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Crop and Pasture Science

Crop and Pasture Science

Crop and Pasture Science is a highly cited and prestigious journal publishing original research on advances in plant sciences, sustainable farming systems, and food quality. Read more about the journalMore

Editors-in-Chief: Sergio Atienza and Zed Rengel

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Crop and Pasture Science

Volume 67 Number 10 2016

CP16027Interactions between water and nitrogen in Australian cropping systems: physiological, agronomic, economic, breeding and modelling perspectives

V. O. Sadras, P. T. Hayman, D. Rodriguez, M. Monjardino, M. Bielich, M. Unkovich, B. Mudge and E. Wang
pp. 1019-1053

This paper reviews the interactions between water and nitrogen from physiological, agronomic, economic, breeding and modelling perspectives. Our primary focus is wheat, the main crop in Australia; forage crops, sorghum and legumes, are considered where relevant aspects of water–nitrogen interactions have been advanced. The paper concludes with suggestions for future research on water-nitrogen interactions.

Barley yellow dwarf virus is one of the most ubiquitous pathogens in cereal crops that cause significant yield losses. The most effective and sustainable protection against the virus to date is the use of resistant/tolerant cultivars. The results describe in this article include the incidence of BYDV in winter cereal crops in the Czech Republic and a comprehensive analysis of resistance in numerous wheat and barley cultivars (breeding lines) to this disease.

CP16073High-temperature adult-plant resistance to stripe rust in facultative winter wheat

Beyhan Akin, Xian Ming Chen, Alex Morgunov, Nusret Zencirci, Anmin Wan and Meinan Wang
pp. 1064-1074

Some of 100 winter and facultative wheat entries from the International Winter Wheat Improvement Program were resistant against PST-17, 44%; PST-37, 32%; PST-43, 45%; PST-45, 49%; PST-116, 18%; PST-100, 17%; and PST-127, 8%. Molecular markers were positive for genes Yr9, Yr17, and Yr18 and negative for Yr5, Yr10, and Yr15. Sixteen entries were shown to have high-temperature adult-plant (HTAP) resistance and resistance–moderately resistance.

Field experiments were conducted under two different (arid and semi-arid and cool) climatic conditions to indicate how wheat light properties may be affected by different plant and environmental parameters including wheat genotypes, planting dates and N chemical fertilisation. The results indicated that the right wheat genotype, planted at the right planting date using the proper rate of N chemical fertilisation resulted in the highest plant response to light, and hence the highest wheat grain yield.

CP16141Selection indices to identify maize (Zea mays L.) hybrids adapted under drought-stress and drought-free conditions in a tropical climate

Bhupender Kumar, Satish Kumar Guleria, Subhash M. Khanorkar, Rajender Babu Dubey, Jashvantlal Patel, Vinod Kumar, Chiter Mal Parihar, Shankar Lal Jat, Vishal Singh, K. R. Yatish, Abhijit Das, Javaji Chandra Sekhar, Pradeep Bhati, Harpreet Kaur, Madhvi Kumar, Aditya Kumar Singh, Eldho Varghese and Om Prakash Yadav
pp. 1087-1095

Moisture deficit is a major challenge to the future maize production. As the development of drought tolerant genotypes is an important aim in maize breeding, therefore the selection indices based hybrids suitable for drought prone area were identified. Cultivation of identified drought-tolerant hybrids would be useful to enhance maize productivity in drought-stress environments.

Soybean genotypes that release more carbon compounds into the rhizosphere are capable of mining fixed soil P, and hence are more efficient in P acquisition. This paper evaluates the use of isotope (14C) labelling to identify genotypes with improved P-acquisition efficiency. Genotypes with high root exudation index (REI) performed equally well at sufficient and low soil P availability, and therefore, REI may be used to screen efficient genotypes from a large set of diverse germplasm.

CP16162Response of different fodder legume species to Colletotrichum trifolii

Irene Jacob, Stephan Hartmann and Christine Struck
pp. 1110-1115

Fodder legumes are of major importance for crop rotations as well as for fodder production in agriculture, but fungal diseases such as southern anthracnose can cause severe losses and reduce productivity of grassland and arable feed crop production. A test for resistance against southern anthracnose was performed in the greenhouse with different fodder legumes, and species with high resistance were identified. Thus, species which remain productive when the disease occurs can ensure forage yield and nutrient supply.

CP16168Response of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to soil phosphorus patches depends on context

Guangzhou Wang, Xia Li, Peter Christie, Junling Zhang and Xiaolin Li
pp. 1116-1125

We conducted two greenhouse experiments to explore the response of AMF to heterogeneous P by creating P-enriched patches of different P supply levels or P forms. Our results indicated that AMF improved the plant growth but the response of AMF to P-enriched patches was complex and both the form and amount of P supplied should be considered. This may provide a mechanism by which AMF can maintain diversity in intensive agricultural ecosystems.

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Published online 13 October 2016

CP16067Sward structure and relationship between canopy height and light interception for tropical C4 grasses growing under trees

Tiago Celso Baldissera, Laíse da Silveira Pontes, André Faé Giostri, Raquel Santiago Barro, Sebastião Brasil Campos Lustosa, Aníbal de Moraes and Paulo César de Faccio Carvalho

Field experiments were conducted to determine the influence of tree canopy (Eucalyptus dunnii) shading and nitrogen availability (0 and 300 kg N ha–1 year–1) on canopy height (CH) at 95% light interception of six perennial tropical grass species. Overall, species growing under trees showed higher CH, suggesting that greater CH should be considered in case of shade-grown plants. Nitrogen also had an impact on CH; however, its application did not compensate the shade effect.

Published online 07 October 2016

CP16204Physiological and biochemical indicators for assessing nitrogen-use efficiency in rice (Oryza sativa) genotypes under dry direct seeding

Rupinder Kaur, Seema Bedi, Gulshan Mahajan, Gurpreet Kaur and Bhagirath Singh Chauhan

To save labour and improve crop productivity, farmers of South Asia are showing more interest in direct-seeded rice (DSR). Nitrogen requirement in DSR is higher than puddled transplanted rice. For economize use of nitrogen, N-efficient genotypes are needed in DSR. Genotypes with improved nitrate assimilation and glutamine synthetase activity perform better under DSR. Proline content and soluble sugars could be used as N-efficiency indicator for selecting N efficient genotypes.

Published online 07 October 2016

CP16331Nitrogen rate and timing effects on growth and yield of drill-sown rice

B. W. Dunn, T. S. Dunn and B. A. Orchard

Nitrogen fertiliser application timing was investigated for its effect on grain yield of semi-dwarf rice varieties when drill-sown. Nitrogen applied pre-permanent water had a higher apparent nitrogen recovery than nitrogen applied at panicle initiation. A moderate level of nitrogen uptake must be achieved at panicle initiation for high grain yields to be obtained, as panicle initiation applied nitrogen alone is not sufficient to maximise grain yield.

Beckmannia syzigachne is a problematic grass in Chinese agriculture and is not controlled by the herbicides mesosulfuron-methyl and fenoxaprop-P-ethyl. We found a population (JCWJ-R) that was resistant to all ACCase and ALS inhibitors tested, with resistance to ALS inhibitors caused by a Pro-197-Ser mutation in the ALS gene and resistance to ACCase inhibitors by an Ile-1781-Leu mutation in the ACCase gene. The evolution of multiple resistance to ACCase and ALS inhibitors in this population indicated the need for alternative methods to control resistant weeds.

Published online 26 September 2016

CP15250Economic and environmental implications of wheat-crop sequences on organic dairy-farm simulations

D. C. Abreu, A. K. Hoshide, E. B. Mallory, E. H. Roche, A. S. Oliveira, R. J. Kersbergen, R. P. Lana and M. A. Fonseca

The aim of this study was to determine the sustainability of eight 3-year crop sequences compared with a perennial forage baseline in long-term (25-year), well-managed, medium-sized organic dairy farm simulations. Growing winter wheat provides long-term environmental and economic benefits, although for spring wheat, much of this benefit is lost. Use of maize silage in place of grass, winter or spring wheat, or soybean was less profitable. Most cropping system scenarios were less economically favourable than producing and feeding exclusively grass silage; however, inclusion of soybean increased economic benefits.

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