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JPSS Jülich Plant Science Seminar Series:
Prof. Frank Ewert, Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation (INRES) at the University of Bonn, Germany

Modelling crops across scales

20.10.2015 13:00 Uhr
20.10.2015 14:00 Uhr
Forschungszentrum Jülich, Gebäude 06.2 IBG-2, Seminarraum 406, 2.Stock

Agriculture in the 21st century faces the fundamental challenges to increase crop yields, reduce environmental impacts, improve resource use efficiency, and resilience against climate variability and change. Improved crops and agronomic management are seen as important ways to meet these challenges but require understanding of the complexity of processes and relationships determining crop growth, development and yield in interaction with the environment and management practices both varying in space and time. Crop modelling is a helpful means to account for this complexity and to support breeding and management decisions but has largely been constraint to the field scale. Less is known about the use of crop models across scales linking process understanding from plant physiology and genetics with larger scales (from field to landscape to region and up to the globe) at which problems in agriculture typically occur. The seminar presents and discusses progress and challenges to model crops across scales and tries to identify priority areas for future research.

Contact person: Uwe Rascher