Root traits for improving N acquisition efficiency

Hannah M. Schneider, Jonathan P. Lynch

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Global agriculture requires the development of nutrient-efficient crops to improve food security while reducing environmental pollution. In developing nations, low soil nitrogen (N) availability and limited fertilizer usage is a primary limitation to crop production, while in developed nations, intensive N fertilization is a primary economic, energy, and environmental cost to crop production. In order to mitigate these risks, the development of crops with superior root traits enhancing N acquisition is essential. The development of crops with enhanced N capture would increase crop productivity, enhance sustainability, and reduce environmental pollution. There is substantial genetic variation for root phenes that have potential to improve N capture and reduce the N requirement of crops. In this chapter, we explore root phenes that enhance N acquisition that are urgently needed in global agriculture. Root ideotypes for enhanced N capture are predicted to pave the way for more productive and sustainable cropping systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPlant Biotechnology
Subtitle of host publicationExperience and Future Prospects: Second Edition
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783030683450
ISBN (Print)9783030683443
StatePublished - Aug 30 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Engineering
  • General Environmental Science

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