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Productivity, evapotranspiration, and water use efficiency of corn and tomato crops simulated by AquaCrop under contrasting water stress conditions in the Mediterranean region


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  • Katerji, Nader
  • Campi, Pasquale
  • Mastrorilli, Marcello
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    The FAO AquaCrop model has been conceived as a tool for simulating, on a daily scale, the canopy cover (CC), biomass and the actual evapotranspiration and for simulating, on a seasonal scale, the final biomass, the harvested yield, the cumulate actual evapotranspiration, and the crop water use efficiency. This performance was analysed after a series of tests carried on 12 crop cycles, concerning corn and tomato grown in the Mediterranean region, and having three levels of plant water stress: absence of plant water stress (control), moderately stressed and severely stressed. The results highlight the effects of three factors affecting the AquaCrop performances: the species, the level of plant water stress during the crop cycle and the output variable to simulate.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Agricultural Water Management.

    Volume (Year): 130 (2013)
    Issue (Month): C ()
    Pages: 14-26

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:agiwat:v:130:y:2013:i:c:p:14-26

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    Keywords: Plant water stress; Irrigation; Crop model; Water balance;


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    1. Paredes, P. & Rodrigues, G.C. & Alves, I. & Pereira, L.S., 2014. "Partitioning evapotranspiration, yield prediction and economic returns of maize under various irrigation management strategies," Agricultural Water Management, Elsevier, vol. 135(C), pages 27-39.


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