Plant Physiology and Crop Improvement
The Group is concerned with how environmental and genetic factors affect the physiology of crops and thus their yield and quality.
In recent years, knowledge of crop growth has expanded rapidly using molecular techniques. The Group provides a link between these exciting areas and traditional crop physiology and considers their application to plant breeding for particular purposes.
In recent years, the Group has been responsible for conferences on topics as diverse as the links between genotype and phenotype, optimisation of water-use by plants in the Mediterranean and the role of crop quality in sustainable livestock production.
Conferences are often held in conjunction with other Specialist Groups and other organisations.