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Water-Conservation Traits to Increase Crop Yields in Water-deficit Environments

Case Studies

  • Thomas R. Sinclair

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environmental Science book series (BRIEFSENVIRONMENTAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Thomas R. Sinclair
    Pages 1-3
  3. Thomas R. Sinclair
    Pages 5-9
  4. Thomas R. Sinclair
    Pages 17-26
  5. M. Jyostna Devi, Avat Shekoofa
    Pages 27-33
  6. Kaliamoorthy Sivasakthi, Mainassara Zaman-Allah, Murugesan Tharanya, Jana Kholová, Thiyagarajan Thirunalasundari, Vincent Vadez
    Pages 35-45
  7. Michel Edmond Ghanem, Hélène Marrou, Julie Guiguitant, Fatima ez-zahra Kibbou
    Pages 47-53
  8. Avat Shekoofa, Sunita Choudhary
    Pages 55-63
  9. Sunita Choudhary, Jana Kholová
    Pages 65-71
  10. Murugesan Tharanya, Jana Kholová, Kaliamoorthy Sivasakthi, Thiyagarajan Thirunalasundari, Vincent Vadez
    Pages 73-83
  11. Walid Sadok
    Pages 85-92
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 93-95

About this book


This volume explores specific approaches that have shown to result in crop yield increases. Research on the physiological understanding of these methods has led to the development of practical applications of plant breeding approaches to genetically improve crops to achieve higher yields. Authoritative entries from crop scientists shed new light on two water-conservation traits: one that is based on an initiation of the decrease in transpiration earlier in the soil drying cycle, and the second that is based on a sensitivity of transpiration rate under high atmospheric vapor pressure deficit that results in partial stomatal closure. Both these approaches involve partial stomatal closure under well-defined situations to decrease the rate of soil water loss.

Readers will be able to analyze the circumstances under which a benefit is achieved as a result of the water-limitation trait; and key discussion points in the case studies presented will help answer questions such as what species, which environments, how often will yield be benefited for various crop species? Contributions also review the genetic variation for these two traits within each crop species and the physiological basis for the expression of these traits.


Crop performance under drought Partial stomatal closure Water conservation traits Transpiration Soil drying cycle Hydraulic Conductance Crop genotype trait expression Vapor pressure deficit Aquaporin populations Water-limitation traits Water-deficit environments soybean, peanut, chickpea

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas R. Sinclair
    • 1
  1. 1.Crop and Soil Sciences DepartmentNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

About the editors

Dr. Thomas R. Sinclair is an adjunct professor in crop science at North Carolina State University. His research focuses on the interactions between plant physiology and the environment to determine crop yields. He is currently investigating plant traits that may increase drought tolerance. 

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