Food Security in Nutrient-Stressed Environments: Exploiting Plants’ Genetic Capabilities

  • Editors
  • J. J. Adu-Gyamfi

Part of the Developments in Plant and Soil Sciences book series (DPSS, volume 95)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Opening Session

    1. L. D. Swindale
      Pages 1-3
    2. J. J. Adu-Gyamfi, O. Ito, J. Arihara, H. Nakano, C. Johansen
      Pages 5-8
  3. Breeding for low-nutrient environments: Is it sustainable?

  4. Candidate mechanisms

    1. Y.-G. Zhu, C. Huang, N. K. Howes, S. E. Smith
      Pages 47-57
    2. Jerry W. Maranville, S. Madhavan
      Pages 81-90
    3. K. Fujita, M. I. Chaudhary, A. Fujita, Y. Kai, M. Takayanagi, H. El Shemy et al.
      Pages 91-101
    4. Takuji Nakamura, Joseph J. Adu-Gyamfi, Akiko Yamamoto, Satoru Ishikawa, Hiroshi Nakano, Osamu Ito
      Pages 103-110
    5. S. Ishikawa, J. J. Adu-Gyamfi, T. Nakamura, T. Yoshihara, T. Watanabe, T. Wagatsuma
      Pages 111-121
    6. P. Gyaneshwar, G. Naresh Kumar, L. J. Parekh, P. S. Poole
      Pages 133-143
    7. Yusuf Ali, L. Krishnamurthy, N. P. Saxena, O. P. Rupela, Jagdish Kumar, C. Johansen
      Pages 165-176
    8. J. J. Adu-Gyamfi
      Pages 189-191
  5. Methodology for genetic manipulation of nutrient availability

  6. Combining genetic improvement with natural resource management

    1. Ross M. Welch, Robin D. Graham
      Pages 267-276
    2. T. J. Rego, B. Seeling, V. Nageswara Rao, G. Pardhasaradhi, J. V. D. K. Kumar Rao, R. J. K. Myers et al.
      Pages 301-311
    3. P. S. Carberry, M. E. Probert, J. P. Dimes, B. A. Keating, R. L. McCown
      Pages 319-329
    4. T. Hamazaki
      Pages 337-338
    5. J. J. Adu-Gyamfi
      Pages 339-340
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 341-344

About this book


Ultimate success in exploiting the genetic capabilities of plants to grow in nutrient-stressed environments of the semi-arid tropics (SAT) requires a holistic view of food systems to ensure that genetic selections for improved yields on nutrient-poor soils will actually be adopted by farmers. This book sets out to address the important issue of how physiological mechanisms of nutrient uptake can best be combined with genetic options to improve the adaptation of crops to low-nutrient availability, thereby enhancing productivity of nutrient poor soils in the semi-arid tropics. The book examines (i) the sustainability of breeding for low-nutrient environments from the viewpoint of three interrelated disciplines; physiology, breeding, and socio-economics, (ii) candidate mechanisms and physiological traits to enhance uptake and utilization efficiencies, (iii) genetic approaches for manipulation of crop plants to enhance root exudation and access nutrients in the rhizosphere, and (iv) field practices and farmers' preferences for crop varieties grown in low-nutrient environments. Finally, the role of modelling in improving nutrient efficiency in cropping systems, recommendations for future research needs and strategies were highlighted. Attended by 50 international participants, this book is the outcome of the workshop held at ICRISAT-India during 27-30 September 1999 to mark the culmination of the Government of Japan/ICRISAT Project.


breeding cropping systems crops food security food systems genetic approaches genetic capabilities genetic options low-nutrient environments nutrient uptake nutrient-stressed physiology root exudation sustainability utilization efficiencies

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6013-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-1570-6
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