About this book
This book provides a state-of-the-art review subject of direct relevance to agricultural economics in a changing environment. It centres on how a plant perceives the water status of the soil and signals this information to the shoots to modify the growth and physiology of the plant. It is a timely volume in view of the increasing interest in the use of recombinant DNA techniques to enhance traits.
1. Water use efficiency in plant biology Mark A. Bacon, Plant Sciences for Industry Unit, University of Lancaster, UK 2. What is water use efficiency? Hamlyn Jones, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Dundee, UK 3. Water use efficiency and photosynthesis M. M. Chaves and J. S. Pereira, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Lisbon, Portugal and J. Osorio, Universidade do Algarve, Faro, Portugal 4. Water use efficiency and chemical signalling Sally Wilkinson, The Lancaster Environment Centre, University of Lancaster, UK 5. Physiological approaches to enhance water use efficiency: exploiting plant signalling in novel irrigation practice Brian R. Loveys, Horticulture Unit, CSIRO Plant Industry, Glen Osmond, Australia and M. Stoll and Bill J. Davies, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Lancaster, UK 6. Agronomic approaches to increasing water use efficiency Peter J. Gregory, School of Human and Environmental Sciences, University of Reading, UK 7. Plant nutrition and water use efficiency John A. Raven, Division of Environmental and Applied Biology, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, UK, Linda L. Handley, Scottish Crop Research Institute, Dundee, UK and Bernd Wollenweber, Department of Plant Biology, The Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Slagelse, Denmark 8. Crop yield and water use efficiency: a case study in rice Jianhua Zhang, Department of Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong and Jianchang Yang, Department of Agronomy, College of Agriculture, Yangzhou University, Jiangsu, China 9. Molecular approaches to unravel the genetic basis of water use efficiency Roberto Tuberosa, Department of Agroenvironmental Sciences and Technology, University of Bologna, Italy 10. Water use efficiency in the farmers' fields John Passioura, CSIRO Plant Industry, Canberra, Australia References Index