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N Uptake and Distribution in Plant Canopies

  • G. Lemaire
  • F. Gastal

Abstract

Nitrogen (N) is often considered to be the most important limiting factor, after water deficiency, for biomass production in natural ecosystems. In arable and forage cropping, N fertilization practices can provide a sufficient N supply for plants to achieve the potential growth allowed by the amount of energy intercepted by the crop. However, to ensure that this potential yield is reached, the N inputs are often higher than the minimum required for maximum crop growth: this is particularly true because N fertilizers are relatively cheap compared to the expected economic benefits from a maximized crop yield.

Keywords

Aboveground Biomass Relative Growth Rate Tall Fescue Sweet Sorghum Plant Canopy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Lemaire
    • 1
  • F. Gastal
    • 1
  1. 1.INRA Station d’Ecophysiologie des Plantes FourragèresLusignanFrance

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