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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...

Biotic Stress Management in Rice: Molecular Approaches

Md. Shamim, K.N. Singh
June 19, 2017

This book, Biotic Stress Management in Rice: Molecular Approaches, addresses biotic stress of rice and its management through molecular approaches. It focuses on the biotechnological aspects of rice with the aim of reducing the fungicide and insecticides and ultimately ensuring safety of rice as a...

Interfacial Chemistry of Rocks and Soils

Noemi M. Nagy, Jozsef Konya
June 16, 2017

Knowledge of the basic interactions that take place between geological materials and different substances is the first step in understanding the effects of adsorption and other interfacial processes on the quality of rocks and soils, and on driving these processes towards a beneficial or neutral...

Semi-Field Methods for the Environmental Risk Assessment of Pesticides in Soil

Andreas Schaeffer, Paul J. van den Brink, Fred Heimbach, Simon P. Hoy, Frank M.W. de Jong, Jorg Rombke, Martina Roß-Nickoll, Jose P. Sousa
June 14, 2017

Based on discussions at the 2007 SETAC Europe PERAS Workshop in Coimbra, Semi-Field Methods for the Environmental Risk Assessment of Pesticides in Soil presents a timely summary of state-of-the-art higher-tier terrestrial risk assessment of plant protection products (PPPs). Influential regulators,...

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...

Meta-analysis and Combining Information in Genetics and Genomics

Rudy Guerra, Darlene R. Goldstein
June 14, 2017

Novel Techniques for Analyzing and Combining Data from Modern Biological StudiesBroadens the Traditional Definition of Meta-Analysis With the diversity of data and meta-data now available, there is increased interest in analyzing multiple studies beyond statistical approaches of formal...

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...

Plant OMICS and Crop Breeding

Sajad Majeed Zargar, Vandna Rai
June 09, 2017

Due to the advent of state-of-the-art technologies in the field of biotechnology, much progress has been achieved since the last decade. OMICS technologies are being extensively used to address various issues pertaining to agriculture. Recent advances in genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and...

Top 100 Exotic Food Plants

Ernest Small
June 07, 2017

Many edible plants considered exotic in the Western world are actually quite mainstream in other cultures. While some of these plants are only encountered in ethnic food markets or during travels to foreign lands, many are now finding their way onto supermarket shelves. Top 100 Exotic Food Plants...

Soil Biochemistry

K Haider, Andreas Schäffer
June 07, 2017

Soils play a central role in the conversion of organic matter and element fluxes because of the large number of microorganisms present in the soil. In this book the more important processes that are driven by microbiological activity are discussed. It will be of interest to students of chemistry,...

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...