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Engineering Practices for Agricultural Production and Water Conservation: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Megh R. Goyal, R. K. Sivanappan
March 14, 2017

This informative new book takes an interdisciplinary look at agricultural and food production and how new engineering practices can be used to enhance production. With contributions from international experts from India, Russia, China, Serbia, and USA, this book presents a selection of chapters on...

Soil Salinity Management in Agriculture: Technological Advances and Applications

S. K. Gupta, Megh R. Goyal
March 13, 2017

This important volume, Soil Salinity Management in Agriculture, addresses the crucial issue of soil salinity of potential farmland and provides a comprehensive picture of the saline environment and plant interactions, along with management and reclamation methods and policies. With contributions...

Biochar: A Guide to Analytical Methods

Balwant Singh, Marta Camps Arbestain, Johannes Lehmann
March 03, 2017

Interest in biochar among soil and environment researchers has increased dramatically over the past decade. Biochar initially attracted attention for its potential to improve soil fertility and to uncouple the carbon cycle, by storing carbon from the atmosphere in a form that can remain stable for...

Improving Seed Conditioning

Bill Gregg
February 23, 2017

Seed conditioning is the final process that establishes the quality of a seed lot and determines its value. It is a complex process involving a significant series of machines, each of which must be used in the proper sequence of the entire process, and each machine must be carefully and properly...

Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Infrastructures: Challenges and Opportunities

Abad Chabbi, Henry W. Loescher
February 22, 2017

Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Infrastructures: Challenges and Opportunities reveals how environmental research infrastructures (RIs) provide new valuable insights on ecological processes that cannot be realized by more traditional short-term funding cycles and are integral to understand our...

Phosphorus Management in Crop Production

Nand Kumar Fageria, Zhenli He, Virupax C. Baligar
February 10, 2017

The world population is projected to reach nine billion by 2050, and in the coming years, global food demand is expected to increase by 50% or more. Higher crop productivity gains in the future will have to be achieved in developing countries through better natural resources management and crop...

Cerambycidae of the World: Biology and Pest Management

Qiao Wang
January 17, 2017

There are more than 36,000 described species in the family Cerambycidae in the world. With the significant increase of international trade in the recent decades, many cerambycid species have become major plant pests outside their natural distribution range, causing serious environmental problems at...

Sustainable Development of Organic Agriculture: Historical Perspectives

Kimberly Etingoff
December 20, 2016

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters. This important compilation presents an in-depth view spanning past values and practices, present understandings, and potential futures, and covering a range of concrete case studies on sustainable development of organic agriculture. The book...

Potential Use of Solar Energy and Emerging Technologies in Micro Irrigation

Megh R. Goyal, Manoj K. Ghosal
November 28, 2016

This new book, the fourth volume in the Innovations and Challenges in Micro Irrigation book series, examines the potential of solar energy and other emerging energy technologies in micro irrigation to create sustainable energy sources. The authors discuss a variety of innovative micro irrigation...

Encyclopedia of Soil Science, Third Edition

Rattan Lal
November 01, 2016

New and Improved Global Edition: Three-Volume Set A ready reference addressing a multitude of soil and soil management concerns, the highly anticipated and widely expanded third edition of Encyclopedia of Soil Science now spans three volumes and covers ground on a global scale. A definitive guide...

Bacterial Diseases of Crop Plants

Suresh G. Borkar, Rupert Anand Yumlembam
October 25, 2016

Food and agriculture is an important component in the development and survival of civilizations. Around half of the world’s population and their economies are influenced by agricultural farm production. Plant diseases take as much as a 30 percent toll of the crop harvest if not managed properly and...

The Feeding of Nations: Redefining Food Security for the 21st Century

Mark Gibson
October 19, 2016

In the last decade, the world has grown richer and produced more food than ever before. Yet in that same period, hunger has increased and 925 million remain underfed and malnourished. Exploring this troubling paradox, The Feeding of Nations: Re-Defining Food Security for the 21st Century offers a...