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Nitrogen Management in Crop Production

Nand Kumar Fageria
November 16, 2016

One of the main approaches for safeguarding food security, sustainable development has increased demand for knowledge on fertilizer management in crop production. Among essential plant nutrients, nitrogen is one of the most important yield-limiting nutrients, mainly responsible for determining...

Plant Cytogenetics, Third Edition

Ram J. Singh
November 02, 2016

Cytogenetics plays an important role in understanding the chromosomal and genetic architecture of plant species. Plant Cytogenetics, Third Edition follows the tradition of its predecessors presenting theoretical and practical aspects of plant cytogenetics. Chapters describe correct handling of...

Plant Pathology Concepts and Laboratory Exercises, Third Edition

Bonnie H. Ownley, Robert N. Trigiano
October 27, 2016

Continuing in the tradition of its predecessors, this new edition combines an informal, easy to read style with a thorough introduction to concepts and terminology of plant pathology. After reviewing fundamental concepts, the book discusses groups of plant pathogens and molecular tools for studying...

Ornamental Geophytes: From Basic Science to Sustainable Production

Rina Kamenetsky, Hiroshi Okubo
October 26, 2016

Although a great deal of research on ornamental geophytes has been conducted since the beginning of the 1990s, current information has not been comprehensively presented to researchers and horticulturalists. Covering the latest advances in geophytes science, Ornamental Geophytes: From Basic Science...

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...

Rye: Genetics, Breeding, and Cultivation

Rolf H. J. Schlegel
October 19, 2016

Owing to its considerable winter hardiness, rye is a cereal that played a major role in the feeding of European populations throughout the Middle Ages. Recent data shows that rye is grown on about 5.4 million hectares, with a world production of approximately 13 million tons. While still an...

Cocoa Production and Processing Technology

Emmanuel Ohene Afoakwa
October 19, 2016

One of the largest food commodities exported from the developing countries to the rest of the world, cocoa has gained increasing attention on the global market—raising many questions about its quality, sustainability and traceability. Cocoa Production and Processing Technology presents detailed...

Performance Evaluation of Micro Irrigation Management: Principles and Practices

Megh R. Goyal
August 23, 2016

This new volume in the Innovations and Challenges in Micro Irrigation series covers an array of technologies to estimate evapotranspiration and to evaluate parameters that are needed in the management of micro irrigation, with worldwide applicability to irrigation management in agriculture. Topics...

Fresh-Cut Fruits and Vegetables: Technology, Physiology, and Safety

Sunil Pareek
August 01, 2016

Because they meet the needs of today’s consumers, fresh-cut plant products are currently one of the hottest commodities in the food market of industrialized countries. However, fresh-cut produce deteriorates faster than the correspondent intact produce. The main purpose of Fresh-Cut Fruits and...

Polyploidy and Hybridization for Crop Improvement

Annaliese S. Mason
July 25, 2016

Many of our current agricultural crops are natural or agricultural hybrids (between two or more species), or polyploids (containing more than one genome or set of chromosomes). These include potato, oats, cotton, oilseed rape, wheat, strawberries, kiwifruit, banana, seedless watermelon, triticale...

Crop Breeding: Bioinformatics and Preparing for Climate Change

Santosh Kumar
July 15, 2016

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters. Climate change will severely impact the world’s food supply unless steps are taken to increase crop resilience. Otherwise, the negative effects on both the yield and the quality of crop plants are predicted to be immense. Plant genomics is a...

Postharvest Management of Horticultural Crops: Practices for Quality Preservation

Mohammed Wasim Siddiqui, Asgar Ali
July 08, 2016

This book presents several pre- and postharvest strategies that have been developed to modify these physiological activities, resulting in increased shelf life. The book also discusses the best technologies that positively influence quality attributes of the produce, including senescenal changes...