Advances in understanding of nitrogen (N) uptake by plant roots

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Hawkesford, M. J. and Whalley, W. R. 2021. Advances in understanding of nitrogen (N) uptake by plant roots. in: Gregory, P. (ed.) Understanding and improving crop root function UK Burleigh Dodds.

AuthorsHawkesford, M. J. and Whalley, W. R.
EditorsGregory, P.

Efficient use of nitrogen (N) by plants and particularly crops, is of global importance. In agriculture, high crop yields and protein content depend upon extensive N-inputs, however fertilizer N is costly to the farmer, and overuse can be damaging to the environment. A critical component of optimised usage is efficient capture by crop root systems. This chapter focusses on principal mechanisms of uptake and factors influencing efficiency. Genetic variation in root architecture and in an array of transporters known to be involved in nitrogen capture is detailed. The impacts of abiotic stress factors such as soil structure are described. Finally prospects and opportunities for crop improvement are discussed.

Year of Publication2021
Book titleUnderstanding and improving crop root function
PublisherBurleigh Dodds
Place of publicationUK
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or codeDesigning Future Wheat - WP1 - Increased efficiency and sustainability
Open accessPublished as non-open access
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online18 Jan 2021

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