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Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Agriculture
  • Author : Eric Lichtfouse,Mireille Navarrete,Philippe Debaeke,Souchere Véronique,Caroline Alberola
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2009-11-11
  • Total pages :919
  • ISBN : 9048126665
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Summary : Sustainability rests on the principle that we must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Starving people in poor nations, obesity in rich nations, increasing food prices, on-going climate changes, increasing fuel and transportation costs, flaws of the global market, worldwide pesticide pollution, pest adaptation and resistance, loss of soil fertility and organic carbon, soil erosion, decreasing biodiversity, desertification, and so on. Despite unprecedented advances in sciences allowing to visit planets and disclose subatomic particles, serious terrestrial issues about food show clearly that conventional agriculture is not suited any longer to feed humans and to preserve ecosystems. Sustainable agriculture is an alternative for solving fundamental and applied issues related to food production in an ecological way. While conventional agriculture is driven almost solely by productivity and profit, sustainable agriculture integrates biological, chemical, physical, ecological, economic and social sciences in a comprehensive way to develop new farming practices that are safe and do not degrade our environment. In that respect, sustainable agriculture is not a classical and narrow science. Instead of solving problems using the classical painkiller approach that treats only negative impacts, sustainable agriculture treats problem sources. As most actual society issues are now intertwined, global, and fast-developing, sustainable agriculture will bring solutions to build a safer world. This book gathers review articles that analyze current agricultural issues and knowledge, then propose alternative solutions. It will therefore help all scientists, decision-makers, professors, farmers and politicians who wish to build a safe agriculture, energy and food system for future generations.

Educational and Training Opportunities in Sustainable Agriculture

Educational and Training Opportunities in Sustainable Agriculture
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1999
  • Total pages :229
  • ISBN : UVA:X005048417
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Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Agriculture
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2005
  • Total pages :326
  • ISBN : 8172111843
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Summary : This book covers some of the crucial issues of sustainability in agriculture, which are presented in five sections viz., Concepts and Status, Sustainable Technologies in Crop Production & Management, Sustainability of Crops in Agro-ecosystems, Agro-forestry, and Spatial Informatics in Sustainable Agriculture. The sub-themes covered in the papers are: land use planning, sustainable livelihood, shifting cultivation, wetlands, weed management, technologies in crop production, traditional knowledge and management of agriculture, sustainability of crops in different agro-ecosystems, methods and policies, digital opportunities; use of remote sensing and GIS in agro-ecological zoning and agricultural resources information technology. The Contributions by scientists, planners, technocrats, researchers and practitioners, address both the conceptual and policy related issues with important empirical research findings.

Sustainable Agriculture in the American Midwest

Sustainable Agriculture in the American Midwest
  • Author : Gregory McIsaac,William R. Edwards
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1994
  • Total pages :291
  • ISBN : 0252021002
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Summary : This timely collection provides a general overview and detailed discussion of social and technical issues related to moving toward a culture and practice of sustainable agriculture in the American Midwest. It develops the concept that because agriculture does not exist in isolation, sustainability must be understood within the context of the many dynamic natural and social systems characteristic of a particular region - from climate to culture. Scholars from diverse disciplines - ecology, geography, economics, agricultural engineering, anthropology, entomology, climatology - provide the historical and contemporary context for this vital discussion.

Allelopathy in Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry

Allelopathy in Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry
  • Author : Ren Sen Zeng,Azim U. Mallik,Shiming Luo
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2008-04-03
  • Total pages :412
  • ISBN : 0387773371
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Summary : This is the first comprehensive and up-to-date reference on the science, mechanism, methodology, and application of allelopathy. The objective of this practical reference is to report on the latest advances by inviting leading scientists to contribute in specific fields. The volume is organized under three major subsections: History of allelopathy, Allelochemicals, allelopathic mechanisms, and bioassays, and Application of allelopathy in agriculture and forestry.

Sustainable Agriculture Systems

Sustainable Agriculture Systems
  • Author : J. L. Hatfield,Douglas L. Karlen
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1993-11-23
  • Total pages :336
  • ISBN : 1566700493
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Summary : Sustainable agriculture embodies many concepts in its attempt to integrate all the aspects of farming systems into a holistic system. This book explores the processes that occur within the components of a sustainable system and shows where we can build upon our existing knowledge to develop the concepts of sustainable agriculture into the new conventional agriculture. Well-known researchers examine a variety of aspects, including production goals, environmental considerations, and economics, to build a knowledge base that allows readers to see where changes in agriculture must be made and how challenges can be met. They compare existing systems against definitions of sustainability and pinpoint those areas where improvements can be made in current systems to further the concepts of sustainability.

Sustainable Agriculture in Print Current Books, Special Reference Briefs Series, SB 96-04, July 1996

Sustainable Agriculture in Print Current Books, Special Reference Briefs Series, SB 96-04, July 1996
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1996
  • Total pages :229
  • ISBN : MINN:31951D014008095
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Sustainable Agriculture in Print

Sustainable Agriculture in Print
  • Author : Barry Leonard
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1997-06
  • Total pages :126
  • ISBN : 0788174959
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Summary : An annotated bibliography of current books on sustainable and alternative agriculture. Entries include title, author, editor, publisher, and annotation. Indexed by author and editor. Includes update of current books for 1998.

Biotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture

Biotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture
  • Author : Kim Guenther
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1994-12
  • Total pages :32
  • ISBN : 0788114441
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Summary : Provides an introduction to the literature & debate surrounding the use of biotechnology in sustainable farming systems. Includes 127 citations plus author & subject indexes.

Soil Quality, Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Security in Central and Eastern Europe

Soil Quality, Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Security in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Author : Michael Wilson,B. Maliszewska-Kordybach
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2000-06-30
  • Total pages :375
  • ISBN : 0792363779
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Summary : Agriculture is a crucial component of the economies of many of the countries in transition from a centrally-planned to a market economy and the sector is by no means immune to the environmental and socioeconomic problems confronting the countries as a whole. The concept of sustainable development provides a convenient framework for the formulation of government environmental policy for such countries, especially those of them that aspire to join the EU and would thus be expected to meet EU environmental standards. For agriculture, this inevitably involves appropriate strategies for balancing crop and animal production while protecting the quality of the national soil and water resources. There is thus an urgent need to compile, exchange and evaluate current information on the quality of soils in these countries, and to assess the potential impact of new management practices on the soil and on the wider environment.

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Agriculture
  • Author : John Mason
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2003
  • Total pages :205
  • ISBN : 0643068767
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Summary : Annotation. The technological revolution in farming practices has allowed us to clear and cultivate more land, grow plants and animals faster, and kill a greater variety of pests and diseases than ever before. Unfortunately, these efficiencies are proving to be unsustainable in the long term and have created problems such as soil structural decline, erosion, salinity, soil acidification, loss of fertility, nutrient loading of waterways, dams and a build up of chemical residues. This book is about foreseeing and understanding such problems and addressing them before it is too late. John Mason examines all these problems and explains the concepts and long-term benefits of sustainable farming systems such as permaculture, biodynamics, organic farming, agroforestry, conservation tillage, and integrated hydroculture. Sustainable Agriculture 2nd Edition also looks at important issues such as monoculture versus polyculture, the use of hybrids, selection criteria for plants and stock, integrated pest management and preparing a farm for droughts and floods. Other areas examined include diversifying into farm tourism and value adding before selling produce. Features * Explains the different sustainable farming systems * Covers how to manage change to implement sustainable farming * Provides strategies from a cross-section of countries * Explores new areas such as farm tourism and value adding * Investigates weed control without chemicals.

Potential Microorganisms For Sustainable Agriculture: A Techno-Commercial Perspective

Potential Microorganisms For Sustainable Agriculture: A Techno-Commercial Perspective
  • Author : D. K. Maheshwari
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2008-01-01
  • Total pages :498
  • ISBN : 9788190746205
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Summary : The number of potential microbes exploited commercially is scanty irrespective of their high number present in the diverse habitats. In recent years, they have shown successfulness in multifarious areas such as production of industrially viable products, organic chemicals, pharmaceuticals, recovery of metals, improvement and maintenance of environmental quality, and insect and pest control. The Twenty-three articles included here fall under three broad categories, namely, agricultural microbiology, industrial microbiology and bioremediation. The psychrophiles hold many biological secrets such as biochemical limits to macromolecular stability and the blueprints for constructing the stable macromolecules. Lactic acid bacteria are known for their role in the preparation of fermented dairy products. Potential strains for production of lactic acid with emphasis on its fermentation, economics and systematics have been dealt with in greater detail. Biotechnological applications of pectinases in general and alkaline pectinases in particular play an important role in industry. Production, characteristics and applications of microbial alkaline pectinolytic enzymes have been elaborated. Production of ergot alkaloids thrives a novel knowledge. Now-a-days, semi-synthetic ergot alkaloids are widely used as a potential therapeutic agent. Microbial production of glucans, functional organization and their industrial significance have been systematically reviewed. Bioactive exopolysaccharides from mushrooms have gained importance in recent years. Production and characterization of exopolysaccharides and conversion of unsaturated fatty acids into value-added hydroxyl fatty acids by using microorganisms are used in a wide range of industrial products. Enhancing the microbial production of 1,3-propanidial and its application highlights the commercial exploitation of potential microorganisms. Aldehyde and organic acid production by using oxydases and their derivatives advantageous role in industry. Some chapters are devoted to the potential entomopathogenic fungi for management of insect pests, biotechnological applications of fusaria, microbial metabolite-mediated biocontrol of soil-borne plant pathogens, bioremediation of heavy metals, organochlorine and organophosphate pesticides. Bioinoculants apart from being eco-friendly are being used, but reviewers have emphasized the constraints in commercial bioinoculant production and their quality assurance. All the articles of this volume depict the role of microorganisms in agricultural industries. The exploitation of such beneficial microorganisms may improve agricultural systems with economically sound production of human food and animal feed. This volume will certainly help the PG and research students of agricultural microbiology and biotechnology.

Participatory Monitoring and Impact Assessment of Sustainable Agriculture Initiatives

Participatory Monitoring and Impact Assessment of Sustainable Agriculture Initiatives
  • Author : Irene Guijt
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1998
  • Total pages :112
  • ISBN : 1904035825
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Biocontrol Potential and its Exploitation in Sustainable Agriculture

Biocontrol Potential and its Exploitation in Sustainable Agriculture
  • Author : Rajeev K. Upadhyay,K.G. Mukerji,B. P. Chamola
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2000
  • Total pages :421
  • ISBN : 0306465876
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Summary : Plant based Biotechnology has come to represent a means of mitigating the problems of global food security in the twenty first century. Products and processes in agriculture are increasingly becoming linked to science and cutting edge technology, to enable the engineering of what are in effect, designer plants. One of the most successful, non chemical approaches to pest management and disease control, which seeks a solution in terms of using living organisms to regulate the incidence of pests and and pathogens, providing a `natural control' while still maintaining the biological balance with the ecosystem. This volume, describes the various biological agents used to control insect pests of a variety of crops. Readers may also be interested in Volume 1: Crop diseases, Weeds and Nematodes, published in December 2000, ISBN 0-306-46460-8.

Sustainable Agriculture in California

Sustainable Agriculture in California
  • Author : David Chaney
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1991-05-01
  • Total pages :256
  • ISBN : 1879906023
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Educational and Training Opportunities in Sustainable Agriculture

Educational and Training Opportunities in Sustainable Agriculture
  • Author : Jane Potter Gates
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1994-07-01
  • Total pages :39
  • ISBN : 9780788120404
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Summary : Provides information about institutions and organizations compiled from a number of sources. Criteria for selection were an institution's involvement in organic, alternative, or sustainable agriculture, and its focus on education, training, or provision of information. Scope of coverage is limited to the United States and Canada.

Biological Nitrogen Fixation, Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment

Biological Nitrogen Fixation, Sustainable Agriculture and the Environment
  • Author : Yi-Ping Wang,Min Lin,Zhe-Xian Tian,Claudine Elmerich,William E. Newton
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2006-01-30
  • Total pages :445
  • ISBN : 9781402035708
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Summary : The 14th International Nitrogen Fixation Congress was held in Beijing, China from October 27th through November 1st, 2004. This volume constitutes the proceedings of the Congress and represents a compilation of the presentations by scientists from more than 30 countries around the World who came to Beijing to discuss the progress made since the last Congress and to exchange ideas and information. This year marked the 30th anniversary of the first Congress held in Pullman, Washington, USA, in 1974. Since then, this series of Congresses has met five times in North America (three in the United States and once each in Canada and Mexico), once in South America (Brazil), four times in Western Europe (once each in Spain, The Netherlands, Germany and France), once in Eastern Europe (Russia), and once in Australia; and now for the first time in Asia. China was a most appropriate choice because China is a big country with the largest population in the World, about 1. 3 billion people, which is about 22% of the World’s population. It is traditionally an agricultural country, even though China has only 7% of the available farming land. This situation explains why agriculture and its productivity are major issues for the Chinese people, its government and the scientists in the field.

Facilitating Sustainable Agriculture

Facilitating Sustainable Agriculture
  • Author : N. G. Roling,M. A. E. Wagemakers
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2000-09-21
  • Total pages :348
  • ISBN : 0521794811
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Summary : A move towards more flexible, sustainable agricultural practices is increasingly being seen as the way to address or avoid environmental and economic problems associated with existing, predominantly intensive, farming systems. Through case studies taken from around the world, this book examines the implications of adopting more ecologically sound agricultural practices, both at the level of individual farmers and at the level of larger-scale agro-ecosystems such as water catchments. The emphasis of the book is on human and social aspects, rather than on agronomic or economic considerations, focusing on the learning processes necessary for change to be implemented and, in turn, on the facilitation of that learning through participatory approaches and appropriate institutional support and policy structure.

Microbes For Sustainable Agriculture

Microbes For Sustainable Agriculture
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2021
  • Total pages :229
  • ISBN : 1230987654XX
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Sustainable Agriculture In sub-Saharan Africa: A Critical Look Into The Constraints And Prospects

Sustainable Agriculture In sub-Saharan Africa: A Critical Look Into The Constraints And Prospects
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2021
  • Total pages :229
  • ISBN : 9789781313226
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Biotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture 2006 and Beyond

Biotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture 2006 and Beyond
  • Author : Zhihong Xu,Jiayang Li,Yongbiao Xue,Weicai Yang
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2007-12-16
  • Total pages :498
  • ISBN : 9781402066351
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Summary : This timely work is a collection of papers presented at the XIth international congress of the International Association of Plant Tissue Culture & Biotechnology. It continues the tradition of the IAPTC&B in publishing the proceedings of its congresses. The work is an up-to-date report on the most significant advances in plant tissue culture and biotechnology as presented by leading international scientists. It will be crucial reading for agricultural scientists, among others.