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Spatial Econometric Methods in Agricultural Economics Using R

Spatial Econometric Methods in Agricultural Economics Using R

The methods and techniques presented in this book are focused on spatial data and its use in monitoring agricultural resources, farm management, and regional markets. Spatial econometrics models are introduced for different data types relevant to the statistical units adopted in agricultural economics analyses. The theory and procedures of each model are described in a simple, intuitive way and complemented by examples of real data developed using R software. The combined use of statistical methods, new technologies, and economic theory is treated with particular reference to the peculiarities of spatial data for a proper and efficient analysis of agricultural data sets.

Contaminants and Clean Technologies

Contaminants and Clean Technologies

Author: Pankaj Chowdhary Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/03/2020

Contaminants and Clean Technologies provides valuable information on environmental contaminants like industrial pollutants, micropollutants, pesticides, endocrine disruptors, pharmaceuticals, toxins, hormones, etc. It focuses on the various types of environmental contaminants discharged from various sources, their toxicological effects in environments, humans, animals, and plants as well as their removal methods. It also covers comprehensively information on the contaminants released by various industries and agricultural practices, which cause severe threats to the environment. Features of the book: Elucidates systematic information on various types of environmental contaminants, its fate and consequences Discusses contaminants like endocrine disruptors, pharmaceuticals waste, personal care products Provides an overview of physico-chemical and biological treatment technologies for sustainable development Details recent research finding in the area of environmental contaminants and their future challenges

Sustainable Bioresource Management Climate Change Mitigation and Natural Resource Conservation

Sustainable Bioresource Management Climate Change Mitigation and Natural Resource Conservation

Author: Ratikanta Maiti Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/03/2020

This new volume emphasizes the drastic quantitative and qualitative transformation of our surrounding environment. It looks at bioresource management and the tools needed to manage environmental stresses. This unique compilation and interpretation of concrete scientific ventures undertaken by environmental specialists at the global level explores research dedicated to the management of natural resources by controlling biotic and abiotic factors making the earth vulnerable to these stresses. The book outlines the series of important developments in the recent past on bioresource and stress management. The chapter authors in Sustainable Bioresource Management: Climate Change Mitigation and Natural Resource Conservation look at all types of bioresources on earth and their management at times of stress/crisis, focusing on the need for documentation, validation, and recovery of ethnic indigenous knowledge and practices that could have great impact in stress management. The book looks at topics in nature and changing climate management, adaptation, and mitigation, such as the effects of climate change on agriculture and horticulture, on timber harvesting, and on forest resources.

Microbes and Enzymes in Soil Health and Bioremediation

Microbes and Enzymes in Soil Health and Bioremediation

Author: Ashok Kumar Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/03/2020

Microbial enzymes play a vital role in maintaining soil health and removing pollutants from contaminated land. Soil microflora is closely associated with maintaining soil fertility, and the use of chemical pesticides, fertilizers and other volatile sprays in agriculture threatens the health ofthe microbial population in the soil. Every single particle of healthy soil contains millions of bacteria, which interact with the nutrients available, sustaining the nutrient cycle and making this microflora an essential component of life on earth. How do microbes help in the nutrient cycle? Either by intracellular digestion of macromolecules and converting these into smaller units in their metabolic pathways, or by secreting enzymes into the extracellular environment to facilitate the conversion of complex macromolecules into micro-molecules that can be easily absorbed by other living species. To meet demands for energy and food for the growing global population, it is important to protect agricultural land from contamination and maintain its productivity. Heavy metal ions from contaminated land canenter crops, fish or aquatic organismsvia contaminated water, and theseare then taken up by the human body, where they can accumulate and alter the normal microflora. The microbiological component of the soil is ahighly complex system and is still not fully understood. How do microbes survive in the changing physicochemical environment of soil?. This book helps readers understand the mechanism, various routes of microbialsoil remediation, the interactionsof different genera, and how microbial enzymes support the sustainable restoration of healthy soil.

Management of Insect Pests in Vegetable Crops Concepts and Approaches

Management of Insect Pests in Vegetable Crops Concepts and Approaches

Author: Ramanuj Vishwakarma Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2020

This new book on the sustainable management of insect pests in important vegetables offers valuable management strategies in detail. It focuses on eco-friendly technology and approaches to mitigating the damage causes by insect pests with special reference to newer insecticides. Chapters in Management of Insect Pests in Vegetable Crops: Concepts and Approaches provide an introduction to vegetable entomology and go on to present a plethora of research on sustainable eco-friendly pest management strategies for root vegetables, spice crops, tuber crops, and more. It looks at the damage done by snails, slugs, phytophaous mites of vegetable crops and presents management strategies. Vegetable crops that are infested by several insect pests right from the nursery to the harvesting stage cause enormous crop losses. Given that it is estimated that up to 40 percent of global crops are lost to agricultural pests each year, new research on effective management strategies is vital.

Hulled Wheat

Hulled Wheat

Author: Nusret Zencirci Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/02/2020

Wheat (Triticum L.) is an annual herbaceous plant in the Poacae (Gramineae) family and settles in the Triticeae (Hordeae) subfamily. It is of great ethnobotanical importance. Other cereal crops such as maize, rice, barley, and millet are also domesticated from this family. Together they constitute the most economically important plant family in modern times, providing food, forage, building materials (bamboo, thatch), and fuel (ethanol) to support a diverse range of human activities. In recent years, however, due to the awareness of gluten in wheat-based diet, there has been a rise in interest in its wild relatives and landraces as new resources for consumption. Accordingly, crop scientists have also begun to reexamine the origin, evolution, and unique characteristics of cultured and non-cultured hulled wheats. Although hulled wheats, which include einkorn, emmer, wild emmer, spelta, macha, and vavilovii, are still grown in limited quantities on the higher areas of Turkey, Italy, Germany, Morocco, Israel, and Balkan countries, they have been sought after for their health promoting effects. However, despite the newfound popularity of hulled wheats in the lay communities, there lacks a critically reviewed resource for the researchers and professionals who wish to further develop these crop species. In this book, we provide an overview of hulled wheats with special attention to genetic diversities, conservation, and applications.

A Guide to Field Philosophy Case Studies and Practical Strategies

A Guide to Field Philosophy Case Studies and Practical Strategies

Author: Evelyn Brister Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/02/2020

Philosophers increasingly engage in practical work with other disciplines and the world at large. This volume draws together the lessons learned from this work--including philosophers' contributions to scientific research projects, consultations on matters of policy, and expertise provided to government agencies and non-profits-as a new volume on how to effectively practice philosophy. Its 22 case studies are organized into five sections: I. Collaboration and Communication II. Policymaking and the Public Sphere III. Fieldwork in the Academy IV. Fieldwork in the Professions V. Changing Philosophical Practice Together, they provide a practical, how-to guide for doing philosophy in the field - how to find problems that can benefit from philosophical contributions, effectively collaborate with other professionals and community members, make fieldwork a positive part of a philosophical career, and anticipate and negotiate the sorts of unanticipated problems that crop up in direct public engagement. Key Features: Uniquely, gives specific advice on how to integrate philosophy with outside groups Offers examples from working with the public and private sectors, community organizations, and academic groups Provides lessons learned, often summarized at the end of chapters for how to practice philosophy in the field

A Guide to Field Philosophy Case Studies and Practical Strategies

A Guide to Field Philosophy Case Studies and Practical Strategies

Author: Evelyn Brister Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/02/2020

Philosophers increasingly engage in practical work with other disciplines and the world at large. This volume draws together the lessons learned from this work--including philosophers' contributions to scientific research projects, consultations on matters of policy, and expertise provided to government agencies and non-profits-as a new volume on how to effectively practice philosophy. Its 22 case studies are organized into five sections: I. Collaboration and Communication II. Policymaking and the Public Sphere III. Fieldwork in the Academy IV. Fieldwork in the Professions V. Changing Philosophical Practice Together, they provide a practical, how-to guide for doing philosophy in the field - how to find problems that can benefit from philosophical contributions, effectively collaborate with other professionals and community members, make fieldwork a positive part of a philosophical career, and anticipate and negotiate the sorts of unanticipated problems that crop up in direct public engagement. Key Features: Uniquely, gives specific advice on how to integrate philosophy with outside groups Offers examples from working with the public and private sectors, community organizations, and academic groups Provides lessons learned, often summarized at the end of chapters for how to practice philosophy in the field

Environmental Plant Physiology Botanical Strategies for a Climate Smart Planet

Environmental Plant Physiology Botanical Strategies for a Climate Smart Planet

Author: Vir Singh Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/02/2020

Magnitude and quality of life as well as sustainable human progress inescapably depend on the state of our environment. The environment, in essence, is a common resource of all the living organisms in the biosphere as well as a vivacious basis of the evolution of life on Earth. A sustainable future broods over a sustainable environment-an environment encompassing life-originating, life-supporting, and life-sustaining uniqueness. A deteriorating environment haplessly sets in appalling conditions leading to shrinkage of life and a halt in human progress. The current global environment scenario is extremely dismal. Environmental disruptions, largely owing to anthropogenic activities, are steadily leading to awful climate change. Horribly advancing toward mass extinction in the near or distant future and posing a threat to our Living Planet, the unabatedly ongoing climate change, in fact, is an unprecedented issue of human concern about life in the recorded human history. How to get rid of the environmental mess and resolve environmental issues leading to climate change mitigation is the foremost challenge facing humanity in our times. There are several measures the whole world is resorting to. They are primarily focused on cutting down excessive carbon emissions by means of development of technological alternatives, for example, increasing mechanical efficiencies and ever-more dependence on clean-energy sources. These are of great importance, but there is yet a natural phenomenon that has been, and will unceasingly be, pivotal to maintain climate order of the Earth. For it to phenomenally boost, we need to explore deeper aspects of environmental science. It is the environmental plant physiology that links us with deeper roots of life. Environmental Plant Physiology: Botanical Strategies for a Climate-Smart Planet attempts to assimilate a relatively new subject that helps us understand the very phenomenon of life that persists in the planet's environment and depends on, and is influenced by, a specific set of operating environmental factors. It is the subject that helps us understand adaptation mechanisms within a variety of habitats as well as the implications of the alterations of environmental factors on the inhabiting organisms, their populations, and communities. Further, this book can also be of vital importance for policy makers and organizations dealing with climate-related issues and committed to the cause of the earth. This book can be instrumental in formulating strategies that can lead us to a climate-smart planet. Features: * Provides ecological basis of environmental plant physiology * Discusses energy, nutrient, water, temperature, allelochemical, and altitude relations of plants * Reviews stress physiology of plants and plants' adaptations to the changing climate * Examines climate-change effects on plant physiology * Elucidates evolving botanical strategies for a climate-smart planet

Institutions, Policy and Outputs for Acidification The Case of Hungary

Institutions, Policy and Outputs for Acidification The Case of Hungary

Author: Jr, Lawrence J. O'Toole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2020

Published in 1998, this is an analysis of the impact in Hungary of environmental policy following the Convention of Long Range Trans-boundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP) of the Economic Commission of Europe. The book focuses on central research issues but also analyzes environmental institutions and policy in Hungary more generally. It treats related themes such as the emerging role of the new autonomous local governments, the impact of privatization on acidification and environmental issues in Hungary and offers coverage of the influence of NGO's in democratic Hungary.

Greek Agriculture in a Changing International Environment

Greek Agriculture in a Changing International Environment

Author: Dimitris Damianos, Efthalia Dimara, Katharina Hassapoyannes, Dimitris Skuras Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2020

Published in 1998, the aim of this text is to promote awareness of the evolution of Greek agriculture, as well as of the development of national strategies, in conformity with the Common Agricultural Policy provision - which is important for a successful confrontation of modern and prospective international challenges. It offers a case study developing integrated policies for unemployment, for prevention of diversification of rural areas and for provision of solutions to the problem of increasing competition, while enhancing environmental quality and making rational use of productive resources.

Perspectives on the Environment (Volume 2) Interdisciplinary Research Network on Environment and Society

Perspectives on the Environment (Volume 2) Interdisciplinary Research Network on Environment and Society

Author: Sue Elworthy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2020

Published in 1995, the essays in this book are papers presented to the second conference of the Interdisciplinary Research Network on the Environment and Society (IRNES) held in Sheffield in September 1993. It follows Perspectives on the Environment (ed. Holder et al, 1993, Avebury) to continue the dissemination of the work of IRNES members to a wider audience. Part I explores the social dimensions of environmental technology in the form of an examination of the construction of global climate models, a critical analysis of the discourses associated with agricultural biotechnologies and the environmental implications of building technologies. Part II explores national and international politics of the environment in Britain, the Ukraine and Burma, Thailand and Indonesia. Part III deals with planning for sustainability in Japan and Britain. Part IV examines theories of democracy and the state both nationally and in the form of the European Union's principle of subsidiary.