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Management of Agricultural Drought: Agronomic and Genetic Options

By: NP Saxena and C Johansen

Science Publishers

Hardback | Dec 2003 | #127326 | ISBN: 1578081912
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Demand for food has increased exponentially while the availability of arable land for agriculture has decreased, due to increased urbanization and industrial growth. Among various stresses, drought is a major constraint to rain-fed crop production. It is estimated that nearly 3.7 billion hectares of global land area is affected by drought, which is equal in area to the global drought-free land. There are various perspectives from which we can view drought, but those that impinge upon human and animal life directly by adversely affecting availability of water, agricultural (food/fodder-feed/fibre and medicinal crops) production, ecology and industry are the ones of major concern. This book takes a holistic approach to the understanding of, and suggests options for, the alleviation of the problem of agricultural drought, beginning from a socio-economic perspective to agronomic and genetic management options. Progress made in some legume crops (groundnut, chickpea, pigeonpea, lentil and fava bean) is documented.


Introduction, C. Johansen et al; adaptation of grain legumes to water-limited environments - selection for physiological, biochemical and yield component for improved drought, N.C. Turner et al; socioeconomic considerations in effective implementation of drought management technology, T.G. Kelley et al; research and development strategies to counter drought impacts for sustained chickpea production in the tropics, S.M. Virmani; agronomic management strategies to minimize drought effects in grains and legumes, J.C. Katyal and K.P.R. Vittal; prospects of genetic improvement of grain legumes for drought resistance, W. Erskine; drought resistance - a comparison of two frameworks, N.C. Turner; management of drought in chickpea - agronomic and genetic options in chickpea, N.P. Sazena; genetic options for drought management in groundnut, R.C. Nageswara Rao et al; an overview of prospects for genetic enhancement of drought resistance in pigeonpea, C. Johansen; cool season grain legumes in dry land Mediterranean environments in western Australia - significance of early flowering, K.H.M. Siddique et al; physiological responses of cool-season grain legumes to drought in the low rainfall Mediterranean environment of south-western Australia, L. Leport et al; assimilate partitioning in chickpea ("Cicer arietnum L.") in drought-prone environments, P.K. Mohapatra et al; breeding Faba bean, "Vicia Faba L." for drought tolerance, D.S. Darwish; an overview of perspectives in drought research and future priorities, M.C. Sazena et al.

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