Special Issue "Improving Water Use Efficiency and Agricultural Productivity of Crop Systems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 February 2022.
Interests: ET; soil evaporation; transpiration; irrigation; grain yield; WUE
Interests: winter wheat; summer maize; irrigation; grain yield; water use efficiency
Food security is a common objective in many agricultural systems, which is also closely linked to water security, since food production heavily depends on water availability around the world. Water shortage has seriously affected China’s agricultural production over the last 50 years. To mitigate the water shortage problem, it is essential to reduce the irrigation amount. However, simply reducing irrigation water without diligent planning would lead to the agricultural productivity reductions, thus posing a great risk to national food security. Therefore, the balance between alleviating water shortage and maintaining high and stable agricultural production is a very important issue. In addition, it is essential that the water use efficiency and management is improved, striking a balance between, on one hand, increasing economic productivity and, on the other hand, increasing the amount of irrigation water necessary for this increased economic productivity, while decreasing the negative environmental impacts associated with this practice. Therefore, improving water use efficiency is the key to ensure food security and to reduce irrigation water use.
This Special Issue calls for contributions on the following non-exclusive list of topics:
- irrigation strategies and technologies for improving water use efficiency,
- irrigation water management and modeling under climate change scenarios,
- crop physiological response to deficit irrigation,
- irrigation water management for health soil physical and chemical properties.
Prof. Dr. Hongyong Sun
Prof. Dr. Quanqi Li
Prof. Dr. Xiuwei Liu
Manuscript Submission Information
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- water use efficiency
- irrigation strategies
- agricultural productivity
- crop quality
- crop growth
- food security
- soil property
- climate change
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
1. Title: The influence of deep roots on crop drought tolerance: a review
from the team of Prof. Dr. Xiuwei Liu
2. three more planned submissions from invitations of the Guest Editor team