The working group INRES-Crop Science is dealing with research questions related to agronomy and crop science, resource use and food security at different scales. The focus is on quantitative analysis, mopdelling and simulation of crops and cropping systems and their adaptability to changing environmental and management conditions. Increasing primary production by improved resource use efficiency of cropping systems is an important aspect. The group works in an interdisciplinary setting in order to cover crop production in the context of eco-physiological as well as economic constraints.
The working group INRES-Crop Science contributes with a systemic analysis, assessment and modeling of cropping systems from the field scale to larger spatial scales. The models, implemented within an innovative modeling framework SIMPLACE (www.simplace.net), are used to understand the effect of modifying system components (e.g. crop physiological properties or crop management practices) in the context of the soil-plant atmosphere system and to develop crop management adaptation options.