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Genetic progress in wheat yield and nitrogen use efficiency under four nitrogen rates

Author: Ortiz-Monasterio, I.
Author: Sayre, K.D.
Author: Rajaram, S.
Author: McMahon, M.A.
Year: 1997
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10883/2316
Abstract: The adaptation and performance of CIMMYT's bread wheat germplasm (Triticum aestivum L.) under conditions of low N fertility have been questioned because they were developed under medium-high levels of N fertility. The objectives of this research were to (i) compare the performance of a set of tall vs. semidwarf cultivars developed by CIMMYT that were widely grown by farmers in the Yaqui Valley of Mexico at low and high N fertility, (ii) measure the genetic progress in grain yield and N use efficiency (NUE), and (iii) evaluate the contribution of N uptake efficiency (UPE) and utilization efficiency (UTE) to NUE. Ten wheat cultivars, two tall and eight semidwarf, produced by CIMMYT and released in the Yaqui Valley of Sonora, by the Mexican government from 1950 to 1985 were grown with 0, 75, 150, or 300 kg N ha(-1) in a 3-yr field study at Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. Genetic gains in both grain yield and NUE during 1950 to 1985 were 1.1, 1.0, 1.2, and 1.9% yr(-1) on a relative basis or 32, 43, 59, and 89 kg ha(-1) yr(-1) on an absolute basis, when provided 0, 75, 150, and 300 kg ha(-1) N, respectively. Progress in NUE resulted in an improvement of both UPE and UTE. However, the relative importance of these two components was affected by the level of applied N. These results contradict the belief that modern semidwarf cultivars require more N than older cultivars. Instead, they respond more to N, which translates into higher economic rates and higher returns when N fertilizer is available.
Language: English
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Type: Article
Region: Global
Pages: 898-904
Journal Issue: 3
Journal: Crop Science
Journal Volume: 37
Keywords: Wheats
Keywords: Triticum aestivum
Keywords: Soft wheat
Keywords: Yields
Keywords: Nutrient uptake
Keywords: Nitrogen content
Keywords: Fertilizer application
Keywords: Nitrogen fertilizers
Keywords: Application rates
Keywords: Research projects


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