Current Issues in Production Ecology

Modelling Potential Crop Growth Processes

Textbook with Exercises

Authors: Goudriaan, J., Van Laar, H.H.

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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.

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`... the textbook is highly recommended for all who want to learn more about modelling plant growth and want to have a basis from where one can start and add modules within the specific area of interest.'
Scientia Horticulturae, 67 (1996)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Modelling Potential Crop Growth Processes
Book Subtitle
Textbook with Exercises
Authors
Series Title
Current Issues in Production Ecology
Series Volume
2
Copyright
1994
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-0750-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-0750-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-3219-0
Softcover ISBN
978-0-7923-3220-6
Series ISSN
0929-7006
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 239
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