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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...

Insect Bioecology and Nutrition for Integrated Pest Management

Antônio Ricardo Panizzi, José R. P. Parra
October 19, 2016

The field of insect nutritional ecology has been defined by how insects deal with nutritional and non-nutritional compounds, and how these compounds influence their biology in evolutionary time. In contrast, Insect Bioecology and Nutrition for Integrated Pest Management presents these entomological...

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...

Crisis Management of Chronic Pollution: Contaminated Soil and Human Health

Magalie Lesueur Jannoyer, Philippe Cattan, Thierry Woignier, Florence Clostre
October 10, 2016

Crisis Management of Chronic Pollution: Contaminated Soil and Human Health deals with a long term pollution problem, generated by the former use of organochlorine pesticides. Through a case study of the chlordecone pollution in the French West Indies, the authors illustrate a global and systemic...

Micro Irrigation Management: Technological Advances and Their Applications

Megh R. Goyal
October 04, 2016

Micro Irrigation Management: Technological Advances and Their Applications, the fifth book in the Innovations and Challenges in Micro Irrigation book series, is a valuable reference volume on micro irrigation and water management for professional training institutes, technical agricultural centers,...

Forest Value Chain Optimization and Sustainability

Sophie D'Amours, Mustapha Ouhimmou, Jean-François Audy, Yan Feng
September 01, 2016

This book provides a global perspective on the various issues that the industry has to face as well as to provide some key global strategies that can help coping with those global challenges, such as collaboration, strategic value chain planning, and interdependency analyses. It presents literature...

Soil Phosphorus

Rattan Lal, B. A. Stewart
August 26, 2016

Phosphorus is an essential plant nutrient, but global population growth has dramatically reduced the availability of phosphorus fertilizer resources. Despite this scarcity, there remain numerous problems associated with the excessive and inappropriate use of phosphorus leading to non-point source...

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...

Shared Governance for Sustainable Working Landscapes

Timothy M. Gieseke
August 12, 2016

Sustaining our agricultural landscapes is no longer just a technical, scientific or even political problem, but it has evolved into a socially complex, so-called wicked problem of conflicting social governance and economics. This creates an extreme economic obstacle where the value of ecosystem...

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...

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