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Drought phenotyping in crops: from theory to practice (2011)

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This volume, published under a Creative Commons licence, to ensure the widest possible dissemination, is a detailed description and analysis of the complex work of drought phenotyping in crops, simultaneously tackling both the theoretical and practical aspects. It is written for both practitioners and postgraduate students of plant science grappling with the challenging task of evaluating germplasm performance under different water regimes.

Part I is a methods section: different methods are presented for accurately characterising environmental conditions, implementing trials and capturing and analysing the information this generates, regardless of the crop. Part II is dedicated to application to specific crops. It presents the state-of-the-art in research on adaptation to drought, and recommends specific protocols to measure different traits in 14 major food crops (bananas and plantains, beans, cassava, chickpeas, cowpeas, groundnuts, maize, pearl millet, pigeonpeas, rice, sorghum, sweet potatoes and wheat).

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About the book Publishing info | Contents | Preface | Acknowledgements | Acronyms | Contributors Part I Part II Measurements Index

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Part I: Plant phenotyping methodology

I.1 Key concepts issues and approaches

I.2 Phenotyping platforms

I.3 Phenotyping in contrasting environments

I.4 Screening experimental designs

I.5 Assessing effects of water deficit

I.6 Statistical models for GEI

I.7 Analysis of metabolites

I.8 Crop ontology

I.9 Models to assist phenotyping

I.10 Spatial analysis

Part II: Application to specific crops

II.1.1 Rice

II.1.2 Wheat

II.1.3 Maize

II.1.4 Sorghum

II.1.5 Pearl millet

II.2.1 Common beans

II.2.2 Chickpeas and Pigeonpeas

II.2.3 Cowpeas

II.2.4 Groundnuts

II.3.1 Cassava

II.3.2 Sweet potatoes

II.3.3 Bananas and plantains