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Calibrating and testing APSIM for wheat-faba bean pure cultures and intercrops across Europe

Berghuijs, Herman and van der Werf, Wopke and Karley, Alison J. and Villegas-Fernandez, Angel M. and Newton, Adrian C. and Scherber, Christoph and Tavoletti, Stefano and Vico, Giulia (2021). Calibrating and testing APSIM for wheat-faba bean pure cultures and intercrops across Europe. Field Crops Research. 264 , 108088
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Cereal-legume intercropping can increase yields, reduce fertilizer input and improve soil quality compared with pure culture. Designing intercropping systems requires the integration of plant species trait selection with choice of crop configuration and management. Crop growth models can facilitate the understanding and prediction of the interactions between plant traits, crop configuration and management. However, currently no existing crop growth model has been calibrated and tested for cereal-legume intercrops throughout Europea. We calibrated the Agricultural Production Systems sIMulator (APSIM) for pure cultures of wheat and faba bean using data from Dutch field trials, and determined the phenological parameters to simulate pure cultures and intercrops from seven field experiments across Europe. APSIM successfully reproduced aboveground dry matters and, for wheat only, grain yields in pure cultures. In intercrops, APSIM systematically overestimated the aboveground dry matter and grain yield of faba bean and underestimated those of wheat. APSIM was reasonably capable of simulating plant heights in pure cultures, but respectively overestimated and underestimated the height of faba bean and wheat in intercrops. In order to simulate wheat-faba bean intercrops better, APSIM should be improved regarding the calculation of biomass partitioning to grains in faba bean and of height growth in both species.

Authors/Creators:Berghuijs, Herman and van der Werf, Wopke and Karley, Alison J. and Villegas-Fernandez, Angel M. and Newton, Adrian C. and Scherber, Christoph and Tavoletti, Stefano and Vico, Giulia
Title:Calibrating and testing APSIM for wheat-faba bean pure cultures and intercrops across Europe
Series Name/Journal:Field Crops Research
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:264
Article number:108088
Number of Pages:14
Publisher:ELSEVIER
ISSN:0378-4290
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Agricultural Science
Keywords:Intercrop, Mixtures, Modeling, APSIM, Europe, Wheat, Faba bean, Triticum aestivum, Vicia faba
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111455
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111455
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DOI10.1016/j.fcr.2021.108088
Web of Science (WoS)000633034600004
ID Code:23283
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Crop Production Ecology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:16 Apr 2021 09:03
Metadata Last Modified:16 Apr 2021 09:11

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