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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!

Agricultural Policy and Global Food Markets

Agricultural Policy and Global Food Markets

This advanced level textbook offers students an engaging platform to understand the economic impact of agricultural policies on global food markets. Rather than focus on specific policies in separate chapters, it is organized by the most pressing and emerging issues facing global food markets and uses these issues to motivate an analysis of how policies are used to influence prices, production, consumption, and trade of food products. The book provides a more stimulating, relevant and modern approach for today's students interested in food policy and food markets from an international perspective and allows readers to conceptualize more generic agricultural policies with analysis that can then be used to study a wide range of issues and problems around the world. Thus topics such as obesity, food waste, biofuels and climate change are the focal point of chapters, rather than policies themselves. The emphasis is on the economic analysis of policies addressing each of the major issues and their impacts on producers, consumers and taxpayers, but little background in economics is assumed. Up to date methodologies are used with empirical examples, some of which are elaborated further on a Companion Website.

Dwarf Horticultural Plants

Dwarf Horticultural Plants

Author: Vadivel (ICAR Research Complex for Goa, India) Arunachalam Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Dwarf plants are small-scale varieties of regular or full-size plants that may grow to be large. Dwarf and semi-dwarf horticultural plants have unique advantages in production over standard varieties. They are easily harvested, take up less room than full-size plants, reach maturity early, and have high productivity. This book discusses fundamental topics that cover biology, economics, physiology, and social significance of development and employment of dwarf horticultural crops around the world. It presents topics that apply to specific fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamental crops, and plantation crops.

Systems Analysis of Livestock Production

Systems Analysis of Livestock Production

Author: Wolfgang (University of Missouri, Division of Animal Sciences, Columbia, USA) Pittroff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Written by a globally-recognized authority, Systems Analysis of Livestock Production provides a comprehensive methodological overview of systems analysis (modelling/simulation/quantitative analysis) of livestock systems. It places the method of systems analysis into the epistemological context of livestock science. The book develops a rationale and a descriptive formalism for the use of systems analysis as a necessary element of livestock science. It provides the only methodological approach capable of considering, understanding and predicting the effects of genotype - environment interactions on the ecological and economic outcomes of livestock production.

Farm Animals in Britain, 1850-2001

Farm Animals in Britain, 1850-2001

Author: Karen (Leeds Trinity University, UK) Sayer Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Focusing on the origins and development of the conceptualisation of the biological animal body as a 'technological' resource, or indeed problem, within modern British agriculture, this book addresses the changing understanding, among agriculturalists and the public, of 'nature' in farming.

Agricultural Policy and Global Food Markets

Agricultural Policy and Global Food Markets

This advanced level textbook offers students an engaging platform to understand the economic impact of agricultural policies on global food markets. Rather than focus on specific policies in separate chapters, it is organized by the most pressing and emerging issues facing global food markets and uses these issues to motivate an analysis of how policies are used to influence prices, production, consumption, and trade of food products. The book provides a more stimulating, relevant and modern approach for today's students interested in food policy and food markets from an international perspective and allows readers to conceptualize more generic agricultural policies with analysis that can then be used to study a wide range of issues and problems around the world. Thus topics such as obesity, food waste, biofuels and climate change are the focal point of chapters, rather than policies themselves. The emphasis is on the economic analysis of policies addressing each of the major issues and their impacts on producers, consumers and taxpayers, but little background in economics is assumed. Up to date methodologies are used with empirical examples, some of which are elaborated further on a Companion Website.

Postharvest Chilling Injury of Fresh Produce

Postharvest Chilling Injury of Fresh Produce

Most tropical and subtropical fruits, as well as some temperate crops, are sensitive to chilling injuries. These crops are injured after a period of exposure to chilling temperatures below 10 to 15 DegreesC but above their freezing points. In the last decade progress has been made in understanding the biochemistry, physiology, and molecular basis of CI. This book will provide the detailed information on postharvest chilling injury such as symptoms, variation, causes, influencing factors, physiology, biochemistry and molecular basis. It also offers management practices through physical, chemical, hormonal, and other treatments.

Radioisotopes in Weed Research

Radioisotopes in Weed Research

Author: Kassio Ferreira Mendes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/12/2020

Herbicides are of great importance in weed management and are one of the most widely used pesticide groups for weed control across the globe. Concerns around the residual effects of these intensively used chemicals are equally widespread. Offering a new direction for research that focuses on herbicide behavior and its impacts on the environment, this book covers the use of radioisotopes in weed research and the detoxification of herbicides. Applying technological advances in radiation detection to weed research, Radioisotopes in Weed Research explains how isotopic techniques can be used to identify degradation products and trace the fate of herbicides applied to crop plants. This book provides essential information on the historical use and recent advances of radioisotopes in weed research. It demonstrates the potential these methods offer the field of weed science in gaining a better understanding of the behavior of herbicides in plants and soil and working to ensure the continuous, effective and safe use of herbicides, minimizing harmful impacts on ecosystems. Features: Explains the radiometric method with studies of radiolabelled herbicides and includes case studies as examples. Describes radiometric methods to study the behaviour of herbicides in soil from transport and transformation to retention. Elucidates the absorption, translocation and metabolism studies of herbicides in plants. Written by a team of leading scientists, this book is written for professors, researchers, extensionists, graduate and undergraduate students, rural producers and other professionals involved in weed science.

Sensor-Based Quality Assessment Systems for Fruits and Vegetables

Sensor-Based Quality Assessment Systems for Fruits and Vegetables

Author: Bambang Kuswandi Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/12/2020

Sensor-Based Quality Assessment Systems for Fruits and Vegetables provides an abundance of valuable information on different sensing techniques for fruits and vegetables. It covers emerging technologies, such as NMR, MRI, wireless sensor networks (WSN), and radio-frequency identification (RFID) and their potential for industrial applications. Currently, a number of new sensor technologies based on electromagnetic properties have emerged, and great progress has also been made on other existing sensor technologies. These include X-ray, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) or magnetic resonant imaging (MRI), fluorescence, and other related developments, such as electrical impedance and permittivity (mainly microwave), thermal sensing, and selective gas/volatile sensing. These developments have opened new areas of research as well as new applications for sensing quality of fruits and vegetables.

Landscape Ecology in Agroecosystems Management

Landscape Ecology in Agroecosystems Management

Author: Lech Ryszkowski Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/12/2020

Successful management of agricultural landscapes depends on the recognition of the relationships between the processes and the structures that maintain the system. The rapidly growing science of Landscape Ecology quantifies the ways these ecosystems interact and establishes a link between the activities in one region and repercussions in another. Although science continuously yields new environmentally friendly agricultural technology, the sustainable development of a system will ultimately depend on a farmer's ability to understand and utilize these advances. The results presented in this book highlight the options for controlling threats and present guidelines for the implementation of environmentally friendly landscape management. Written by eminent scientists in landscape ecology research, Landscape Ecology in Agroecosystems Management provides a systematic evaluation of the basic ecological functions of the agricultural landscape. It presents a new approach to managing heat balance parameters and evaluates the effectiveness of models for assessing land use changes in rural areas. It also discusses the methods of evaluating matter cycling in agricultural landscapes with emphasis on the process leading to the diffuse pollution problems in ground and surface waters. It reports studies that show how semi-natural habitats maintained in the agricultural landscape constitute important refuge for many plants and animals and thereby enhances biological diversity in farmlands. Finally, it provides guidelines for management of agricultural landscapes for sustainable development of the countryside. The integration of agriculture and the natural ecosystem in the landscape has recently become a hot topic. The review of the achievements in landscape ecology presented in this book clearly demonstrates that landscape ecology is just passing through the threshold between the recognition of various basic processes to being able to manage these processes to achieve

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: 18/12/2020

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.

Farmers' Cooperatives and Sustainable Food Systems in Europe

Farmers' Cooperatives and Sustainable Food Systems in Europe

Author: Raquel (University of Dundee, UK) Ajates Gonzalez Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/12/2020

Farmers' cooperatives are very prevalent in the European Union, where they account for approximately half of agricultural trade and thus are key to articulating rural realities and in shaping the sustainability credentials of European food and farming. This book analyses to what extent farmers' cooperatives are working to benefit their members, are showing concern for their communities and are promoting cooperative economies. It offers a multilevel set of theoretical, disciplinary, methodological, empirical and social perspectives, using the UK and Spain as contrasting examples, and analyses whether agricultural cooperatives contribute to achieving sustainable food systems. The book presents empirical data from diverse and rich case studies, from large, international cooperatives, to small, multi-stakeholder initiatives. This provides an alternative viewpoint to that of economics, which tends to dominate the study of agricultural cooperatives. The author presents a new theoretical framework that provides a novel lens to study farmers' cooperatives as organisations deeply embedded in power dynamics of the food system and agricultural policy that shape and constraint their potential to adopt cooperative and sustainable practices. The book is a major addition to the study of agricultural cooperatives and their impact in the development of fairer and more sustainable food systems and it is one of the first detailed accounts of multi-stakeholder food and farming cooperatives in Europe. It is a valuable resource for all scholars working on cooperatives, as well as for students studying agricultural and food policy, environmental justice and rural sociology.

Urban Agroecology

Urban Agroecology

Today, 20 percent of the global food supply relies on urban agriculture: social-ecological systems shaped by both human and non-human interactions. This book shows how urban agroecologists measure flora and fauna that underpin the ecological dynamics of these systems, and how people manage and benefit from these systems. It explains how the sociopolitical landscape in which these systems are embedded can in turn shape the social, ecological, political, and economic dynamics within them. Synthesizing interdisciplinary approaches in urban agroecology in the natural and social sciences, the book explores methodologies and new directions in research that can be adopted by scholars and practitioners alike. With contributions from researchers utilizing both social and natural science approaches, Urban Agroecology describes the current social-environmental understandings of the science, the movement and the practices in urban agroecology. By investigating the role of agroecology in cities, the book calls for the creation of spaces for food to be sustainably grown in urban spaces: an Urban Agriculture (UA) movement. Essential reading for graduate students, practitioners, policy makers and researchers, this book charts the course for accelerating this movement.