Role of genotypes and agrotechnical elements in cereal crop models


The interactions of ecological conditions, genotypes and agrotechnical elements determine the yield quantity, quality and stability in cereal (wheat, maize) production. The applied input-level can modify the adaptive capacity of crop models to ecological conditions. The effects of agrotechnical elements (crop rotation, fertilization, irrigation, crop protection, plant density) were studied in the long-term experiment on chernozem soil. Our scientific results proved that the high yields and good yield-stability were obtained in the input-intensive crop models, so these models had better adaptive capacity, high yield and resilience. Maize had lower ecological adaptive ability than winter wheat. The optimalization of agrotechnical elements reduces the harmful climatic effects so we can increase the yield and yield stability of cereals agro-ecosystems. The yields of wheat varied between 2 and 7 t ha−1 in extensive and 8 and 10 t ha−1 in intensive crop models and the yields of maize ranged between 2 and 11 t ha−1 and 10 and 15 t ha−1, respectively.


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Pepo, P. Role of genotypes and agrotechnical elements in cereal crop models. CEREAL RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS 39, 160–167 (2011).

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  • wheat
  • maize
  • crop model
  • yield
  • yield-stability