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Modelling waterlogging impacts on crop growth: A review of aeration stress definition in crop models and sensitivity analysis of APSIM


Githui, F and Beverly, C and Aiad, M and McCaskill, M and Liu, K and Harrison, MT, Modelling waterlogging impacts on crop growth: A review of aeration stress definition in crop models and sensitivity analysis of APSIM, International Journal of Plant Biology ISSN 2037-0156 (In Press) [Refereed Article]

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Currently, crop physiological responses to waterlogging are considered only in few crop models and in a limited way. Here, we examine the process-bases of seven contemporary models developed to model crop growth in waterlogged conditions. Representation of plant recovery in these models is over-simplified, while plant adaptation or phenotypic plasticity due to waterlogging are often not considered. Aeration stress conceptualisation varies from use of simple multipliers in equations describing transpiration and biomass, to complex linkages of aeration-deficit factors with root growth, transpiration and nitrogen fixation. We recommend further studies investigating more holistic impacts and multiple stresses caused by plant behaviours driven by soils and climate. A sensitivity analysis using one model (a developer version of APSIM) using default parameters showed that waterlogging has the greatest impact on photosynthesis followed by phenology and leaf expansion, suggesting a need for improved equations linking waterlogging to carbon assimilation. Future studies should compare the ability of multiple models to simulate real and in situ effects of waterlogging stress on crop growth using consistent experimental data for initialisation, calibration and validation. We conclude that future experimental and modelling studies must focus on improving the extent to which soil porosity, texture, organic carbon and nitrogen and plant available water affect waterlogging stress, physiological plasticity and ensuing temporal impacts on phenology, growth and yield.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:waterlogging, climate, crisis, emergency, crop, wheat, physiology, soils, watertable, sustainability, ground water, environment, simulation, biophysical, model, modelling, process, crop model, anoxia, hypoxia, abiotic stress, plant stress, drought
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, land and farm management
Research Field:Agricultural systems analysis and modelling
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
UTAS Author:Liu, K (Mr Ke Liu)
UTAS Author:Harrison, MT (Associate Professor Matthew Harrison)
ID Code:151065
Year Published:In Press
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2022-07-15
Last Modified:2022-07-15

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