Nutrient Use Efficiency in Plants

Concepts and Approaches

  • Malcolm J. Hawkesford
  • Stanislav Kopriva
  • Luit J. De Kok

Part of the Plant Ecophysiology book series (KLEC, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Patrycja Baraniecka, Stanislav Kopriva
    Pages 51-91
  3. Astrid Gruen, Martin R. Broadley, Peter Buchner, Malcolm J. Hawkesford
    Pages 93-132
  4. Himanshu Bariya, Snehal Bagtharia, Ashish Patel
    Pages 153-170
  5. Milagros Collados Rodríguez, Katarzyna Zientara-Rytter, Agnieszka Sirko
    Pages 171-203
  6. Sarah J. Whitcomb, Elmien Heyneke, Fayezeh Aarabi, Mutsumi Watanabe, Rainer Hoefgen
    Pages 205-228
  7. Sabine Tausz-Posch, Roger Armstrong, Michael Tausz
    Pages 229-252
  8. Moez Maghrebi, Fabio Francesco Nocito, Gian Attilio Sacchi
    Pages 253-272
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 273-279

About this book


Nutrient Use Efficiency in Plants: Concepts and Approaches is the ninth volume in the Plant Ecophysiology series. It presents a broad overview of topics related to improvement of nutrient use efficiency of crops. Nutrient use efficiency (NUE) is a measure of how well plants use the available mineral nutrients. It can be defined as yield (biomass) per unit input (fertilizer, nutrient content). NUE is a complex trait: it depends on the ability to take up the nutrients from the soil, but also on transport, storage, mobilization, usage within the plant, and even on the environment. NUE is of particular interest as a major target for crop improvement. Improvement of NUE is an essential pre-requisite for expansion of crop production into marginal lands with low nutrient availability but also a way to reduce use of inorganic fertilizer.


Macronutrients Micronutrients Mineral nutrition Nutrient depletion Nutrient use efficiency

Editors and affiliations

  • Malcolm J. Hawkesford
    • 1
  • Stanislav Kopriva
    • 2
  • Luit J. De Kok
    • 3
  1. 1.Rothamsted ResearchHarpendenUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Botanical InstituteUniversity of CologneCologneGermany
  3. 3.Laboratory of Plant PhysiologyUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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