Agronomy and Horticulture Department


Date of this Version



Field Crops Research 143 (2013) 1–3


© 2012 Elsevier B.V.


Yield gap analysis is an increasingly popular concept. It is a powerful method to reveal and understand the biophysical opportunities to meet the projected increase in demand for agricultural products towards 2050, and to support decision making on research, policies, development and investment that is needed. This Special Issue presents the state-of-the-art about concepts, methods and applications of yield gap analysis. The methodological papers emphasize the need for agronomically sound and relevant analyses, from local to global scales. The fourteen papers provide examples of applications to different crops, climate zones and production conditions, at various spatial extents and with different approaches and data availability. The overall goal of this Special Issue is to provide the scientific foundation for improvement and interpretation of yield gap analyses.