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See below for a selection of the latest books from Agricultural science category. Presented with a red border are the Agricultural science books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Agricultural science books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Advances in measuring soil health

Advances in measuring soil health

Author: Wilfred Otten Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/07/2020

The renewed interest in understanding and improving soil health has placed greater emphasis on the ways soil health can be measured. has been a wealth of research on developing better lab analytical techniques, in-situ and remote sensing technologies to achieve these goals. This collection reviews these developments and their implications for better monitoring and management of farm soils. This volume begins with a review of advances in measuring soil biological activity. Chapters cover developments in molecular techniques such as next-generation sequencing as well as improvements in measuring fauna such as earthworms, microbial and fungal communities Part 2 surveys developments in measuring soil physical properties. The book discusses advances in visual, imaging and geophysical techniques as well as ways of assessing key properties such as erodibiity. Part 3 summarises advances in measuring soil chemical properties using spectral and other techniques. The collection concludes by reviewing soil health indicators and decision support systems for improving soil management.

Handbook of Irrigation System Selection for Semi-Arid Regions

Handbook of Irrigation System Selection for Semi-Arid Regions

Author: Mohammad Albaji Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2020

The Handbook of Irrigation System Selection for Semi-Arid Regions compares the various types of available irrigation systems for different regions and conditions, and explains how to analyze field data to determine the suitability of the land for surface, sprinkle, or drip irrigation systems. The book focuses on strategies for irrigation development and management and examines deficit irrigation and partial root-zone drying systems. Also, solute leaching modeling under different irrigation systems, soil moisture conditions, and organic fertilizer application in arid areas are discussed. Further, it examines multi-criteria decision making for irrigation management and the appraisal of agricultural lands for irrigation in hot, sub-humid regions. Features: Presents comparative analysis to aid in the selection of the most appropriate types of irrigation systems according to land characteristics. Includes numerous practical case studies. Offers parametric evaluation systems for irrigation purposes. Considers data from semi-arid zones, each with different sub-climates. Focusing on semi-arid land, the book highlights parametric evaluation systems for irrigation purposes, along with the use of analytical hierarchy processes integrated with GIS to determine which systems are best suited. This comprehensive and well-illustrated handbook will be of great interest to students, professionals, and researchers involved with all aspects of irrigation in semi-arid regions.

Particulate Plastics in Terrestrial and Aquatic Environments

Particulate Plastics in Terrestrial and Aquatic Environments

Author: Nanthi (University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW, Australia) Bolan Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/07/2020

The manufacture of plastic as well as its indiscriminate disposal and destruction by incineration pollutes atmospheric, terrestrial, and aquatic ecosystems. Synthetic plastics do not break down; they accumulate in the environment as macro-, micro-, and nano-plastics. These particulate plastics are a major source of pollutants in soil and marine ecosystems. Particulate Plastics in Terrestrial and Aquatic Environments provides a fundamental understanding of the sources of these plastics and the threats they pose to the environment. The book demonstrates the ecotoxicity of particulate plastics using case studies and offers management practices to mitigate particulate-plastic contamination in the environment. Features * Describes physical and chemical properties of particulate plastics in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. * Presents information on characteristics of particulate plastics as impacted by weathering processes. * Provides numerous approaches to managing particulate-plastic contamination. * Identifies sources of particulate plastics in the environment; distribution and characteristics of particulate plastics; and management strategies of particulate plastics. Written by a global team of scientists, this book is for researchers in the fields of environmental safety and waste management or individuals interested in the impacts of particulate plastics on environmental health.

Particulate Plastics in Terrestrial and Aquatic Environments

Particulate Plastics in Terrestrial and Aquatic Environments

Author: Nanthi (University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW, Australia) Bolan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/2020

The manufacture of plastic as well as its indiscriminate disposal and destruction by incineration pollutes atmospheric, terrestrial, and aquatic ecosystems. Synthetic plastics do not break down; they accumulate in the environment as macro-, micro-, and nano-plastics. These particulate plastics are a major source of pollutants in soil and marine ecosystems. Particulate Plastics in Terrestrial and Aquatic Environments provides a fundamental understanding of the sources of these plastics and the threats they pose to the environment. The book demonstrates the ecotoxicity of particulate plastics using case studies and offers management practices to mitigate particulate-plastic contamination in the environment. Features * Describes physical and chemical properties of particulate plastics in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. * Presents information on characteristics of particulate plastics as impacted by weathering processes. * Provides numerous approaches to managing particulate-plastic contamination. * Identifies sources of particulate plastics in the environment; distribution and characteristics of particulate plastics; and management strategies of particulate plastics. Written by a global team of scientists, this book is for researchers in the fields of environmental safety and waste management or individuals interested in the impacts of particulate plastics on environmental health.

Challenges and Opportunities for Chinese Agriculture Feeding Many While Protecting the Environment

Challenges and Opportunities for Chinese Agriculture Feeding Many While Protecting the Environment

Author: Wensheng Chen Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/07/2020

This book elaborates on the transformation of agricultural development in China into the construction of a resource and ecologically sound society , and the coordinated development of industrialization, urbanization, and agricultural modernization in China. It focuses on the multiple goals of transforming the Chinese agricultural development model, inner motivations, approaches, and supporting systems under environmental and resource constraints. The author endeavors to build a theoretical framework for transforming agricultural development model in the construction of a resource and ecologically sound society . To achieve this, the author addresses successively across seven chapters issues such as the multiple goals of China's agricultural development transformation under resource and environmental constraints, the transformation of the utilization mode of resources, resource and ecologically sound agriculture -oriented agricultural production system transformation, the transformation of commercialized rural service system, and institutional innovations in the resource and ecologically sound agricultural transformation.

Home Gardens for Improved Food Security and Livelihoods

Home Gardens for Improved Food Security and Livelihoods

Author: D. Hashini (Michigan State University, USA) Galhena Dissanayake Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/07/2020

Home Gardens for Improved Food Security and Livelihoods demonstrates how home gardens hold particular significance for resource-poor and marginalized communities in developing countries, and how they offer a versatile strategy towards building local and more resilient food systems. With food and nutritional security being a major global challenge, there is an urgent need to find innovative ways to increase food production and diversify food sources while increasing income-generating opportunities for communities faced with hunger and poverty. This book shows that, when implemented properly, home gardens can become just such an innovative solution, as well as an integral part of sustainable food security programmes. It provides a conceptual overview of social, economic, environmental, and nutritional issues related to home gardening in diverse contexts, including gender issues and biodiversity conservation and presents case studies from Africa, Asia and Latin America, highlighting home gardening experiences and initiatives. The volume concludes with a synthesis of key lessons learned and ways forward for further enhancing home gardens for sustainable food security and development. This book will be of paramount importance to students and academics working on local food systems, urban food and food security and sustainable development more broadly.

The Book of Wheat An Economic History and Practical Manual of the Wheat Industry

The Book of Wheat An Economic History and Practical Manual of the Wheat Industry

Author: Peter Tracy Dondlinger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2020

First published in 1910, this volume was the result of fifteen years of study in the American Northwest. The author contributed to the burgeoning field of industrial and economic history, providing a practical manual for the entirety of the wheat industry at the time. Whilst smaller studies had been published before, this was the first general work on the subject, covering topics including the wheat plant, cultivation, diseases, marketing and production. It was of particular interest to growers, dealers and millers and was accessible to popular readers, students, instructors and experimenters.

Diseases of Field Crops Diagnosis and Management Volume 1: Cereals, Small Millets, and Fiber Crops

Diseases of Field Crops Diagnosis and Management Volume 1: Cereals, Small Millets, and Fiber Crops

Author: J. N. Srivastava Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2020

This new 2-volume set, Diseases of Field Crops: Diagnosis and Management, helps to fill the need for research on plant diseases, their effects, how they spread, and effective management measures to mitigate their harmful effects. The volumes in this set showcase recent advances in molecular plant pathology and discuss appropriate diagnostic techniques for identification of causal agents and diseases, providing the information necessary to establish management strategies. The chapters in these two volumes include detailed description of symptoms, causal organisms, disease cycles, epidemiology, and management techniques of economically important diseases. The volumes explore existing strategies and offer new methods that can be used in an integrated manner and with a comprehensive approach for the management of major diseases of the field crops. Also taken into consideration is the impact of global climate change on the spread and severity of plant diseases.

Agribusiness as the Future of Agriculture The Sugarcane Industry under Climate Change in the Southeast Mediterranean

Agribusiness as the Future of Agriculture The Sugarcane Industry under Climate Change in the Southeast Mediterranean

Author: Youssef M. Hamada Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2020

This book, Agribusiness as the Future of Agriculture: The Sugarcane Industry under Climate Change in the Southeast Mediterranean, reviews the challenges of agribusiness in the Southeast Mediterranean Sea. As climate change creates new risks to human populations and food security, a better analysis is needed to understand this new level of uncertainty and to understand how it will impact agriculture and its relationship with economies, livelihoods, and development. Africa emits low greenhouse gases but is hit the hardest by global warming, posing a serious challenge to increasing agricultural productivity in the Southeast Mediterranean Sea. The author focuses on sugarcane cultivation in Egypt to illustrate the impact of climate change on agribusiness. Sugarcane in Egypt is used as a local food source, for international trade, for the balance of payments, for land and water use, and as a basic product for food and fiber manufacturing. Hence every aspect of the economic structure of Egypt relates to agriculture.

Diseases of Field Crops Diagnosis and Management, 2-Volume Set Volume 1: Cereals, Small Millets, and Fiber Crops Volume 2: Pulses, Oil Seeds, Narcotics, and Sugar Crops

Diseases of Field Crops Diagnosis and Management, 2-Volume Set Volume 1: Cereals, Small Millets, and Fiber Crops Volume 2: Pulses, Oil Seeds, Narcotics, and Sugar Crops

Author: J. N. Srivastava Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2020

This new 2-volume set, Diseases of Field Crops: Diagnosis and Management, helps to fill the need for research on plant diseases, their effects, how they spread, and effective management measures to mitigate their harmful effects. The volumes in this set showcase recent advances in molecular plant pathology and discuss appropriate diagnostic techniques for identification of causal agents and diseases, providing the information necessary to establish management strategies. The chapters in these two volumes include detailed description of symptoms, causal organisms, disease cycles, epidemiology, and management techniques of economically important diseases. The volumes explore existing strategies and offer new methods that can be used in an integrated manner and with a comprehensive approach for the management of major diseases of the field crops. Also taken into consideration is the impact of global climate change on the spread and severity of plant diseases.

Diseases of Field Crops Diagnosis and Management Volume 2: Pulses, Oil Seeds, Narcotics, and Sugar Crops

Diseases of Field Crops Diagnosis and Management Volume 2: Pulses, Oil Seeds, Narcotics, and Sugar Crops

Author: J. N. Srivastava Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2020

This new 2-volume set, Diseases of Field Crops: Diagnosis and Management, helps to fill the need for research on plant diseases, their effects, how they spread, and effective management measures to mitigate their harmful effects. The volumes in this set showcase recent advances in molecular plant pathology and discuss appropriate diagnostic techniques for identification of causal agents and diseases, providing the information necessary to establish management strategies. The chapters in these two volumes include detailed description of symptoms, causal organisms, disease cycles, epidemiology, and management techniques of economically important diseases. The volumes explore existing strategies and offer new methods that can be used in an integrated manner and with a comprehensive approach for the management of major diseases of the field crops. Also taken into consideration is the impact of global climate change on the spread and severity of plant diseases.

Plant Diseases Of Viral, Viroid, Mycoplasma And Uncertain Etiology

Plant Diseases Of Viral, Viroid, Mycoplasma And Uncertain Etiology

Author: Karl Maramorosch Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2020

The adverse impact of plant diseases is felt around the world. In this book, the contributors analyze the nature and origins of pathogens that affect some economically important food and fiber crops.