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Agrarian Change and Urbanization in Southern India - City and the Peasant (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019): Seema Purushothaman,... Agrarian Change and Urbanization in Southern India - City and the Peasant (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
Seema Purushothaman, Sheetal Patil
R2,691 R2,413 Discovery Miles 24 130 Save R278 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book takes readers on a journey through the evolution of agricultural communities in southern India, from their historical roots to the recent global neo-liberal era. It offers insights into a unique combination of themes, with a particular focus on agrarian change and urbanisation, specifically in the state of Karnataka where both aspects are significant and co-exist. Based on case studies from Karnataka in South India, the book presents a regional yet integrated multi-disciplinary framework for analysing the persistence, resilience and future of small farmer units. In doing so, it charts possible futures for small farm holdings and identifies means of integrating their progress and sustainability alongside that of the rest of the economy. Further, it provides arguments for the relevance of small holdings in connection with sustainable livelihoods and welfare at the grass roots, while also catering to the welfare needs of society at the macro level. The book makes a valuable contribution to the scholarship of agrarian as well as peri-urban transdisciplinary literature. For agrarian academics, students and the teaching community, the book's broad and topical coverage make it a valuable resource. For development practitioners and for those working on issues related to urbanisation, urban peripheries and the rural-urban interface, this book offers a new perspective that considers the primary sector on par with the secondary and tertiary. It also offers an insightful guide for policymakers and non-government organisations working in this area.

Cultivating Biodiversity - Understanding, Analysing and Using Agricultural Diversity (Paperback): Harold Brookfield Cultivating Biodiversity - Understanding, Analysing and Using Agricultural Diversity (Paperback)
Harold Brookfield
R697 R661 Discovery Miles 6 610 Save R36 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The United Nations University project on People, Land Management and Environmental Change (PLEC) has used the traditional skills of smallholder farmers -- for cultivating their crops, managing the soil, water and vegetation and maintaining their livelihoods in difficult circumstances - to produce this book. Arguably, these farmers have conserved and even created more biological diversity and more economically important species than all protected areas combined.The book draws on the experience of demonstration sites that are the farmers' own enterprises, combining superior production along with enhancement of biological diversity. It is based on work in 12 countries with more than 200 collaborating scientists and about 2500 collaborating farmers, showing how its authors perceive and quantitatively analyze agrodiversity, and how they work together with farmers.This book will be of interest to all concerned with sustainable development, global change issues and participatory approaches to conservation with rural people.Published in collaboration with the United Nations University

Natural Gas (Paperback): Michael J. Bradshaw, Tim Boersma Natural Gas (Paperback)
Michael J. Bradshaw, Tim Boersma
R517 Discovery Miles 5 170 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Is natural gas the 'bridge' to our low-carbon future? In power generation, industrial processes, parts of the transportation sector, and for domestic use, natural gas still has the potential to play a greater role in various energy transition pathways around the world. But such a future is by no means certain. In this book, Michael Bradshaw and Tim Boersma offer a sober and balanced assessment of the place of natural gas in the global energy mix today, and the uncertainties that cloud our understanding of what that role may look like in the future. They argue that natural gas has become prominent in recent decades, spurred by two revolutions: the first has been the rise of unconventional natural gas production, and the second the coming of age of the market for liquefied natural gas (LNG). However, a third revolution is required to secure natural gas' long-term role in various energy transition pathways, as countries are increasingly pushing to address air quality concerns and curtail greenhouse gas emissions. This revolution has to take place as politicians, citizens, investors and shareholders are becoming increasingly vocal about the need to improve the environmental footprint of the fuel, while simultaneously, and perhaps paradoxically, demand for it continues to grow, in a world where geopolitical challenges seem to be mounting.

Sustainability - Fundamentals and Applications (Hardcover): Rao Y Surampalli, Tian C. Zhang, Manish Kumar Goyal, Satinder K.... Sustainability - Fundamentals and Applications (Hardcover)
Rao Y Surampalli, Tian C. Zhang, Manish Kumar Goyal, Satinder K. Brar, R.D. Tyagi
R4,612 Discovery Miles 46 120 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A comprehensive resource to sustainability and its application to the environmental, industrial, agricultural and food security sectors Sustainability fills a gap in the literature in order to provide an important guide to the fundamental knowledge and practical applications of sustainability in a wide variety of areas. The authors - noted experts who represent a number of sustainability fields - bring together in one comprehensive volume the broad range of topics including basic concepts, impact assessment, environmental and the socio-economic aspects of sustainability. In addition, the book covers applications of sustainability in environmental, industrial, agricultural and food security, as well as carbon cycle and infrastructural aspects. Sustainability addresses the challenges the global community is facing due to population growth, depletion of non-renewable resources of energy, environmental degradation, poverty, excessive generation of wastes and more. Throughout the book the authors discuss the economics, ecological, social, technological and systems perspectives of sustainability. This important resource: - Explores the fundamentals as well as the key concepts of sustainability; - Covers basic concepts, impact assessment, environmental and socio-economic aspects, applications of sustainability in environmental, industrial, agricultural and food security, carbon cycle and infrastructural aspects; - Argues the essentiality of sustainability in ensuring the propitious future of earth systems; and - Authored by experts from a range of various fields related to sustainability. Written for researchers and scientists, students and academics, Sustainability: Fundamentals and Applications is a comprehensive book that covers the basic knowledge of the topic combined with practical applications.

Farm Safety Net - Key Components (Paperback): Jodie R. Haggard Farm Safety Net - Key Components (Paperback)
Jodie R. Haggard
R1,788 Discovery Miles 17 880 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The federal crop insurance program is considered by many farmers and policy makers as the centerpiece of the farm safety net. The program makes available subsidised insurance policies for about 130 commodities ranging from apples to wheat. These "multiple peril" policies help producers manage financial risks associated with crop yield or revenue losses. Insurable causes of losses include adverse weather (e.g., drought and flood), insects or disease outbreaks, and failure of irrigation water supply. The enacted 2014 farm bill enhances the federal crop insurance program by expanding its scope, covering a greater share of farm losses, and making a variety of other modifications that broaden policy coverage. This book describes in detail changes made to the program as part of the 2014 farm bill. It also discusses the agricultural disaster assistance.

Miraculous Abundance - One Quarter Acre, Two French Farmers, and Enough Food to Feed the World (Paperback): Perrine... Miraculous Abundance - One Quarter Acre, Two French Farmers, and Enough Food to Feed the World (Paperback)
Perrine Herve-Gruyer, Charles Herve-Gruyer; Foreword by Eliot Coleman 3
R534 R382 Discovery Miles 3 820 Save R152 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Bec Hellouin model for growing food, sequestering carbon, creating jobs, and increasing biodiversity without using fossil fuels When Charles and Perrine Herve-Gruyer set out to create their farm in an historic Normandy village, they had no idea just how much their lives would change. Neither one had ever farmed before. Charles had been circumnavigating the globe by sail, operating a floating school that taught students about ecology and indigenous cultures. Perrine had been an international lawyer in Japan. Each had returned to France to start a new life. Eventually, Perrine joined Charles in Normandy, and Le Ferme du Bec Hellouin was born. Bec Hellouin has since become a celebrated model of innovative, ecological agriculture in Europe, connected to national and international organizations addressing food security, heralded by celebrity chefs as well as the Slow Food movement, and featured in the inspiring Cesar and COLCOA award-winning documentary film, Demain ("Tomorrow"). Miraculous Abundance is the eloquent tale of the couple's evolution from creating a farm to sustain their family to delving into an experiment in how to grow the most food possible, in the most ecological way possible, and create a farm model that can carry us into a post-carbon future-when oil is no longer moving goods and services, energy is scarcer, and localization is a must. Today, the farm produces a variety of vegetables using a mix of permaculture, bio-intensive, four-season, and natural farming techniques--as well as techniques gleaned from native cultures around the world. It has some animals for eggs and milk, horses for farming, a welcome center, a farm store, a permaculture school, a bread oven for artisan breads, greenhouses, a cidery, and a forge. It has also become the site of research focusing on how small organic farms like theirs might confront Europe's (and the world's) projected food crisis. But in this honest and engaging account of the trials and joys of their uncompromising effort, readers meet two people who are farming the future as much as they are farming their land. They envision farms like theirs someday being the hub for a host of other businesses that can drive rural communities-from bread makers and grain millers to animal care givers and other tradespeople. Market farmers and home gardeners alike will find much in these pages, but so will those who've never picked up a hoe. The couple's account of their quest to design an almost Edenlike farm, hone their practices, and find new ways to feed the world is an inspiring tale. It is also a love letter to a future in which people increasingly live in rural communities that rely on traditional skills, locally created and purveyed goods and services, renewable energy, and greater local governance, but are also connected to the larger world.

Introduction to Sustainability (Paperback): Robert Brinkmann Introduction to Sustainability (Paperback)
Robert Brinkmann
R1,084 R1,003 Discovery Miles 10 030 Save R81 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Introduction to Sustainability is the first major textbook to review major themes in the cutting-edge field of sustainability. The book is suitable for introductory interdisciplinary courses on sustainability, as well as those in the fields of geography, geology, sociology, planning, political science, and anthropology. Brinkmann s book allows students to see the world in new ways while also encouraging them to become part of the change needed to ensure the long-term sustainability of the planet. The text includes material on the development of the field of sustainability; environmental sustainability issues like water, food, and energy; social sustainability themes like environmental justice and transportation; and economic sustainability topics like green businesses and economic development. The book concludes with a chapter on sustainability issues in college and universities. Brinkmann intersperses many fascinating case studies and text boxes that encourage students to deeply explore the material. This is a book that not only organizes the complex field of sustainability, but also encourages students to take action to make the world a better place.

Killing It - Learning the Art of Butchery (Hardcover): Camas Davis Killing It - Learning the Art of Butchery (Hardcover)
Camas Davis 1
R505 R403 Discovery Miles 4 030 Save R102 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

After breaking up with the man she thought she'd marry and losing her job as a magazine editor, Camas Davis felt totally lost. Out of love with her life and the world, she knew one thing: that she wanted to make a change. Camas had spent much of her career writing about food, but she had never forced herself to grapple with how it actually got to her plate. And so she set off for France. There, in the rolling countryside of Gascony, she was welcomed in by the Chapolard brothers, a family of pig-farmers and butchers. They would teach her the art of butchery, and with it the art of eating and drinking the Gascon way. Surrounded by farmers, producers, cooks and food-lovers, eating some of the world's least processed and most lovingly made food, Camas discovered the very authenticity she'd longed for in her old life. She just needed to return to America, and bring what she'd learnt back with her . . . Killing It is a book about a woman doing something simultaneously extreme and unexpected, yet incredibly simple - a return to a relationship with food we only lost a few decades ago. Funny, irreverent, and totally inspiring, this is a story about turning your life upside down and starting again, it is about falling in and out of love, and it is about understanding what it means to be human and what it means to be animal too.

Glasshouse Greenhouse - Haarkon's World Tour of Amazing Botanical Spaces (Hardcover): India Hobson, Magnus Edmondson Glasshouse Greenhouse - Haarkon's World Tour of Amazing Botanical Spaces (Hardcover)
India Hobson, Magnus Edmondson 1
R724 R467 Discovery Miles 4 670 Save R257 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Greenhouses fuse together cultures and countries under one glass roof. In their debut book, photographers India Hobson and Magnus Edmondson take you on a worldwide journey through their favourite botanical spaces.

The Haarkon Greenhouse Tour began as a self-initiated adventure in Oxford s botanic garden four years ago. Since then, Magnus and India have visited countless locations in the UK, Europe, America, Asia and beyond in search of dream glasshouses and greenhouses, capturing dramatic palm houses, tropical hothouses and private potting sheds along the way.

Divided into seven thematic chapters History, Specimen, Community, Research, Pleasure, Hobbyist and Architecture the featured spaces in Glasshouse / Greenhouse are depicted via a series of photo-essays that draw out the style, plant collections and character of each space.

Permaculture Design - A Step by Step Guide (Paperback, New): Aranya Permaculture Design - A Step by Step Guide (Paperback, New)
Aranya
R451 R367 Discovery Miles 3 670 Save R84 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Are you excited about permaculture but unclear how to put it into practice for yourself? In this unique, full colour guide, experienced permaculture teacher Aranya leads you through the design process from beginning to end, using clear explanations, flowcharts and diagrams. It is based on course worksheets which have been designed, refined and tested on students over time. Linking theory to practice, he places the ethics, principles, philosophies, tools and techniques directly into the context of the process itself. While written for anyone with a basic grasp of permaculture, this book also has plenty to offer the more experienced designer. This guide covers: Systems and patterns ~ Working as part of a design team ~ Land and non-land based design ~ Design frameworks ~ Site surveying and map making ~ Interviewing clients ~ Working with large client groups ~ Identifying functions ~ Choosing systems and elements ~ Placement and integration ~ Creating a design proposal ~ Project management ~ Presenting your ideas to clients ~ and much more. A great reference for anyone who has done, or is thinking of doing, any kind of permaculture course.

Forest Landscape Restoration - Integrated Approaches to Support Effective Implementation (Hardcover): Stephanie Mansourian,... Forest Landscape Restoration - Integrated Approaches to Support Effective Implementation (Hardcover)
Stephanie Mansourian, John Parrotta
R3,089 Discovery Miles 30 890 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Forest landscape restoration (FLR) is a planned process that aims to regain ecological integrity and enhance human wellbeing in deforested or degraded landscapes. The aim of this book is to explore options to better integrate the diverse dimensions - spatial, disciplinary, sectoral, and scientific - of implementing FLR. It demonstrates the value of an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to help implement FLR focusing specifically on four issues: understanding the drivers of forest loss and degradation in the context of interdisciplinary responses for FLR; learning from related integrated approaches; governance issues related to FLR as an integrated process; and the management, creation and use of different sources of knowledge in FLR implementation. The emphasis is on recognising the need to take human and institutional factors into consideration, as well as the more obvious biophysical factors. A key aim is to advance and accelerate the practice of FLR, given its importance, particularly in a world facing increasing environmental challenges, notably from climate change. The first section of the book presents the issue from an analytical and problem-orientated viewpoint, while later sections focus on solutions. It will interest researchers and professionals in forestry, ecology, geography, environmental governance and landscape studies.

Social-Ecological Restoration in Paddy-Dominated Landscapes (Hardcover, 2014 ed.): Nisikawa Usio, Tadashi Miyashita Social-Ecological Restoration in Paddy-Dominated Landscapes (Hardcover, 2014 ed.)
Nisikawa Usio, Tadashi Miyashita
R4,180 R3,775 Discovery Miles 37 750 Save R405 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

With a focus on environmentally friendly rice farming, this unique book integrates both ecosystem and human dimensions of ecological restoration to provide strategies to promote sustainable agriculture and rural development. Paddy fields have multiple functions beyond their role of producing rice: They serve as refuge habitats for a range of wildlife that once inhabited floodplain wetlands and contain a number of unique and threatened aquatic species. They also provide various ecosystem services for regional communities such as water retention, erosion control, flood control, fish culture, and educational opportunities. However, rice paddies are threatened worldwide due to the modernization of agriculture and abandonment of farmland caused by depopulation and the aging of rural communities. Therefore, multiple ecological and sociological aspects must be considered in the ecological restoration of paddy fields. This book aims to do so by incorporating various disciplines of natural and social sciences. Strategies for sustainable agriculture are reviewed, including financial incentives for farmers and the use of flagship wildlife species such as the crested ibis (toki) to promote ecological restoration. With the increasing popularity of environmentally friendly rice farming in parts of Asia and the western United States, this book offers model cases for sustainable management of paddy-dominated landscapes.

How to Burn a Goat - Farming with the Philosophers (Hardcover): Scott H Moore How to Burn a Goat - Farming with the Philosophers (Hardcover)
Scott H Moore
R855 Discovery Miles 8 550 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The ancient Roman orator Cicero famously believed,"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."Contemporary philosopher Scott H. Moore agreesand putsthis celebrated aphorism to the test. In How to Burn a Goat: Farming with the Philosophers ,Moorespeculateson the practice of farming through the lens of philosophy and literature.He weaves together a tapestry of philosophical reflectionson work and leisure, the nature of the virtues,and the role and limitations of technology and higher education with personal reflections on the joys and trials of farm life on his Crawford, Texas,farm. Full ofself-deprecating humor, Moore relates hisown experience of a philosopher turned farmer.His efforts at scholar-farmer are haunted by questions from the world's great mindsa"Does Plato's acity of sows' ring true?,""Can Ockham help break a recalcitrant heifer?,""How can Heidegger help with raising swine?,""What insights does Iris Murdoch offer for pest control?" Combining insight with down-to-earth vignettes, Moore joins Wendell Berry, E. B. White, George Orwell, and many more in recognizing the truths deeply rooted in the management of the practical affairs of a farm. Moore arguesthat a return toagrarian roots is needed to restore Aristotelian wonder and wisdom in a worldincreasingly defined by technology. Rejecting the idea that humans are simply cogs in awheel, he shows howgreater human happiness can be found in the meaningful labor of tending to nature, rather than the ever-expanding march of automation.

Charcuterie For Dummies (Paperback): Mark LaFay Charcuterie For Dummies (Paperback)
Mark LaFay
R472 R384 Discovery Miles 3 840 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The world of charcuterie is at your fingertips Even if you've never cooked a slab of bacon in your life, you can prepare sausage and cured meats at home! In Charcuterie for Dummies, you'll learn everything you could possibly need to get started, from choosing the right gear and finding quality raw ingredients, all the way through taking your parties to the next level with epic charcuterie boards. Salami, bacon, prosciutto, and good-old-fashioned sausage are all on the menu with Charcuterie for Dummies. Author and meat master Mark LaFay will help you keep things safe and sanitary, equip you with some seriously awesome recipes, and teach you a thing or two about which beers and wines to serve up with your meat. Choose a chapter and get started! Get started curing meats at home with the highest quality raw ingredients, equipment, and recipes Make everything from sausage and bacon to prosciutto, salami, and more Learn how to pair your homemade meats with jams, nuts, cheeses, and pickles for epic charcuterie boards Take your new hobby to the next level with more advanced recipes and beverage pairings Whether you're a total beginner or coming in with some previous knowledge, Charcuterie for Dummies will unleash your culinary creativity!

The Good Living Guide to Beekeeping - Secrets of the Hive, Stories from the Field, and a Practical Guide That Explains It All... The Good Living Guide to Beekeeping - Secrets of the Hive, Stories from the Field, and a Practical Guide That Explains It All (Hardcover)
Dede Cummings
R328 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R104 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Beekeeping is nothing new the ancient Egyptians were well versed in the benefits of living with bees but in recent years, there has been a surge of folks struck with the desire to build and nurture a hive of their own. Beekeeping has become the passion of farmers in rural Vermont, urbanites with rooftops in LA, and thousands of people in between. This book is for beginners and experts alike, with all the basic information you need to get started, as well as stories and tips that will inspire and instruct the most seasoned beekeeper. In this guide, you will learn how to: Choose a spot for your hive Build a hive with simple tools and materials Buy bees or attract them to your hive Harvest the fruits of the bees' labor Make beeswax candles and lip balm Utilize honey, wax, and propolis for medicinal purposes And much more! Cummings offers readers something truly unique a book that comes alongside you like a wise friend, offering sage advice as well as humorous anecdotes and fascinating interviews with beekeepers across the country. Equally good for reading while curled up inside during the long winter as for carrying with you to the hives mid-summer, this will be a welcome addition to any bee enthusiast's library.

Coffee (Paperback): Gavin Fridell Coffee (Paperback)
Gavin Fridell
R363 Discovery Miles 3 630 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In a world of high finance, unprecedented technological change, and cyber billionaires, it is easy to forget that a major source of global wealth is, literally, right under our noses. Coffee is one of the most valuable Southern exports, generating billions of dollars in corporate profits each year, even while the majority of the world's 25 million coffee families live in relative poverty. But who is responsible for such vast inequality? Many analysts point to the coffee market itself, its price volatility and corporate oligarchy, and seek to "correct" it through fair trade, organic and sustainable coffee, corporate social responsibility, and a number of market-driven projects. The result has been widespread acceptance that the "market" is both the cause of underdevelopment and its potential solution. Against this consensus, Gavin Fridell provocatively argues that state action, both good and bad, has been and continues to be central to the everyday operations of the coffee industry, even in today's world of "free trade." Combining rich history with an incisive analysis of key factors shaping the coffee business, Fridell challenges the notion that injustice in the industry can be solved "one sip at a time" - as ethical trade promoters put it. Instead, he points to the centrality of coffee statecraft both for preserving the status quo and for initiating meaningful changes to the coffee industry in the future.

Global Agriculture - Developments, Issues & Research -- Volume 4 (Hardcover): Marvin R. Robertson, Jeffery I. Schmidt Global Agriculture - Developments, Issues & Research -- Volume 4 (Hardcover)
Marvin R. Robertson, Jeffery I. Schmidt
R3,333 Discovery Miles 33 330 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book explores the developments, issues and research outlook of global agriculture. Topics discussed in this compilation include the policy, technology, and efficiency of Brazilian agriculture; Southeast Asia's rice surplus; and speciality crop access to U.S. markets and a case study of Indian mangoes.

Cotton Production (Hardcover): Khawar Jabran, Bhagirath S Chauhan Cotton Production (Hardcover)
Khawar Jabran, Bhagirath S Chauhan
R4,303 R3,833 Discovery Miles 38 330 Save R470 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Provides a comprehensive overview of the role of cotton in the economy and cotton production around the world This book offers a complete look at the world's largest fiber crop: cotton. It examines its effect on the global economy--its uses and products, harvesting and processing, as well as the major challenges and their solutions, recent trends, and modern technologies involved in worldwide production of cotton. Cotton Production presents recent developments achieved by major cotton producing regions around the world, including China, India, USA, Pakistan, Turkey and Europe, South America, Central Asia, and Australia. In addition to origin and history, it discusses the recent advances in management practices, as well as the agronomic challenges and the solutions in the major cotton producing areas of the world. Keeping a focus on global context, the book provides sufficient details regarding the management of cotton crops. These details are not limited to the choice of cultivar, soil management, fertilizer and water management, pest control, cotton harvesting, and processing. The first book to cover all aspects of cotton production in a global context Details the role of cotton in the economy, the uses and products of cotton, and its harvesting and processing Discusses the current state of cotton management practices and issues within and around the world's cotton producing areas Provides insight into the ways to improve cotton productivity in order to keep pace with the growing needs of an increasing population Cotton Production is an essential book for students taking courses in agronomy and cropping systems as well as a reference for agricultural advisors, extension specialists, and professionals throughout the industry.

Diversity of Family Farming Around the World - Existence, Transformations and Possible Futures of Family Farms (Hardcover, 1st... Diversity of Family Farming Around the World - Existence, Transformations and Possible Futures of Family Farms (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Pierre-Marie Bosc, Jean-Michel Sourisseau, Philippe Bonnal, Pierre Gasselin, Elodie Valette, …
R4,029 R3,359 Discovery Miles 33 590 Save R670 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book aims at explaining the nature and strength of the links between the families and their farms looking at their diversity throughout the world. To do so, it documents family farming diversity by using the sustainable rural livelihood (SRL) framework exploring their ability to adapt and transform to changing environments. In 18 case studies in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe, it shows how family farms resist under adverse conditions, seize new opportunities and permanently transform. Family farms, far from being backwards are potential solutions to face the current challenges and shape a new future for agriculture taking advantage of their local knowledge and capacity to cope with external constraints. Many co-authors of the book have both an empirical and theoretical experience of family farming in developed and developing countries and their related institutions. They specify "what makes and means family" in family farming and the diversity of their expertise draws a wide and original picture of this resilient way of farming throughout the world.

Molecular Diagnostics - Part 1: Technical Backgrounds and Quality Aspects (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019): E Van Pelt-Verkuil, W B... Molecular Diagnostics - Part 1: Technical Backgrounds and Quality Aspects (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
E Van Pelt-Verkuil, W B Van Leeuwen, R Te Witt
R3,765 R2,895 Discovery Miles 28 950 Save R870 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The books Molecular Diagnostics Part 1 and 2 provide a comprehensive and practical overview of the state-of-the-art molecular biological diagnostic strategies that are being used in a wide variety of disciplines. The editors and experts in their respective fields have combined their knowledge to write these two books. Many years of experience in the development, application and quality control of molecular diagnostic methods is reflected herewith. Molecular Diagnostics Part 1 is dedicated to the theoretical backgrounds of the technologies often applied in molecular diagnostics, in which nucleic acid amplification methods (such as real-time PCR), sequencing and bioinformatics are the basic tools. The assay design and -development, combined with items of trouble-shooting are described in detail. As a foundation of reliable molecular diagnostic assays, the quality control required for validation, implementation and performance of molecular diagnostic assays is thoroughly discussed. This book also provides extensive information for those working with molecular techniques in a wide variety of research applications using conventional and real-time PCR technology, Sanger and high throughput sequencing techniques, and bioinformatics. Molecular Diagnostics Part 2 highlights the applications of the molecular diagnostic methods in the various diagnostic laboratories, comprising: - Clinical microbiology - Clinical chemistry - Clinical genetics - Clinical pathology - Molecular hematopathology - Veterinary health - Plant health - Food safety Both full-colour and well-illustrated books are particularly valuable for students, clinicians, scientists and other professionals who are interested in (designing) molecular diagnostic methods and for those who wish to broaden their knowledge on the current molecular biological revolution. The information in the books highlights the trend of the integration of multiple (clinical) disciplines into one universal molecular laboratory.

Crop Production Technologies for Sustainable Use and Conservation - Physiological and Molecular Advances (Hardcover): Munir... Crop Production Technologies for Sustainable Use and Conservation - Physiological and Molecular Advances (Hardcover)
Munir Ozturk, Khalid Rehman Hakeem, Muhammad Ashraf, Muhammad Sajid Aqeel Ahmad
R3,195 Discovery Miles 31 950 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Crop Production Technologies for Sustainable Use and Conservation:Physiological and Molecular Advances presents an abundance of research on important and new production technologies for the successful sustainable production of major crops. The volume covers most of the major crops used the production of food, sugar, and commercial fiber. With the focus on sustainability and conservation issues in crop production, the chapters present molecular and physiological research and innovations for increasing yield, quality, and safety while also taking into considering increasing demand, diminishing water and land resources, and the agricultural consequences of climate change on crop production. The major crops discussed include wheat, mungbean, cotton, jute, sugarcane, eggplant, Solanum (such as potatoes and tomatoes), peppers, okra, fruits such as apples and pears, and more. The chapters report on new developments and research on production techniques related to various fertilizers, biosystematics and molecular biology of various crops, and building resistance to climatic change, including drought tolerance, salinity stresses, and more.

Permaculture - A Student's Guide to the Theory and Practice of Ecovillage Design (Paperback): Jan Martin Bang Permaculture - A Student's Guide to the Theory and Practice of Ecovillage Design (Paperback)
Jan Martin Bang
R561 R448 Discovery Miles 4 480 Save R113 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Permaculture design has been the bedrock of the growth of the worldwide network of Ecovillages since the mid 1990s. A well-developed set of educational programmes has evolved too. This book takes as its basis the well-known Permaculture Design Course. This invaluable source book brings together everything students on such courses need to know about Ecovillage design. Starting with a historical survey of the tradition of intentional community, the book covers topics ranging from the size of community, gardening and farming, building and technology, to economics, and tools for helping communities to grow and develop. Additionally, the guide features a number of richly observed Ecovillage case-studies with photographs, alongside lots of tips for facilitators and self-study groups. This comprehensive book will also be of interest to those wishing to contribute to the founding and building of Ecovillage communities for a sustainable future.

Major Crops and Water Scarcity in Egypt - Irrigation Water Management under Changing Climate (Paperback, 1st ed. 2016): Samiha... Major Crops and Water Scarcity in Egypt - Irrigation Water Management under Changing Climate (Paperback, 1st ed. 2016)
Samiha Ouda
R1,633 R1,384 Discovery Miles 13 840 Save R249 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book includes multi-disciplinary quantifications of the effect of climate change on water requirements of wheat, maize, rice and sugarcane. Furthermore, it provides on-farm management that faces water scarcity under current situation and under climate change. Changing cultivation method (raised beds instead of furrows or basins) or increasing irrigation application efficiency (sprinkler or drip systems instead of surface irrigation) can reduce the applied water. Irrigated agriculture, although profitable, it endures wasteful use of valuable water resources. Taking into account the risk of climate change, developing countries like Egypt will highly suffer. Furthermore, the effect of intercropping (two crops use the applied water to one of them), and/or using crop rotations (arrange crops to reduce the applied water, increase water productivity and sustain soil fertility) on production and consumed irrigation water by crops were comprehensively analyzed.

The Carrot Genome (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019): Philipp Simon, Massimo Iorizzo, Dariusz Grzebelus, Rafal Baranski The Carrot Genome (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
Philipp Simon, Massimo Iorizzo, Dariusz Grzebelus, Rafal Baranski
R3,506 R3,133 Discovery Miles 31 330 Save R373 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book provides an up-to-date review and analysis of the carrot's nuclear and organellar genome structure and evolution. In addition, it highlights applications of carrot genomic information to elucidate the carrot's natural and agricultural history, reproductive biology, and the genetic basis of traits important in agriculture and human health. The carrot genome was sequenced in 2016, and its relatively small diploid genome, combined with the fact that it is the most complete root crop genome released to date and the first-ever Euasterid II genome to be sequenced, mean the carrot has an important role in the study of plant development and evolution. In addition, the carrot is among the top ten vegetables grown worldwide, and the abundant orange provitamin A carotenoids that account for its familiar orange color make it the richest crop source of vitamin A in the US diet, and in much of the world. This book includes the latest genetic maps, genetic tools and resources, and covers advances in genetic engineering that are relevant for plant breeders and biologists alike.

Dryland Forests - Management and Social Diversity in Africa and Asia (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): Purabi Bose, Han van Dijk Dryland Forests - Management and Social Diversity in Africa and Asia (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
Purabi Bose, Han van Dijk
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This volume provides new insights and conceptual understandings of the human and gender dimension of vulnerability in relation to the dynamics of tenure reforms in the dryland forests of Asia and Africa. The book analyzes the interaction between biophysical factors such as climate variability (e.g. droughts) with socio-political processes (e.g. new institutions and authority) and gender dimensions at various temporal and spatial scales. The book presents a number of case studies based on empirical research on forest tenure reform and it consequences on forest-dependent people. In particular, it highlights the interaction between legal, policy and institutional reform and the inclusion and/or exclusion of local people from deriving benefits from forest resources in the drylands. The book focuses on the questions how land tenure reform and natural resource governance impacts upon marginal groups (along individual, collective and gender dimensions); how do forest-dependent people prepare for and respond to vulnerability; and what is the effect of forest tenure policy reform on the human rights, gender and citizenship issues in relation to the use and management of forest resources and on conflict in forest zones. These issues are approached from the perspective of marginalized groups (gender and social diversity such as indigenous peoples and herders) in vulnerable dryland forests with a high risk of being exposed to climate variability.

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