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Assessing water uptake in sugar beet (Beta vulgaris) under different watering regimes (2017)
Journal Article
Fitters, T. F., Bussell, J. S., Mooney, S. J., & Sparkes, D. L. (2017). Assessing water uptake in sugar beet (Beta vulgaris) under different watering regimes. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 144, doi:10.1016/j.envexpbot.2017.10.001. ISSN 0098-8472

Sugar beet yield worldwide is substantially reduced as a result of drought stress. Water uptake may be limited by the plant (e.g. low root density) or by soil physical constraints. An experiment was conducted to assess the ability of sugar beet to pr... Read More

Quantification of seed–soil contact of sugar beet (Beta vulgaris) using X-ray Computed Tomography (2017)
Journal Article
Blunk, S., Malik, A. H., de Heer, M. I., Ekblad, T., Bussell, J. S., Sparkes, D. L., …Mooney, S. J. (in press). Quantification of seed–soil contact of sugar beet (Beta vulgaris) using X-ray Computed Tomography. Plant Methods, 13(71), doi:10.1186/s13007-017-0220-4. ISSN 1746-4811

Abstract Background: Seed–soil contact is important to ensure successful germination, however, there is a paucity of reported studies that have quantified the microstructure at and around this critical interface, mainly due to the opacity of soil.... Read More