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Integrated Watershed Management in Rainfed Agriculture

Integrated Watershed Management in Rainfed Agriculture

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Suhas P. Wani, Johan Rockstrom, Kanwar Lal Sahrawat

September 16, 2011

This book provides a comprehensive presentation of the realization of improved rainfed agriculture yield in semi-arid and dry land areas. The incentive of watershed programs is to increase the return on investment with over 20% for 65% of the projects that are currently underperforming. Besides tech...

Rainwater Harvesting for Agriculture in the Dry Areas

Rainwater Harvesting for Agriculture in the Dry Areas

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Theib Y. Oweis, Dieter Prinz, Ahmed Y. Hachum

May 21, 2012

Dry areas suffer not only from limited rainfall but also ‘natural leakage’—90% of rainwater is lost directly or indirectly, and is unavailable for agriculture or domestic use. Water harvesting is a low-cost, easy-to-use, environmentally-friendly way to recover a large part of this lost water. ...

Greenhouse Design and Control

Greenhouse Design and Control

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Pedro Ponce, Arturo Molina, Paul Cepeda, Esther Lugo, Brian MacCleery

September 11, 2014

Agricultural production is one of the main keys to the development of healthy societies. It is anticipated that agricultural systems will increasingly have to contend with temperature, humidity and water stress in the near future. This makes the need to increase the efficiency of land and water use ...

Genetics, Genomics and Breeding of Eucalypts

Genetics, Genomics and Breeding of Eucalypts

Robert J. Henry

July 08, 2014

Eucalypts are used for the production of paper products, firewood, charcoal, potential feedstocks for bioenergy and biomaterials, as ornamentals and landscape trees, and in land rehabilitation. Eucalypt breeding is at an early stage with many plantings being only at the first stages of...

Tree Biotechnology

Tree Biotechnology

Kishan Gopal Ramawat, Jean-Michel Mérillon, M. R. Ahuja

April 01, 2014

Forest trees cover 30% of the earth's land surface, providing renewable fuel, wood, timber, shelter, fruits, leaves, bark, roots, and are source of medicinal products in addition to benefits such as carbon sequestration, water shed protection, and habitat for 1/3 of terrestrial species. However,...

Ectomycorrhizal Symbioses in Tropical and Neotropical Forests

Ectomycorrhizal Symbioses in Tropical and Neotropical Forests

Amadou M. Bâ, Krista L. McGuire, Abdala G. Diédhiou

February 20, 2014

Ectomycorrhizal symbiosis plays a major role in biodiversity and stability of ecosystems in tropical forests. It is a research imperative in tropical and neotropical forest ecosystems because they contain ecologically and economically important tree species. This book provides an overview of the...

Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Management Options: A Guide for Natural Resource Managers in Southern Forest Ecosystems

Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Management Options: A Guide for Natural Resource Managers in Southern Forest Ecosystems

James M. Vose, Kier D. Klepzig

December 05, 2013

Forest land managers face the challenges of preparing their forests for the impacts of climate change. However, climate change adds a new dimension to the task of developing and testing science-based management options to deal with the effects of stressors on forest ecosystems in the southern...

The Global Forest Sector: Changes, Practices, and Prospects

The Global Forest Sector: Changes, Practices, and Prospects

Eric Hansen, Rajat Panwar, Richard Vlosky

December 04, 2013

Changes in production, demand, supply, and trade patterns; the impact of green building and bioenergy on industry practices and policy infrastructure; and new economies with production advantages and large consumption bases all present challenges and opportunities in the forest sector. With...

Soils in Natural Landscapes

Soils in Natural Landscapes

Earl B. Alexander

October 21, 2013

In any complete investigation of terrestrial ecosystems, rocks and soils must be considered. Soils are essential resources, providing water and nutrients for vascular plants, and mitigating the flow of water from the land. In addition, soil diversity is critical for biotic diversity. While there...

Tropical Dry Forests in the Americas: Ecology, Conservation, and Management

Tropical Dry Forests in the Americas: Ecology, Conservation, and Management

Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa, Jennifer S. Powers, Geraldo W. Fernandes, Mauricio Quesada

August 29, 2013

Under threat from natural and human disturbance, tropical dry forests are the most endangered ecosystem in the tropics, yet they rarely receive the scientific or conservation attention they deserve. In a comprehensive overview, Tropical Dry Forests in the Americas: Ecology, Conservation, and...

Quantitative Techniques in Participatory Forest Management

Quantitative Techniques in Participatory Forest Management

Eugenio Martinez-Falero, Susana Martin-Fernandez, Antonio D. Garcia-Abril

August 22, 2013

Forest management has evolved from a mercantilist view to a multi-functional one that integrates economic, social, and ecological aspects. However, the issue of sustainability is not yet resolved. Quantitative Techniques in Participatory Forest Management brings together global research in three...

Invasive Plant Ecology

Invasive Plant Ecology

Shibu Jose, Harminder Pal Singh, Daizy Rani Batish, Ravinder Kumar Kohli

January 09, 2013

Invasion of non-native plant species, which has a significant impact on the earth’s ecosystems, has greatly increased in recent years due to expanding trade and transport among different countries. Understanding the ecological principles underlying the invasive process as well as the...

Global Forest Monitoring from Earth Observation

Global Forest Monitoring from Earth Observation

Frederic Achard, Matthew C. Hansen

November 19, 2012

Forests provide a large range of beneficial services, including tangible ones such as timber and recreation, and intangible services such as climate regulation, biodiversity, and watershed protection. On the other hand, forests can also be considered roadblocks to progress that occupy space more...

Forest Hydrology: An Introduction to Water and Forests, Third Edition

Forest Hydrology: An Introduction to Water and Forests, Third Edition

Mingteh Chang

November 01, 2012

Due to its height, density, and thickness of crown canopy; fluffy forest floor; large root system; and horizontal distribution; forest is the most distinguished type of vegetation on the earth. In the U.S., forests occupy about 30 percent of the total territory. Yet this 30 percent of land area...

Wildlife Science: Connecting Research with Management

Wildlife Science: Connecting Research with Management

Joseph P. Sands, Stephen J. DeMaso, Matthew J. Schnupp, Leonard A. Brennan

May 29, 2012

Despite the potential synergy that can result from basing management applications on results from research, there is a polarization of cultures between wildlife managers and wildlife researchers. Wildlife Science: Connecting Research with Management provides strategies for bridging cultural and...