Plant Traits

Plants have developed mechanisms to adapt to nutrient-poor environments, such as specific root morphology to compete for nutrient uptake, low nutrient content in plant tissue, enhanced remobilization within plants and low rates of nutrient loss. Plant breeding up to now has emphasized how to increase the growth potential of crops, to strengthen the resistance against pest and diseases and to tolerate drought and heat. Very little attention has been paid to nutrient uptake and utilization traits of plants. Understanding nutrient-related plant mechanisms will open a new world to breed for fertilizer efficient plants.

Relevant VFRC Reports: 2013/1