Modelling Potential Crop Growth Processes

Textbook with Exercises

  • J. Goudriaan
  • H. H. Van Laar

Part of the Current Issues in Production Ecology book series (CIPE, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. J. Goudriaan, H. H. Van Laar
    Pages 1-6
  3. J. Goudriaan, H. H. Van Laar
    Pages 7-28
  4. J. Goudriaan, H. H. Van Laar
    Pages 29-49
  5. J. Goudriaan, H. H. Van Laar
    Pages 51-68
  6. J. Goudriaan, H. H. Van Laar
    Pages 69-94
  7. J. Goudriaan, H. H. Van Laar
    Pages 95-119
  8. J. Goudriaan, H. H. Van Laar
    Pages 121-148
  9. J. Goudriaan, H. H. Van Laar
    Pages 149-168
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 169-239

About this book


We dedicate this book to professor C. T. de Wit (1924 - 1993) who initiated Production Ecology as a school of thought at the Wageningen Agricultural Univer­ sity (see Rabbinge et at. , 1990). To acknowledge the leading role of C. T. de Wit, a recently formed graduate school at this university in Production Ecology was named after him. Production Ecology is the study of ecological processes, with special attention to flows of energy and matter as factors that determine the productivity of ecological systems. Agro-ecosystems are a special case of ecosystems which are much better suited for the productivity approach than natural ecosystems are. This is the reason for the strong role of agricultural research in production ecology. On the other hand, it must be recognized that the spatial heterogeneity of natural ecosys­ tems and their species richness may alter some ecophysiological relationships. However, the basic physical, chemical and physiological processes will be the same. De Wit introduced the state variable approach as the basis for simulation mod­ elling. In this approach the floating character of nature is schematized into a series of snapshots over time in which the states are frozen at each separate moment. The current state determines how the rates of change will lead to the next snapshot. This way of thinking enables a clear and workable representation of interacting simul­ taneous processes, without compromising on the mathematics.


Assimilat Transpiration carbon development energy balance growth plant plant development soil

Authors and affiliations

  • J. Goudriaan
    • 1
  • H. H. Van Laar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Theoretical Production EcologyWageningen Agricultural UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-3220-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-0750-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0929-7006
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