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Sustainable Agriculture
Author : Eric Lichtfouse,Mireille Navarrete,Philippe Debaeke,Souchere Véronique,Caroline Alberola
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date : 2009-11-11
ISBN 10 : 9789048126668
Pages : 919 pages

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
Author : N.A
Publisher : N.A
Release Date : 1999
ISBN 10 :
Pages : 329 pages

Sustainable Agriculture
Author : N.A
Publisher : Northern Book Centre
Release Date : 2005
ISBN 10 : 9788172111847
Pages : 326 pages

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 Temperate Zones
Author : Charles A. Francis,Cornelia Butler Flora,Larry D. King
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release Date : 1990-04-16
ISBN 10 : 9780471622277
Pages : 512 pages

This timely work reviews the best current thinking on practicing sustainable agriculture, with contributions from agricultural, biological, environmental and social scientists. The emphasis is on temperate zones, with many of the contributions addressing U.S. agriculture. However, the principles explored here have application in any climatic or geographical region. The book discusses stewardship, biodiversity, reliance on mixed food systems and other approaches, always with a view toward reducing environmental degradation, maintaining economic viability and stabilizing rural communities.

Allelopathy in Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry
Author : Ren Sen Zeng,Azim U. Mallik,Shiming Luo
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date : 2008-04-03
ISBN 10 : 9780387773377
Pages : 412 pages

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 in Print
Author : Barry Leonard
Publisher : DIANE Publishing
Release Date : 1997-06
ISBN 10 : 9780788174957
Pages : 126 pages

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.

Sustainable Agriculture Systems
Author : J. L. Hatfield,Douglas L. Karlen
Publisher : CRC Press
Release Date : 1993-11-23
ISBN 10 : 9781566700498
Pages : 336 pages

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.

Biotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture
Author : Kim Guenther
Publisher : DIANE Publishing
Release Date : 1994-12
ISBN 10 : 9780788114441
Pages : 32 pages

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
Author : Michael Wilson,B. Maliszewska-Kordybach
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date : 2000-06-30
ISBN 10 : 9780792363774
Pages : 375 pages

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.

Potential Microorganisms For Sustainable Agriculture: A Techno-Commercial Perspective
Author : D. K. Maheshwari
Publisher : I. K. International Pvt Ltd
Release Date : 2008-01-01
ISBN 10 : 8190746200
Pages : 498 pages

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
Author : Irene Guijt
Publisher : IIED
Release Date : 1998
ISBN 10 : 9781904035824
Pages : 112 pages

Sustainable Agriculture in California
Author : David Chaney
Publisher : UCANR Publications
Release Date : 1991-05-01
ISBN 10 : 9781879906020
Pages : 256 pages

Educational and Training Opportunities in Sustainable Agriculture
Author : Jane Potter Gates
Publisher : DIANE Publishing
Release Date : 1994-07-01
ISBN 10 : 0788120409
Pages : 39 pages

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
Author : Yi-Ping Wang,Min Lin,Zhe-Xian Tian,Claudine Elmerich,William E. Newton
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date : 2006-01-30
ISBN 10 : 1402035705
Pages : 445 pages

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
Author : N. G. Roling,M. A. E. Wagemakers
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release Date : 2000-09-21
ISBN 10 : 9780521794817
Pages : 348 pages

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.

Sustainable Agriculture
Author : United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. Subcommittee on Agricultural Research and General Legislation
Publisher : N.A
Release Date : 1993
ISBN 10 :
Pages : 183 pages

Sustainable Agriculture In sub-Saharan Africa: A Critical Look Into The Constraints And Prospects
Author : N.A
Publisher : IITA
Release Date :
ISBN 10 : 9781313226
Pages : 329 pages

Biotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture 2006 and Beyond
Author : Zhihong Xu,Jiayang Li,Yongbiao Xue,Weicai Yang
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date : 2007-12-16
ISBN 10 : 140206635X
Pages : 498 pages

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.

Mycorrhizae: Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry
Author : Zaki Anwar Siddiqui,Mohammad Sayeed Akhtar,Kazuyoshi Futai
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date : 2008-07-27
ISBN 10 : 1402087705
Pages : 362 pages

Mycorrhizal fungi are microbial engines which improve plant vigor and soil quality. They play a crucial role in plant nutrient uptake, water relations, ecosystem establishment, plant diversity, and the productivity of plants. Scientific research involves multidisciplinary approaches to understand the adaptation of mycorrhizae to the rhizosphere, mechanism of root colonization, effect on plant physiology and growth, biofertilization, plant resistance and biocontrol of plant pathogens. This book discusses and goes into detail on a number of topics: the molecular basis of nutrient exchange between arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi and host plants; the role of AM fungi in disease protection, alleviation of soil stresses and increasing grain production; interactions of AM fungi and beneficial saprophytic mycoflora in terms of plant growth promotion; the role of AM fungi in the restoration of native ecosystems; indirect contributions of AM fungi and soil aggregation to plant growth and mycorrhizosphere effect of multitrophic interaction; the mechanisms by which mycorrhizas change a disturbed ecosystem into productive land; the importance of reinstallation of mycorrhizal systems in the rhizosphere is emphasized and their impact on landscape regeneration, and in bioremediation of contaminated soils; Ectomycorrhizae (ECM) and their importance in forest ecosystems and associations of ECM in tropical rain forests function to maintain tropical monodominance; in vitro mycorrhization of micro-propagated plants, and visualizing and quantifying endorhizal fungi; the use of mycorrhizae, mainly AM and ECM, for sustainable agriculture and forestry.

Sustainable Agriculture
Author : Christine Jakobsson
Publisher : Baltic University Press
Release Date : 2014-11-25
ISBN 10 : 9186189107
Pages : 505 pages