EGU22-9441, updated on 28 Mar 2022
EGU General Assembly 2022
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Water use efficiency (WUE) Modeling at Leaf level of Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) in Telangana, India

Shreedevi Moharana and Phanindra BVN Kambhammettu
Shreedevi Moharana and Phanindra BVN Kambhammettu
  • Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, Civil Engineering, Hyderabad, India (

Water use efficiency (WUE) plays a vital role in planning and management of irrigation strategies. Considering the spatial scale, WUE can be quantified at scales ranging from leaf to whole-plant to ecosystem to region. However, the inter-relation and their associate is poorly understood. This study is aimed at stimulating WUE of irrigated cotton at leaf () and further investigate the role of environmental and biophysical conditions on WUE dynamics. This study was conducted in an agricultural croplands located in Sangareddy district, about 70 km west of Hyderabad, the capital city of southern state Telangana, India. Ground based observation were made such as soil moisture, photosynthetic parameters and meteorological parameters. Modelling leaf water use efficiency has been established. The stomatal conductance  and  of cotton leaves exposed to ambient CO2 were simulated using Ball-Berry (mBB) model. Moreover, the stomatal conductance  and  of Cotton leaves exposed to ambient CO2 is simulated using modified Ball-Berry model, with instantaneous gas exchanges measured around noon used to parameterize and validate the model. We observed a large diurnal (4.3±1.9 mmolCO2 mol-1H2O) and seasonal (5.16±1.51 mmolCO2 mol-1H2O) variations in  during the crop period. Model simulated  and  are in agreement with the measurements (R2>0.5, RMSE<0.3). Our results conclude that WUE is ruled by climatic as well as vegetative factors respectively, and are largely controlled by changes in transpiration over photosynthesis. This needs further investigation with extensive analysis by building library of in-situ measurements.


Keywords: Cotton, WUE, Irrigation, Stomatal conductance, Ball Berry Model

How to cite: Moharana, S. and Kambhammettu, P. B.: Water use efficiency (WUE) Modeling at Leaf level of Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) in Telangana, India, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-9441,, 2022.