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Conservation Tillage in Temperate Agroecosystems

M.R. Carter
July 13, 2017

In this invaluable book, leading agronomic researchers provide in-depth reviews of present conservation tillage practices in a wide variety of temperate agroecosystems. Each chapter characterizes how conservation tillage has been developed and adapted or modified to fit specific environments, with...

Water, Agriculture and the Environment in Spain: can we square the circle?

Lucia De Stefano, M. Ramon Llamas
June 29, 2017

"The world water problems are a due to bad governance, not to physical water scarcity."This book is inspired by this statement and explores whether it holds in a specific country, Spain, where climatic conditions – Spain is one of the most arid countries of the European Union - would fully justify...

Insect Pests of Stored Grain: Biology, Behavior, and Management Strategies

Ranjeet Kumar
June 26, 2017

Stored products of agriculture and animal origin are attacked by more than 600 species of beetles, 70 species of moths, and about 355 species of mites, causing huge quantitative and qualitative losses and insect contamination in food commodities. This is an important quality control problem. This...

Soil Quality and Biofuel Production

Rattan Lal, B.A. Stewart
June 14, 2017

From its humble beginning in the late 19th century―when Henry Ford’s first car was designed to run on ethanol―biofuel production has been on the rise with more than 26 billion liters produced in the U.S. in 2007. Ethanol made from biomass (rather than grains) holds great promise, including numerous...

Ecology and Management of Blackbirds (Icteridae) in North America

George M. Linz, Michael L. Avery, Richard A. Dolbeer
June 12, 2017

The various species of new world blackbirds, often intermingled in large foraging flocks and nighttime roosts, collectively number in the hundreds of millions and are a dominant component of the natural and agricultural avifauna in North America today. Because of their abundance, conspicuous...

Genetics, Genomics and Breeding of Sunflower

Jinguo Hu, Gerald Seiler, C. Kole
June 07, 2017

The sunflower has fascinated mankind for centuries. The oilseed sunflower contributes approximately ten percent of the world’s plant-derived edible oil and the confection type sunflower holds a considerable share of the directly consumed snacks market. In addition, sunflower is also grown as...

Integrated Watershed Management in Rainfed Agriculture

Suhas P. Wani, Johan Rockstrom, Kanwar Lal Sahrawat
May 31, 2017

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...

Application of Uncertainty Analysis to Ecological Risks of Pesticides

William J. Warren-Hicks, Andy Hart
May 31, 2017

While current methods used in ecological risk assessments for pesticides are largely deterministic, probabilistic methods that aim to quantify variability and uncertainty in exposure and effects are attracting growing interest from industries and governments. Probabilistic methods offer more...

Mycorrhizal Biotechnology

Devarajan Thangadurai, Carlos Alberto Busso, Mohamed Hijri
May 31, 2017

Several studies have demonstrated that mycorrhizal associations play vital role in plant nutrition. They greatly increase the efficiency of nutrient and water uptake, enhance resistance to pathogens, and buffer plant species against several environmental stresses and drought resistance. Mycorrhizae...

Plant Virus, Vector

S. Mukhopadhyay
May 31, 2017

Stressing the key role vectors play spread of virus diseases, this volume represents the priorities in practical plant virus research and ways in which their control or management should be sought through an understanding of the practical and environmental aspects of the interactions of viruses...

Biology, Physiology and Molecular Biology of Weeds

Mithila Jugulam
May 11, 2017

The book provides comprehensive information on a wide range of topics from biology, physiology, genetics to the use of genomic tools in weed science. The book covers information at a more advanced level than the previously published books in weed science. It covers not only weed genetics and...

Solar Energy Sciences and Engineering Applications

Napoleon Enteria, Aliakbar Akbarzadeh
April 30, 2017

Solar energy is available all over the world in different intensities. Theoretically, the solar energy available on the surface of the earth is enough to support the energy requirements of the entire planet. However, in reality, progress and development of solar science and technology depends to a...