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Marschner's Mineral Nutrition of Higher Plants (Hardcover, 3rd edition): Horst Marschner Marschner's Mineral Nutrition of Higher Plants (Hardcover, 3rd edition)
Horst Marschner
R2,606 R2,104 Discovery Miles 21 040 Save R502 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

An understanding of the mineral nutrition of plants is of fundamental importance in both basic and applied plant sciences. The Second Edition of this book retains the aim of the first in presenting the principles of mineral nutrition in the light of current advances.
This volume retains the structure of the first edition, being divided into two parts: Nutritional Physiology and Soil-Plant Relationships. In Part I, more emphasis has been placed on root-shoot interactions, stress physiology, water relations, and functions of micronutrients. In view of the worldwide increasing interest in plant-soil interactions, Part II has been considerably altered and extended, particularly on the effects of external and interal factors on root growth and chapter 15 on the root-soil interface.
The second edition will be invaluable to both advanced students and researchers.
Key Features
* Second Edition of this established text
* Structure of the book remains the same
* 50% of the reference and 50% of the figures and tables have been replaced
* Whole of the text has been revised
* Coverage of plant (soil interactions has been increased considerably)

Agricultural Sustainability - Progress and Prospects in Crop Research (Hardcover): Gurbir S Bhullar, Navreet K Bhullar Agricultural Sustainability - Progress and Prospects in Crop Research (Hardcover)
Gurbir S Bhullar, Navreet K Bhullar
R1,283 R1,046 Discovery Miles 10 460 Save R237 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Collaboratively written by top international experts and established scientists in various fields of agricultural research, this book focuses on the state of food production and sustainability; the problems with degradation of valuable sources of land, water, and air and their effects on food crops;the increasing demand of food resources; and the challenges of food security worldwide. The book provides cutting edge scientific tools and methods of research as well as solid background information that is accessible for those who have a strong interest in agricultural research and development and want to learn more on the challenges facing the global agricultural production systems.
Provides cutting edge scientific tools and available technologies for researchAddresses the effects of climate change and the population explosion on food supply and offers solutions to combat themWritten by a range of experts covering a broad range of agriculture-related disciplines"

Reviving the Living, Volume 6 - Meaning Making in Living Systems (Hardcover): Yair Neuman Reviving the Living, Volume 6 - Meaning Making in Living Systems (Hardcover)
Yair Neuman
R4,032 Discovery Miles 40 320 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Reviving the Living: Meaning Making in Living Systems presents a novel perspective that relates to current biological knowledge and issues. Written by polymath Dr. Yair Neuman, the book challenges the dogmas that frame our understanding of living systems and presents a radical alternative approach to understanding the world around us, one that avoids the pitfalls of non-scientific perspectives such as Vitalism and Creationism. In this thought provoking and iconoclastic manuscript, Neuman follows the footsteps of Gregory Bateson, Mikhail Bakhtin, Michael Polanyi and others, to suggest that living systems are meaning making systems. The book delves into the unique processes of meaning making that characterize organisms as a unique category of nature, and offers new and fascinating insights into a variety of enigmatic biological phenomena from immune memory to hidden life (cryptobiosis). It consists of four parts divided into 18 chapters and covers topics ranging from reductionism and its pitfalls to genetics; why organisms are irreducible; immunology; meaning making in language and biology; meaning-bridging the gap between physics and semantics; context and memory; and the poetry of living. Core concepts and themes are illustrated using examples based in current science. This text would be of high interest to biologists, philosophers, cognitive scientists, psychologists, and semioticians, as well as to any reflective individual who is willing to examine the realm of the living from a novel and fascinating perspective.

Chemical Bioavailability in Terrestrial Environments, Volume 32 (Hardcover): Ravendra Naidu Chemical Bioavailability in Terrestrial Environments, Volume 32 (Hardcover)
Ravendra Naidu
R2,194 Discovery Miles 21 940 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This book begins with an overview of current thinking on bioavailability, its definition, cutting edge research in speciation and advancement in tools for assessing chemical bioavailability in the terrestrial environment. The second section of the book focuses on the role of chemical speciation in bioavailability. Section three addresses bioavailability and ecotoxicity of contaminants and leads into the next section on bioavailability of nutrients and agrichemicals. Subsequent sections provide an overview of tools currently being used and new cutting edge techniques to assess contaminant bioavailability. The last section of the book builds on previous sections in relating bioavailability to risk assessment and how this could be used for managing risks associated with contaminated land.
* Provides the latest information on developing concepts and definitions of bioavailability
* Includes a discussion of bioavailability and ecotoxicity of contaminants and bioavailability of nutrients and agrichemicals for applications in agriculture
* Analysizes tools for assessing bioavailability and the role of bioavailability in risk assessment and remediation

Memory Evolutive Systems; Hierarchy, Emergence, Cognition, Volume 4 (Hardcover, 4th edition): A C Ehresmann, J. P. Vanbremeersch Memory Evolutive Systems; Hierarchy, Emergence, Cognition, Volume 4 (Hardcover, 4th edition)
A C Ehresmann, J. P. Vanbremeersch
R3,840 Discovery Miles 38 400 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The theory of Memory Evolutive Systems represents a mathematical model for natural open self-organizing systems, such as biological, sociological or neural systems. In these systems, the dynamics are modulated by the cooperative and/or competitive interactions between the global system and a net of internal Centers of Regulation (CR) wich a differential access to a central heirarchical Memory.
The MES proposes a mathematical model for autonomous evolutionary systems and is based on the Category Theory of mathematics. It provides a framework to study and possibly simulate the structre of "living systems" and their dynamic behavior. MES explores what characterizes a complex evolutionary system, what distinguishes it from inanimate physical systems, its functioning and evolution in time, from its birth to its death.
The behavior of this type of system depends heavily on its former experiences, and a model representing the system over a period of time, could anticipate later behavior and perhaps even predict some evolutionary alternatives.
The role of the MES model will be two-fold: theoretical, for a comprehension of a fundamental nature and practical, for applications in biology, medicine, sociology, ecology, economy, meteorology, and other sciences.
Key Features:
*Comprehensive and comprehensible coverage of Memory Evolutive System
*Written by the developers of the Memory Evolutive Systems
*Designed to explore the common language between sciences

Lead Molecules from Natural Products, Volume 2 - Discovery and New Trends (Hardcover, 2nd edition): Mahmud Tareq Hassan Khan,... Lead Molecules from Natural Products, Volume 2 - Discovery and New Trends (Hardcover, 2nd edition)
Mahmud Tareq Hassan Khan, Arjumand Ather
R6,482 Discovery Miles 64 820 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Lead Molecules from Natural Products: Discovery and New Trends provides the reader with a thorough overview of current discoveries and trends in Natural Products research.
This book consists of 22 chapters from well known scientists all over the world, with topics ranging from Natural Product Chemistry and Phytochemistry in their most basic form, to Molecular Biology and "in silico" drug design. Contributors describe their own laboratory experiences, revealing their findings, the legal issues encountered.
The chapters, all of equally high quality, summarize years of extensive research in each area, and provide insight in the new themes of natural product research. The information will help to predict promising leads, useful for physicians in the treatment of different diseases and disease manifestations.
* Explains the effects of plant extracts on gene expression profiling.
* Details medicinal plant research from around the world
* Explores a variety of medicinal uses of plants from traditional remedies, to anti-cancer agents and anti-salmonella agents.

Mathematical Modeling for System Analysis in Agricultural Research (Hardcover, New): Karel D Vohnout Mathematical Modeling for System Analysis in Agricultural Research (Hardcover, New)
Karel D Vohnout
R4,862 Discovery Miles 48 620 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This book provides a clear picture of the use of applied mathematics as a tool for improving the accuracy of agricultural research. For decades, statistics has been regarded as the fundamental tool of the scientific method. With new breakthroughs in computers and computer software, it has become feasible and necessary to improve the traditional approach in agricultural research by including additional mathematical modeling procedures.


The difficulty with the use of mathematics for agricultural scientists is that most courses in applied mathematics have been designed for engineering students. This publication is written by a professional in animal science targeting professionals in the biological, namely agricultural and animal scientists and graduate students in agricultural and animal sciences. The only prerequisite for the reader to understand the topics of this book is an introduction to college algebra, calculus and statistics. This is a manual of procedures for the mathematical modeling of agricultural systems and for the design and analyses of experimental data and experimental tests. It is a step-by-step guide for mathematical modeling of agricultural systems, starting with the statement of the research problem and up to implementing the project and running system experiments.

Genetically Modified Organisms in Agriculture - Economics and Politics (Hardcover): Gerald C. Nelson Genetically Modified Organisms in Agriculture - Economics and Politics (Hardcover)
Gerald C. Nelson
R2,696 Discovery Miles 26 960 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Genetically modified crops have become a topic of great interest among scientists, regulators, consumers, farmers, and politicians. Despite their potential benefits, public hostility toward these crops is causing dramatic changes to import/export policies, food safety regulations, and agricultural practices around the world. Genetically Modified Organisms in Agriculture provides a comprehensive overview of the subject and a balanced look at the costs and benefits of GMO products.
Part I reviews the scientific, economic, and political issues relating to the use of agricultural GMOs. Chapters cover specific applications, regulatory concerns, import/export patterns, international trade issues, and a discussion of future trends. Part II offers a unique look at all sides of the GMO controversies, with short chapters contributed by leading individuals with widely different perspectives. Part III presents a more in-depth look at selected issues plus helpful reference materials.
This book makes the latest information on GMOs accessible to all interested parties, including students, laypeople, scientists, activists, and professionals working in related fields.
* Additional detailed footnotes and references for the academic
* International contributions from the US, Europe and India
* Covers the perspectives of different groups involved in the controversies: governments, environmental agencies, consumers, industrial agencies and the developing world

Stable Isotopes and Plant Carbon-Water Relations (Hardcover): Bernard Saugier Stable Isotopes and Plant Carbon-Water Relations (Hardcover)
Bernard Saugier; Volume editing by James Ehleringer, Anthony E. Hall, Graham D Farquhar
R4,350 Discovery Miles 43 500 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This 33-chapter volume presents a critical examination of the importance of stable isotopes in understanding key plant metabolic processes.
Key Features
* Carbon isotope analyses for estimates of plant water use and metabolism
* Integrated estimates of stress impacts and life history in ecological systems
* Hydrogen and oxygen isotope analyses for evaluating water sources and transpiration
* Use of stable isotopes in scaling from leaf to global levels
* Sections include:
* History and Theoretical Considerations
* Ecological Aspects of Carbon Isotope Variation
* Agricultural Aspects of Carbon Isotope Variation
* Genetics and Isotopic Variation
* Water Relations and Isotopic Composition

Wood Chemistry - Fundamentals and Applications (Hardcover, 2nd edition): Eero Sjostrom Wood Chemistry - Fundamentals and Applications (Hardcover, 2nd edition)
Eero Sjostrom
R1,554 Discovery Miles 15 540 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Wood Chemistry, Fundamentals and Applications, Second Edition, examines the basic principles of wood chemistry and its potential applications to pulping and papermaking, wood and wood waste utilization, pulping by-products for production of chemicals and energy, and biomass conversion.

Genomics of Cultivated Palms (Hardcover, New): V. Arunachalam Genomics of Cultivated Palms (Hardcover, New)
V. Arunachalam
R2,249 R2,134 Discovery Miles 21 340 Save R115 (5%) Special order

Bioinformatics offers novel tools and resources to analyze plant genomes and genes. The complete genomes of two important commercial palms (dates and oil palm) have recently been sequenced. This offers scope for many computational tools to decipher the synteny, collinearity and common and unique genes of palms.

This book reviews the latest developments in this field.
Includes the latest information on the molecular breeding and bioinformatics of palmsCovers past and current work and future opportunitiesWritten in simple language avoiding technical jargon

Elsevier's Dictionary of Botany - Russian-English (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition): P. Macura Elsevier's Dictionary of Botany - Russian-English (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
P. Macura
R3,986 Discovery Miles 39 860 Special order

This dictionary contains approximately 60,000 entries, constituting the most extensive listing of Russian, English and Latin names of plants, trees, shrubs, fungi, and lichens. It also includes a large number of botanical and biological terms frequently occurring in Russian botanical literature.

Biology of Brassica Coenospecies, Volume 4 (Hardcover, 1st ed): C.Gomez- Campo Biology of Brassica Coenospecies, Volume 4 (Hardcover, 1st ed)
C.Gomez- Campo
R4,888 Discovery Miles 48 880 Special order

"Brassica" crop species and their allies ("Raphanus, Sinapis, Eruca, " etc.) are important sources of edible roots, stems, leaves, buds and inflorescences, as well as of edible or industrial oils, condiments and forage. Many well known names of plants or plant products, such as kale, cabbage, brocolli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kohl-rabi, Chinese cabbage, turnip, rape, rutabaga, swede, colza or rapeseed, canola, mustard, rocket, etc. are directly associated to this botanical group.
The scientific interest for this botanical group has run parallel to its economical importance, and research achievements in our days would have certainly appeared unimaginable only two decades ago. As the end of the millenium approaches, entirely new fields (transformation, somatic fusion, etc.) have been added to the classical ones. Thus, nobody can doubt the opportuneness of this book, which combines and presents both the basic and applied biological aspects of the Brassica species.

The Bamboos of the World - Annotated Nomenclature and Literature of the Species and the Higher and Lower Taxa (Hardcover, 1st... The Bamboos of the World - Annotated Nomenclature and Literature of the Species and the Higher and Lower Taxa (Hardcover, 1st ed)
D. Ohrnberger
R5,566 Discovery Miles 55 660 Special order

Bamboos constitute one of a few select categories of plants which are taxonomically related, very rich in species and of vital economic and ecological importance. Since the early 20th century the accepted number of species of bamboos, world wide, has tripled. However, until now information was scattered through numerous, often not easily available publications.

"The Bamboos of the World," is the first comprehensive (taxonomic as well as horticultural) reference work that provides basic information on bamboos world wide, whether they are wild or cultivated, well-known or rather unknown. The work, based on bamboo literature, facilitates access to further data by citation and a comprehensive bibliography. Among the main data included are botanical names with synonyms, and geographical distribution of genera and species, varieties with their distinctive characters, common bamboo names, plant introductions to the West, plant size and uses. The distribution of genera is mapped.

"The Bamboos of the World" presents a wealth of essential information in an accessible and structured manner. It gives the opportunity to check under what names, and where, relevant information on any bamboo can be found. For the researcher with management and development interests it provides a convenient means of basing bamboo resource on a sound understanding of generic and species relationships, with names that appear in earlier literature put into context. The work should prove to be invaluable for those interested in the morphology, taxonomy, distribution and cultivation of bamboos. It should support botanical, forestry, horticultural and ecological research, training and resource management.

Natural Rubber, Volume 23 - Biology, Cultivation and Technology (Hardcover): M.R. Sethuraj, Ninan T. Mathew Natural Rubber, Volume 23 - Biology, Cultivation and Technology (Hardcover)
M.R. Sethuraj, Ninan T. Mathew
R1,789 Discovery Miles 17 890 Special order

No other book on natural rubber covers such a broad spectrum of subjects as this unique publication. Subjects related to the biology, cultivation and technology of natural rubber are dealt with, along with such important aspects as its history, production and processing, through to its sophisticated engineering applications. Every chapter follows a monograph style of presentation, with comprehensive citations and depth of treatment. Contributions from highly experienced, and still active, renowned scientists reflect the truly international effort to the development of this commodity. In addition to the wealth of information presented, most of the chapters contain elaborate lists of earlier contributions in the respective fields; one chapter each has been included on rubber wood, ancillary products and guayule.

Vascular Transport in Plants (Hardcover): N. Michelle Holbrook, Maciej A. Zwieniecki Vascular Transport in Plants (Hardcover)
N. Michelle Holbrook, Maciej A. Zwieniecki
R2,239 R2,127 Discovery Miles 21 270 Save R112 (5%) Special order

Vascular Transport in Plants provides an up-to-date synthesis of new research on the biology of long distance transport processes in plants. It will be a valuable resource and reference for researchers and graduate level students in physiology, molecular biology, physiology, ecology, ecological physiology, development, and all applied disciplines related to agriculture, horticulture, forestry and biotechnology. The book considers long-distance transport from the perspective of molecular level processes to whole plant function, allowing readers to integrate information relating to vascular transport across multiple scales. The book is unique in presenting xylem and phloem transport processes in plants together in a comparative style that emphasizes the important interactions between these two parallel transport systems.
* Includes 105 exceptional figures
* Discusses xylem and phloem transport in a single volume, highlighting their interactions
* Syntheses of structure, function and biology of vascular transport by leading authorities
* Poses unsolved questions and stimulates future research
* Provides a new conceptual framework for vascular function in plants

The Chlamydomonas Sourcebook: Introduction to Chlamydomonas and Its Laboratory Use - Volume 1 (Hardcover, 2nd edition):... The Chlamydomonas Sourcebook: Introduction to Chlamydomonas and Its Laboratory Use - Volume 1 (Hardcover, 2nd edition)
Elizabeth H. Harris
R1,904 Discovery Miles 19 040 Special order

Dr. Harris has played a major role in the development of this organism as a model system. Her previous version of the "Chlamydomonas Sourcebook" which published in 1989, has been a classic in the field and is considered required reading for anyone working with this organism. This latest edition has been expanded to include three volumes providing molecular techniques, analysis of the recently sequenced genome, and reviews of the current status of the diverse fields in which Chlamydomonas is used as a model organism. Methods for Chlamydomonas research and best practices for applications in research, including methods for culture, preservation of cultures, preparation of media, lists of inhibitors and other additives to culture media, are included. Additions to this volume also include help with common laboratory problems such as contamination, student demonstrations, and properties of particular strains and mutants.
"This volume is part of a 3-Volume Set (ISBN: 978-0-12-370873-1) and is also sold individually."
* Expanded revision of gold standard reference
* Includes latest advances in research, including completion of the genome
* Provides broad perspective with studies in cell and molecular biology, genetics, plant physiology and related fields
* Available as part of a 3-Volume Set or sold individually

Chromosome Engineering in Plants, Volume 2A - Genetics, Breeding, Evolution (Hardcover): P.K. Gupta, T. Tsuchiya Chromosome Engineering in Plants, Volume 2A - Genetics, Breeding, Evolution (Hardcover)
P.K. Gupta, T. Tsuchiya
R6,594 Discovery Miles 65 940 Special order

This two-volume work surveys the entire range of general aspects of chromosome research on plants. This first volume is divided into two sections. Section A consists of 11 chapters covering the entire range of general aspects of chromosome research in plants (including a chapter on genetic engineering in crop improvement). Section B is devoted to cytogenetics of cereals and millets (wheat, rye, barley, triticale, oats, maize, rice, pearl millet, and minor millets). More than one chapter is devoted to the same crop to give a detailed treatment of chromosome research (including molecular biology) in these crops.

The second volume deals with cytogenetics of plant materials including legumes, vegetable and oil crops, sugar crops, forage crops, fibre crops, medicinal crops and ornamentals. This work will be useful both as a reference work and a teaching aid to satisfy a wide range of workers. Every chapter has been written by an expert who has been involved in chromosome research on a particular plant material for many years.

The Agronomy and Economy of Turmeric and Ginger - The Invaluable Medicinal Spice Crops (Hardcover, New): K. P. Prabhakaran Nair The Agronomy and Economy of Turmeric and Ginger - The Invaluable Medicinal Spice Crops (Hardcover, New)
K. P. Prabhakaran Nair
R2,067 Discovery Miles 20 670 Special order

Turmeric has been used as a medicine, a condiment, and a dye since at least 600 B.C., while ginger has been used extensively throughout history for its medicinal purposes. "The Agronomy and Economy of Turmeric and Ginger" brings these two important plants together in one reference book, explaining their history, production techniques, and nutritional and medicinal properties in detail.

This book is intuitively organized by plant and use, allowing quick access to information. It puts the uniquely Indian use and history of turmeric and ginger plants into a global context of production and economic aspects. It explores the plants from a botanical perspective, and goes into details of their chemical composition as well. Rounding out the book are chapters on disease and pest control issues.

The book is a valuable resource for those involved in the production and marketing of these plants, as well as those looking for more information on the medicinal and nutritional properties of turmeric and ginger.
The first book to bring together extensive information about turmeric and gingerIncorporates medicinal, nutritional and agricultural aspects of the two plantsOffers a global perspective

Statistical Analysis of Regional Yield Trials: AMMI Analysis of Factorial Designs (Hardcover): Hugh G. Gauch Statistical Analysis of Regional Yield Trials: AMMI Analysis of Factorial Designs (Hardcover)
Hugh G. Gauch
R4,996 Discovery Miles 49 960 Special order

During the last few years, many journal articles have shown the usefulness of the Additive Main Effects and Multiplicative Interaction (AMMI) model for analyzing regional yield trials. AMMI helps agronomists and breeders in several ways: to understand or model complex data sets, especially the interactions; to estimate yields more accurately, even with less data; to make better selections; and to design more efficient yield-trial experiments.

This book is the first systematic treatment of these topics, collecting concepts from the scattered literature and also presenting many new results. Although agricultural applications are emphasized here, AMMI is applicable to two-way data tables containing one kind of data, either replicated or not, so AMMI appears in many areas of science and technology.

The volume's first seven chapters review the agricultural and statistical principles and the final chapter indicates the difference that AMMI can make for agricultural research and world food supplies. This book will be of great value to agricultural scientists throughout the world, enabling them to learn more from their data and thereby make greater progress.

Checklist for Sustainable Landscape Management - Final Report of the EU Concerted Action AIR3-CT93-1210 (Hardcover): J.D.Van... Checklist for Sustainable Landscape Management - Final Report of the EU Concerted Action AIR3-CT93-1210 (Hardcover)
J.D.Van Mansvelt, M.J. van der Lubbe
R2,658 Discovery Miles 26 580 Special order

This work is an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, widely-calibrated checklist for EU sustainable landscape management, which is intended to serve both as an analytical tool of reference as well as a design tool for local, regional and European policy making on sustainable developments.

The tool has been developed out of a multidisciplinary study in EU countries which was designed to find out what would be the overall requirements for a sustainable management of the landscape of rural areas. Could these stipulations be brought together in a comprehensive system with sufficient consistency to comply with the notion that the landscape is an entity, which should be managed accordingly? Cooperation of the scientific experts with those involved in the practical side, and alternating plenary reporting with subgroup visits to farms in the rural landscapes of the participants' countries, allowed for the development of some truly interdisciplinary teamwork. Organic agriculture has been included to find out how organic agriculture contributes to the rural landscape.

Response of Plants to Multiple Stresses (Hardcover): William E. Winner, Eva J. Pell Response of Plants to Multiple Stresses (Hardcover)
William E. Winner, Eva J. Pell; Series edited by Jacques Roy
R1,220 Discovery Miles 12 200 Special order

This book presents a whole-plant perspective on plant integrated responses to multiple stresses, including an analysis of how plants have evolved growth forms and phenological responses to cope with changing stress patterns in natural environments.
Key Features
* Explores stress responses at both the structural and process levels
* Outlines structural, phenological, and physiological responses that optimize production under multiple stresses
* Combines physiological and evolutionary perspectives

Integrated Resource Management - Agroforestry for Development (Hardcover): Charles V. Kidd, David Pimentel Integrated Resource Management - Agroforestry for Development (Hardcover)
Charles V. Kidd, David Pimentel
R1,201 Discovery Miles 12 010 Special order

The benefits of agriculture's Green Revolution, characterized by high energy input, mechanization, fertilizers, pesticides and irrigation, are not available to millions in the developing world. The possible alternatives employing low energy input, smallness of scale, intensive use of labour and long term sustainability are the subject of this book.;The book includes overviews of current agricultural production systems and alternatives; demographics, mortality and population growth; soils, erosion and water availability; sustainable integrated agroforestry systems and behavioural adaptations.;It also explains why a quality environment is essential for future agricultural and economic development, proves that integrated resource management leads to sustainable and productive agriculture for development, shows that certain agroforestry techniques conserve soil, water, energy and biological resources while increasing food and fuel supplies and addresses the need for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research and training to implement sound resource management policies and programmes.

Conservation Biological Control (Hardcover): Pedro Barbosa Conservation Biological Control (Hardcover)
Pedro Barbosa
R2,229 R2,117 Discovery Miles 21 170 Save R112 (5%) Special order

This volume is a comprehensive treatment of how the principles of ecology and conservation biology can be used to maximize biological control. Conservation Biological Control presents various means to modify or manipulate the environment to enhance the activities of natural enemies of pests. It establishes a conceptual link between ecology and the agricultural use of agents for biological control, and discusses both theoretical issues as well as practical management concerns. Certain to be interesting to ecologists and entomologists, this volume will also appeal to scientists, faculty, researchers and students interested in pest management, horticulture, plant sciences, and agriculture.
Key Features
* Contains chapters by an international team of leading authorities
* Establishes a conceptual link between ecology and the agricultural use of agents for biological control
* Discusses both theoretical issues as well as practical management concerns
* Provides specific examples of how conservation principles are used to maximize the biological control of pests

Vertisols and Technologies for their Management, Volume 24 (Hardcover): Nahmad, A. Mermut Vertisols and Technologies for their Management, Volume 24 (Hardcover)
Nahmad, A. Mermut
R6,582 Discovery Miles 65 820 Special order

Vertisols, one of the eleven established soil orders, are clay soils with unusual and interesting properties. They cover more than 350 million hectares of land in the world and in tropical Africa alone there are over 100 million hectares. Because of their very small particle size and high surface area, these soils have higher physical and chemical reactivity than other soils. Their interaction with agrochemicals/industrial wastes, has been, increasingly, the subject of research especially in the last two decades. Vertisols create special problems when used for engineering purposes.

This book is intended to provide comprehensive and state-of-the-art information about Vertisols worldwide. Special attention is given to the use and management of soils such as fertilizer use, crop selection, soil tillage, water restriction on land including irrigation, and soil erosion. A special chapter has been added to deal with geotechnical engineering of Vertisols.

Vertisols have great potential for agricultural production but many, especially in the developing world, are underutilized due to a lack of understanding regarding their behaviour and management.

This book is written by leading scientists worldwide. It is expected that this monograph will be of great use to soil scientists and agronomists, graduate and senior graduate students.

Improvement of their management may solve the current food deficiency in the world.

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