Your cart is empty
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
This 33-chapter volume presents a critical examination of the
importance of stable isotopes in understanding key plant metabolic
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.
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.
"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.
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
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.
Grazing animals need to be managed in order to accommodate desired
results in terms of animal, plant, land and economic responses.
Grazing Management, 2nd Edition integrates principles and
management techniques that apply to all grazing lands and to all
grazing animals. This comprehensive volume provides authoritative
review on a wide range of relevant topics: animal nutrition and
nutritional balance when fed on different sorts of grazing lands;
seasonal variation and limits placed on ecosystems by grazing; the
effects of grazing on grazing lands; the various sorts of grazing
behaviors; selecting plants and managing grazing lands, as well as
many other important topics bearing upon the methods, practises and
procedures for properly managing grazing lands and animals.
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.
Methods in Plant Biochemistry is an authoritative reference on current techniques in the various fields of plant biochemical research. Under the expert guidance of guest editors, each volume provides comprehensive, practical information on the assay and analytical techniques appropriate for a particular family of plant compounds. The series emphasizes techniques and laboratory procedures. No plant biochemical laboratory can afford to be without this comprehensive and up-to-date reference.
This second volume of "The Chlamydomonas Sourcebook" provides the
background and techniques for using this important organism in
plant research. From biogenesis of chloroplasts and mitochondria
and photosynthesis to respiration and nitrogen assimilation, this
volume introduces scientists to the functions of the organism. The
volume then moves on to starch biosynthesis, sulfur metabolism,
response to heavy metals, and hydrogen production.
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.
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.
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.
Microirrigation has become the fastest growing segment of the
irrigation industry worldwide and has the potential to increase the
quality of food supply through improved water fertilizer
efficiency. This book is meant to update the text "Trickle
Irrigation, Design, Operation and Management." This text offers the
most current understanding of the management criteria needed to
obtain maximum water and fertilization efficiency.
The value of multi-disciplinary research lies in the exchange of
ideas and methods across the traditional boundaries between areas
of study. It could be argued that many of the advances in science
and engineering take place because the ideas, methods and the tools
of thought from one discipline become re-applied in another.
Rather than simply cataloging the various interpretations of European regulations by Member States, this international team examines the economic priorities, the legal bases, the social norms and cultural patterns which come into play, presenting an analytical approach to the study of production rights in European agriculture.
This volume covers the most significant advances of the last ten years in understanding intermediary nitrogen metabolism in plants. The eight chapters comprise aspects of nitrate and nitrogen assimilation, symbiotic nitrogen fixation, glutamine and glutamate enzymology, amino acid biosynthesis, ureides, and polyamine and sulfur metabolism. The volume emphasizes molecular and genetic advances as well as biochemistry and physiology. Intermediary Nitrogen Metabolism will be of interest to all plant biochemists and molecular geneticists who study nitrogen metabolism, enzymology, and amino acids.
You may like...
Integrated Renewable Energy for Rural…
N.El Bassam, Preben Maegaard Hardcover R2,980 Discovery Miles 29 800
Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos in…
K Sakai Hardcover R2,633 Discovery Miles 26 330
Plant Genetic Engineering, Volume 5…
A.D. Arencibia Hardcover R3,438 Discovery Miles 34 380
Dictionary of Plant Lore
D.C. Watts Hardcover R1,071 Discovery Miles 10 710
The Agronomy and Economy of Turmeric and…
K. P. Prabhakaran Nair Hardcover R2,067 Discovery Miles 20 670
Chromosome Engineering in Plants, Volume…
P.K. Gupta, T. Tsuchiya Hardcover R6,594 Discovery Miles 65 940
Response of Plants to Multiple Stresses
William E. Winner, Eva J. Pell Hardcover R1,220 Discovery Miles 12 200
Ecological and Silvicultural Strategies…
Takao Fujimori Hardcover R3,322 Discovery Miles 33 220
Conservation Biological Control
Pedro Barbosa Hardcover
Mycotoxins in Fruits and Vegetables
Rivka Barkai-Golan, Nachman Paster Hardcover R1,724 Discovery Miles 17 240