiency and grain N concentration. The three components combine to a measure of overall NUE in terms of the N yield in harvested grain per unit of N in seed grain or soil N. The concept can be applied for both annual and perennial plants, which is demonstrated with the examples of winter wheat and a perennial energy crop (Salix) grown in Central Sweden.

Authors/Creators:Weih, Martin and Asplund, Linnéa and Bergkvist, Göran
Title:Assessment of nutrient use in annual and perennial crops: a functional concept for analyzing nitrogen use efficiency
Series Name/Journal:Plant and soil
Year of publishing :2011
Page range:513-520
Associated Programs and Other Stakeholders:SLU - Research Areas for the Future > Future Agriculture (until Jan 2017)
Additional Information:Published with permission from Springer
Publication Type:Article Review/Survey
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:F Plant production > F04 Fertilizing
F Plant production > F40 Plant ecology
F Plant production > F61 Plant physiology - Nutrition
F Plant production > F62 Plant physiology - Growth and development
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Agricultural Science
Agrovoc terms:Crops, Growth, Nutrients, Salix, Wheats
Keywords:Agricultural crops, Growth, Nutrient use efficiency, Nutrients, Salix, Wheat
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Alternative URL:http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11104-010-0599-4
ID Code:11088
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
NL - Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences (until 2013)
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Crop Production Ecology
Deposited By: Linnéa Asplund
Deposited On:04 Apr 2014 13:57
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 11:05

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