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Advances in irrigation techniques for rice cultivation

Code: 9781838792411
D. S. Gaydon, CSIRO Agriculture, Australia

Chapter synopsis: Rice land receives 35–45% of all the world’s irrigation water. In view of growing concerns about future water scarcity, achieving water savings in irrigated rice production has become a key research challenge. This chapter considers the key techniques for improving rice water productivity through enhanced irrigation practices aiming to reduce irrigation water use in rice cultivation. These include the cultivation of aerobic rice, the use of the Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) technique, and the deployment of Ssaturated Ssoil Cculture. The chapter includes a detailed case study of water savings management in rice cultivation in southeast Australia and suggests possible lines for future research.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2016.0003.14
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Water-saving measures 3 Scale-dependency of water productivity and water savings 4 Aerobic rice as a water-saving measure 5 Alternate wetting and drying (AWD) as a water-saving measure 6 Saturated soil culture (SSC) as a water-saving measure 7 Case study: water-saving irrigation in southeast Australia 8 Future trends and conclusion 9 Where to look for further information 10 References

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