Drought Phenotyping

The book address theoretical and practical aspects in drought phenotyping, through both crop-specific and generalized approaches. The compilations are part of the CGIAR Generation Challenge Programme's effort to disseminate crop research, information, tools, and protocols for improving characterization of environments and phenotypes. The goal is to enhance expertise testing locations and to stimulate the development and use of drought tolerance traits. The book will be of use to anyone evaluating germplasm performance under different water regimes. 

2011 2014

The original 2011 version of GCP's phenotyping book is a detailed description and analysis of the complex work of drought phenotyping in crops, simultaneously tackling both the theoretical and practical aspects. Part I comprises 10 chapters dealing with a variety of methods, while Part II is dedicated to application for 14 crops (with groundnuts, sorghum, sweet potatos and plantains added to the 10 in the 2014 edition). 

Selected chapters from the original were republished as a Research Topic by open-access online publisher, Frontiers, with seven method chapters, and nine crop chapters covering 10 crops.

The 10 crops in this 2014 edition are bananas, beans, cassava, chickpeas, cowpeas, maize, pearl millet, pigeonpeas, rice and wheat. 

In Part I, different methodologies are presented for accurately characterizing environmental conditions, implementing trials, and capturing and analyzing the information this generates, regardless of the crop.

Part II presents the state-of-art in research on adaptation to drought, and recommends specific protocols to measure different traits in major food crops (focusing on particular cereals, legumes and clonal crops).

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