Tropical Plant Production and Agricultural Systems Modelling

Our goal is to conduct research and research-oriented training to further the understanding of the functioning of major tropical plant production systems in a changing environment. Environmental changes comprise the big challenges agricultural systems are increasingly facing in the future in the different regions in the tropics and sub-tropics: water scarcity, soil nutrient depletion, soil loss, more severe adverse weather events, enhanced ozone concentrations and climate change. Last, but not least, in collaboration with other disciplines we conduct quantitative research on the various dimensions of food security at different scales.


Key Publications

Hoffmann, M.P., et al. (2016). Assessing the Potential for Zone-Specific Management of Cereals in Low-Rainfall South-Eastern Australia: Combining On-Farm Results and Simulation Analysis Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science 203, 14–28.

Kassie, B.T., Van Ittersum, M.K., Hengsdijk, H., Asseng, S., Wolf, J. & Rötter, R.P. (2014). Climate-induced yield variability and yield gaps of maize (Zea mays L.) in the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia Field Crops Research 160, 41-53.
Bracho-Mujica, G., et al. (2024). Effects of Changes in Climatic Means and Variability on Future Wheat and Maize Yields and the Role of Adaptive Agro-Technologies in Reducing Negative Impacts. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology Volume 346,2024,109887.

Appiah, M., et al. (2023). Projected impacts of sowing date and cultivar choice on the timing of heat and drought stress in spring barley grown along a European transect.Field Crops Research 291, 108768.
DOI: 10.1016/j.fcr.2022.108768

Asseng, S., et al. (2015). Rising temperatures reduce global wheat production Nature Climate Change 5, 143-147.

Hoffmann, M.P., et al. (2018). Exploring adaptations of groundnut cropping to prevailing climate variability and extremes in Limpopo Province, South Africa Field Crops Research 219, 1-13.
DOI: 10.1016/j.fcr.2018.01.019

Rötter, R.P., et al. (2018). Linking modelling and experimentation to better capture crop impacts of agroclimatic extremes - A review Field Crops Research 221, 142–156.
DOI: 10.1016/j.fcr.2018.02.023

Kahiluoto, H., et al. (2014). Cultivating resilience by empirically revealing response diversity Global Environmental Change 25, 186-193.

Rötter, R.P., et al. (2015). Use of crop simulation modelling to aid ideotype design of future cereal cultivars Journal of Experimental Botany 66, 3463-3476.

Rötter, R.P., Tao, F., Höhn, J.G., Palosuo, T. (2015) Use of crop simulation modelling to aid ideotype design of future cereal cultivars Journal of Experimental Botany 66 (12), 3463-3476
DOI: 10.1093/jxb/erv098erv098

Tao, F., Rötter, R.P., Palosuo, T., et al. (2016) Designing future barley ideotypes using a crop model ensemble European Journal of Agronomy 82(A), 144-162
DOI: 10.1016/j.eja.2016.10.012
Liu, K. et al., (2023).Silver lining to a climate crisis in multiple prospects for alleviating crop waterlogging under future climates. Nat Commun 14, 765 DOI: 10.1038/s41467-023-36129-4

de Wit, A., et al. (2015). WOFOST developer's response to article by Stella et al. Environmental Modelling & Software 59, 44-58.

Hoffmann, M.P., et al. (2014). Simulating potential growth and yield in oil palm with PALMSIM: Model description, evaluation and application Agricultural Systems 131, 1-10.

Rötter, R.P., et al. (2011). Crop–climate models need an overhaul Nature Climate Change 1, 175-177.

Rötter, R.P., et al. (2014). Robust uncertainty Nature Climate Change 4, 251-252.

Wallach, D., et al. (2016). Estimating model prediction error: Should you treat predictions as fixed or random? Environmental Modelling & Software 84, 529-539.

Ewert, F., et al. (2015). Crop modelling for integrated assessment of risk to food production from climate change Environmental Modelling & Software 72, 287-303.

Liu, X., et al. (2016). Dynamic economic modelling of crop rotations with farm management practices under future pest pressure Agricultural Systems 144, 65-76.