Crop Systems Biology

Narrowing the gaps between crop modelling and genetics

  • Xinyou Yin
  • Paul C. Struik

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Valentina Baldazzi, Nadia Bertin, Michel Génard, Hélène Gautier, Elsa Desnoues, Bénédicte Quilot-Turion
    Pages 1-31
  3. Michel Génard, Mohamed-Mahmoud Memmah, Bénédicte Quilot-Turion, Gilles Vercambre, Valentina Baldazzi, Jacques Le Bot et al.
    Pages 83-104
  4. Delphine Luquet, Camila Rebolledo, Lauriane Rouan, Jean-Christophe Soulie, Michael Dingkuhn
    Pages 105-127
  5. Graeme Hammer, Charlie Messina, Erik van Oosterom, Scott Chapman, Vijaya Singh, Andrew Borrell et al.
    Pages 147-162
  6. Kenneth J. Boote, C. Eduardo Vallejos, James W. Jones, Melanie J. Correll
    Pages 163-192
  7. Xinyou Yin, Paul C. Struik, Junfei Gu, Huaqi Wang
    Pages 193-218
  8. Xinyou Yin, Paul C. Struik
    Pages 219-227
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 229-233

About this book


The Work is an interdisciplinary research approach, combining modern genetics and genomics, traditional physiology and biochemistry, and advanced bioinformatics and crop modelling. It is a rapidly developing field and this book is testimony to its dynamic evolution. It provides examples of how gene regulatory and metabolic networks are included, in a spatially and temporally specific manner, in multi-scale crop modelling and how functional-structural plant modelling in combination with quantitative trait loci analysis is used to advance breeding for architectural traits. It also illustrates how prediction accuracy can profit from the large data sets available on environmental and genotypic variables by integrating physiological and statistical knowledge, and how in silico profiling can be used to unravel genotype × environment × management interactions, to analyse trade-offs between different crop characteristics or to assess yield benefits of specific traits. The Work also demonstrates very contrasting crop types that crop ecophysiology and functional modelling can assist in linking organizational scales, closing the genotype-to-phenotype gap, designing ideotypes for specific environments, evaluating suitability of specific environments for certain genotypes, and supporting model-assisted molecular breeding.

This book will appeal to those interested in bridging fundamental plant biology and applied crop science using a diversity of systems modelling approaches.


Crop improvement Crop physiological modelling Genetic analysis and genomics Genotype-phenotype gaps Quantitative trait loci

Editors and affiliations

  • Xinyou Yin
    • 1
  • Paul C. Struik
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Plant Sciences Centre for Crop Systems AnalysisWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Plant Sciences Centre for Crop Systems AnalysisWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

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