Engineering Nitrogen Utilization in Crop Plants

  • Ashok Shrawat
  • Adel Zayed
  • David A. Lightfoot

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Molecular and Physiological Aspects of Nutrient Use Efficiency

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Margaret N. Simons-Senftle, Debolina Sarkar, Costas D. Maranas
      Pages 57-76
    3. Vikas Kumar Mandal, Narendra Sharma, Nandula Raghuram
      Pages 77-93
    4. Seth O’Conner, Andrea Neudorf, Wenguang Zheng, Mingsheng Qi, Xuefeng Zhao, Chuanlong Du et al.
      Pages 95-117
  3. Nutrients as a Key Driver of Nutrient Use Efficiency

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Nicholas John Sitlington Hansen, Darren Plett, Bettina Berger, Trevor Garnett
      Pages 121-139
    3. V. Castañeda, E. Gil-Quintana, A. Echeverria, EM. González
      Pages 173-184
    4. Andreas Stahl, Rod Snowdon
      Pages 207-232
    5. Raphael Lemes Hamawaki, Curtis Wolf, Stella K. Kantartzi
      Pages 255-268
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 269-273

About this book


This book discusses and addresses the rapidly increasing world population demand for food, which is expected to double by 2050. To meet these demands farmers will need to improve crop productivity, which relies heavily on nitrogen (N) fertilization. Production of N fertilizers, however, consumes huge amounts of energy and the loss of excess N fertilizers to leaching results in the pollution of waterways and oceans. Therefore, increasing plant nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) is essential to help farmers produce more while conserving the environment. This book assembles some of the best work of top researchers from academic and industrial institutions in the area of NUE and provides valuable insight to scholars and researchers by its comprehensive discussion of current and future strategies to improve NUE through genetic manipulation. This book should also be highly valuable to policy makers, environmentalists, farmers, biotechnology executives, and to the hard-core researchers working in the lab.


Nitrogen Use Efficiency nitrate uptake Biomass Production Transcriptomic Analysis plant metabolism foraging

Editors and affiliations

  • Ashok Shrawat
    • 1
  • Adel Zayed
    • 2
  • David A. Lightfoot
    • 3
  1. 1.BiotechnologyMonsanto CompanyChesterfieldUSA
  2. 2.BiotechnologyMonsanto CompanyChesterfieldUSA
  3. 3.Department of Plant, Soil and Agricultural SystemsSouthern Illinois UniversityCarbondaleUSA

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