Nutrient Use Efficiency: from Basics to Advances

  • Amitava Rakshit
  • Harikesh Bahadur Singh
  • Avijit Sen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. V. C. Baligar, N. K. Fageria
    Pages 1-14
  3. Nutrients as a Key Driver of Nutrient Use Efficiency

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Anchal Dass, Shankar Lal Jat, K. S. Rana
      Pages 45-58
    3. Avishek Datta, Sangam Shrestha, Zannatul Ferdous, Cho Cho Win
      Pages 59-71
    4. P. C. Srivastava, Deepa Rawat, S. P. Pachauri, Manoj Shrivastava
      Pages 87-101
    5. Rajesh Kumar, Balraj S. Parmar, Suresh Walia, Supradip Saha
      Pages 103-122
  4. Microbiological Aspects of Nutrient Use Efficiency

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Om Prakash, Rohit Sharma, Praveen Rahi, Nanjappan Karthikeyan
      Pages 125-161
    3. Manish Kumar, D. P. Singh, Ratna Prabha, Arun K. Sharma
      Pages 163-171
    4. Sayaji T. Mehetre, Prasun K. Mukherjee
      Pages 173-180
    5. Amitava Rakshit, Kumai Sunita, Sumita Pal, Akanksha Singh, Harikesh Bahadur Singh
      Pages 181-191
    6. Kartikay Bisen, Chetan Keswani, Sandhya Mishra, Amrita Saxena, Amitava Rakshit, H. B. Singh
      Pages 193-206
  5. Molecular and Physiological Aspects of Nutrient Use Efficiency

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Subodh K. Sinha, R. Srinivasan, P. K. Mandal
      Pages 221-235
    3. Sushil Kumar, Nepolean Thirunavukkarasu, Govind Singh, Ramavtar Sharma, Kalyani S. Kulkarni
      Pages 237-253
    4. H. S. Gupta, F. Hossain, T. Nepolean, M. Vignesh, M. G. Mallikarjuna
      Pages 255-282
  6. Nutrient Use Efficiency of Crop Species

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283
    2. N. K. Fageria, V. C. Baligar, A. B. Heinemann, M. C. S. Carvalho
      Pages 285-296
    3. J. S. Mishra, J. V. Patil
      Pages 297-315
    4. S. S. Rathore, Kapila Shekhawat, B. K. Kandpal, O. P. Premi
      Pages 317-327
    5. P. K. Ghosh, D. R. Palsaniya, A. K. Rai, Sunil Kumar
      Pages 329-342
  7. Specialised Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 357-357
    2. Suhas P. Wani, Girish Chander, Rajneet K. Uppal
      Pages 359-380
    3. Shardendu K. Singh, Vangimalla R. Reddy, Mahaveer P. Sharma, Richa Agnihotri
      Pages 381-399
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 415-417

About this book


This book addresses in detail multifaceted approaches to boosting nutrient use efficiency (NUE) that are modified by plant interactions with environmental variables and combine physiological, microbial, biotechnological and agronomic aspects. Conveying an in-depth understanding of the topic will spark the development of new cultivars and strains to induce NUE, coupled with best management practices that will immensely benefit agricultural systems, safeguarding their soil, water, and air quality. Written by recognized experts in the field, the book is intended to provide students, scientists and policymakers with essential insights into holistic approaches to NUE, as well as an overview of some successful case studies. In the present understanding of agriculture, NUE represents a question of process optimization in response to the increasing fragility of our natural resources base and threats to food grain security across the globe. Further improving nutrient use efficiency is a prerequisite to reducing production costs, expanding crop acreage into non-competitive marginal lands with low nutrient resources, and preventing environmental contamination. The nutrients most commonly limiting plant growth are N, P, K, S and micronutrients like Fe, Zn, B and Mo. NUE depends on the ability to efficiently take up the nutrient from the soil, but also on transport, storage, mobilization, usage within the plant and the environment. A number of approaches can help us to understand NUE as a whole. One involves adopting best crop management practices that take into account root-induced rhizosphere processes, which play a pivotal role in controlling nutrient dynamics in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum. New technologies, from basic tools like leaf color charts to sophisticated sensor-based systems and laser land leveling, can reduce the dependency on laboratory assistance and manual labor. Another approach concerns the development of crop plants through genetic manipulations that allow them to take up and assimilate nutrients more efficiently, as well as identifying processes of plant responses to nutrient deficiency stress and exploring natural genetic variation. Though only recently introduced, the ability of microbial inoculants to induce NUE is gaining in importance, as the loss, immobilization, release and availability of nutrients are mediated by soil microbial processes.


Best Management Practices Crop Production Genetic Improvement Nutrient Use Efficiency Plant Microbe Interactions Plant Nutrition Rhizosphere Processes

Editors and affiliations

  • Amitava Rakshit
    • 1
  • Harikesh Bahadur Singh
    • 2
  • Avijit Sen
    • 3
  1. 1.Soil Science & Agricultural ChemistryInstitute of Agricultural SciencesVaranasiIndia
  2. 2.Mycology and Plant PathologyInstitute of Agricultural SciencesVaranasiIndia
  3. 3.Department of AgronomyInstitute of Agricultural SciencesVaranasiIndia

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