Contact research group leader

Fulai Liu
Associate Professor
M: fl@plen.ku.dk
Ph: +45 35 33 33 92

Crop Stress Physiology group focuses on the physiological and biochemical regulation of growth and functioning of crop plants subjected to major abiotic stresses. We have given much attention to the relative importance of hydraulic and chemical influences on the crop vegetative and reproductive physiology under drought/heat stresses. Our research aims at improving crop yield and quality and resource/energy use efficiencies in field and in greenhouse production systems by exploiting plant adaptation mechanisms to environmental perturbations for a future warmer, drier and CO2 enriched climate. We also address food security and agrobiodiversity to enhance resilience and broaden our food diets by optimizing land management and sustainable production systems with high value tropical crops.

Research themes

  • Crop physiological responses to abiotic stresses including drought, heat, cold, salinity and light stresses

  • Biological water-saving irrigation strategies

  • Crop nutrient (N, P) use efficiency, and the roles of biochar amendment and controlled soil water dynamics in improving soil N and P bioavailability

  • Effects of elevated CO2 on stomatal response to drought and heat stress as well as C and N metabolisms in source and sink organs

  • Effect of inoculation of mycorrhiza/plant growth-promoting rhizobacterial endophytes on crop C and N dynamics and tolerance to abiotic stresses

  • Effect of canopy density and climate parameters on crop transpiration in pot plants and how it relates to acclimation of stomatal density and regulation

  • Physiological effect of the spectral composition of light on plant growth and morphology during propagation and early development of pot plants

  • The role of photorespiration in the temperature response of photosynthesis

  • Physiological responses of high value tropical species (e.g. high protein and underutilized crops) to abiotic and biotic stress

  • Diversification of agro-ecosystems, cropping systems, food and diets

  • Optimization of production systems with high value tropical crops

  • Environmental system analysis of cropping systems that include high value tropical species

  • Socio-economic studies related to the use of high value tropical species

Current research projects

  • Development of high quality food protein through sustainable production and processing - PROTEIN2FOOD (2015 – 2020), 8,817,637 EURO

  • The effect of biochar on root-to-shoot signalling of tomato during soil drying (SDC, 2019-2020), 750,000 DKK.

  • Intelligent Light: LED to control plant reactions (GUDP, 2016-2019), 2,543,000 DKK

  • Integrated Water, Energy-from-Biomass, Soil, Organics, and Crop (WEBSOC) management strategies tailored to Ghanaian farming communities (DANIDA, 2014-2018), 455,000 DKK

  • The effect of biochar on P bioavailability in acidic, alkaline and iron oxide rich soils (SDC, 2015-2018), 1,500,000 DKK

  • Improving models and plant phenotyping pipelines for a smart agriculture under abiotic stress combination and elevated CO2 (ModCarboStress) (FACCE-ERA-NET, 2015-2017), 1,245,000 DKK

  • Sustainable grain yield and quality of wheat crops for a future warmer and drier climate (Villum Foundation Block Stipend to postdoc Xiangnan Li, 2015-2017), 1,730,000 DKK

  • RedHum, fugtstyring i væksthus (GUDP, 2014-2017), 2,789,000 DKK.

Group members

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