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Soil-Plant-Water Relations Community

The Soil-Plant-Water Relations Community is an ASA Community within the Climatology and Modeling Section.

This community will focus on improving knowledge in soil-plant-water relations (SPWR) in response to changes in climate, current advancements in crop genetics and management and use of extreme/marginal environments for crop production.  It will promote understanding and identifying opportunities in systems approach in crop production, incorporating advances in development of approaches and techniques in measurements and identifying the knowledge gaps in soil-plant-water relations to support climatology and modeling.  The SPWR community will interact with members from SSSA divisions S1 and S6 and CSSA division C2 to advance the research in soil-plant-water relations.

The SPWR community will be interested in understanding the processes important in soil-plant-water relations and their incorporation in modeling.  The community focuses on advances in measurement techniques and their use in current research efforts and identifying knowledge gaps and research priorities in soil-plant-water relations to address changes in climate, genetics and management.  Community will promote utilization of measurement techniques in root, soil moisture, and plant water status, determining critical growth stages of crops for moisture stress and impact of soil-water on crop yield (crop specific knowledgebase).

2015

Chair 2015: Dr. Jessica A. Torrion, Montana State University- Northwestern Ag Research Center (NWARC), Kalispell, MT

The SPWR Community will be hosting 2 sessions for this year's ASA-CSSA-SSSA & ESA Meeting: 1) SPWR Symposium, and 2) Poster (General SPWR). Please take note of our symposium description below:

Symposium

"Quantitative assessment of agronomic management impacts to soil-plant-water-relations"

Because crop water use is often influenced by management practices, it is important to understand management effects on growth and productivity in rainfed and irrigated cropping systems. This session addresses identifying management (M) factors of the G x E x M interaction to maintain/enhance crop water productivity and the quantitative measures for understanding soil-plant-water relations in achieving maximum crop productivity. For example, what M and how much can be modified or controlled appropriately to enable maximum water productivity.   The level and timing of abiotic factors, control of biotic factors, and methods and timing of crop establishment or maturity, but not limited to, the choice of the “best” adaptive variety or crop (G) will be emphasized and quantified.

Graduate Student Competition for both the General Sessions Oral and Poster. See the description below:

Graduate Student Competition, Guidelines, and Awards

The Soil-Plant-Water Relations (SPWR) community will sponsor a Poster Graduate Student Competition (General SPWR I) session. The purpose of this competition is to recognize professional achievement of young scientists. Abstracts must be submitted through the ASA Section: Climatology & Modeling website then 1) select Poster (General SPWR I) session and 2) specify that the paper is to be entered into the Graduate Student Competition. Presentations will be judged by individuals appointed by the Community Leader and Vice-Leader. Evaluation criteria (equal weighting) will include rationale and objective, research methodology, interpretation of results, contribution to knowledge and clarity of presentation. Awards for best poster presentation will include $100, a certificate and recognition on the Community webpage and announcement to the Community members.

 

Additional community annoucement:

We support the symposium "Going from Big Data to Farm Decision" by the Precision Ag Community

 

Acknowledgement:

Dr. Torrion (2015 SWPR Chair) would like to acknowledge the support provided by Dr. John J. Read (2016 SPWR Chair Elect), Dr. Susan O'Shaughnessy & Dr. Steve Evette (all from USDA-ARS) in this year's planning and activities.

 

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2014

Chair 2014: Dr. Rob Aiken, NWREC, Kansas State University, Colby, KS  

The SPWR Community will be hosting 3 sessions for this year's ASA-CSSA-SSSA Meeting: 1) SPWR Symposium, 2) Oral (General SPWR I), and 3) Poster (General SPWR II). Please take note of our symposium description below:

Symposium

"Innovative Crop and Water Management Technologies to Enhance Crop Water Productivity"

Maintaining and enhancing crop productivity, with diminished water supplies, brings challenges to management of rain-fed and irrigated cropping systems. This session addressed measures of crop productivity that relate to efficiency of water use, including biophysical constraints/limitations and cultivar-specific responses to available water in the soil profile. Innovations in technology and management that enhance crop water productivity was featured. Clik here on the symposium topics and presentations by our invited speakers.

Graduate Student Competition for both the General Sessions Oral and Poster. See the description below:

Graduate Student Competition, Guidelines, and Awards

The Soil-Plant-Water Relations (SPWR) community will sponsor a Graduate Student Competition for both Oral (General SPWR I) and Poster (General SPWR II) sessions. The purpose of this competition is to recognize professional achievement of young scientists. Abstracts must be submitted through the ASA Section: Climatology & Modeling website, selecting either Oral (General SPWR I) or Poster (General SPWR II) sessions and noting the paper is to be entered into the Graduate Student Competition. Presentations will be judged by individuals appointed by the Community Leader and Vice-Leader. Evaluation criteria (equal weighting) will include rationale and objective, research methodology, interpretation of results, contribution to knowledge and clarity of presentation. Awards for best oral and best poster presentations will include $100, a certificate and recognition on the Community web-page and in a notice to Community members.

The 2014 SPWR Graduate Student Awards were conferred to:

Luke Milliron-University of California-Davis and Nyaz Sulaiman- Harper Adams University (U.K). See the summarized version Luke's poster below and the link of Nyaz' abstract

View the Soil-Plant-Water Relations Community Leadership Roster