The greatest challenge of our time is to produce sufficient food ot keep pace with the rapidly growing population. In the opinion of experts, during the next 25 years there will be a need for as much food as was produced in the entire history of mankind to date. Of the various measures available, improvement in agricultural productivity is judged as the ultimate means of augmenting food production and supplies. In this Handbook, an international team of experts consider the most important factors affecting production of both crops and livestock. This Handbook is intended as a scientific guide to practitioners and students, as well as to researchers, who should find here stimulating ideas for further exploration.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Physical Environment 1. Climatic Variability and Plant Productivity 2. Temperature and Plant Productivity 3. Humidity and Plant Productivity 4. Water and Plant Productivity of Yield SOIL Part 2: Environment 5. Soil Aeration and Plant Productivity 6. Soil pH and Plant Productivity 7. Soil Fertility and Plant Productivity 8. Nitrogen Fixation and Crop Productivity 9. Salinity and Plant Productivity Part 3: Crop Physiology 10. The Biology of Crop Yield 11. Seed Storage, Loss of Viability, Genetic Damage, and Crop Yield 12. Plant Development and Crop Productivity 13. Rooting Pattern and Crop Productivity 14. Plant Population and Crop Yield 15. Transpiration and Productivity 16. Photosynthetic Efficiency and Plant Productivity Part 3: Agronomic Practices 17. Tillage and Crop Productivity 18. Irrigation and Crop Productivity 19. Crop Rotation and Plant Productivity 20. Organic Reserves in Herbage Plants: Their Relationship to Grassland Management Part 4: Stress 21. Environmental Stress and Plant Productivity 22. Air Pollution Plant Response, and Productivity Air Pollution, Plant Response, and Productivity 23. Microbial Disease and Plant Productivity