• Technology, Engineering & Agriculture
      July 2017

      Almonds

      Botany, Production and Uses

      by Rafel Socias i Company, Thomas M Gradziel

      This book provides a comprehensive overview of almond growing from a scientific and horticultural perspective, covering botany, production, processing and industrial uses. Almonds are an important crop; they are highly regarded for their flavour, nutritional properties and culinary uses, and almond oil is used widely in food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical production. They are easy to transport and have long storability, facilitating global dissemination. Demand is constantly increasing and global production has more than doubled in the last 20 years. The popularity of almonds and the increase in demand has required new plantings and a response to ongoing changes in cultural and climatic conditions. Almonds: Botany, Production and Uses meets the need for up-to-date information on this crop and covers: · botany and taxonomy · cultivation, genetics and breeding · propagation, orchard management and harvesting · pests and diseases · nutrition, marketing and utilization Authored by an international team of experts and presented in full colour throughout, this book is an essential resource for academic researchers and extension workers, as well as growers, orchard managers and industry personnel. ; This book provides a comprehensive overview of almond growing, covering botany in addition to processing and industrial uses. Authored by an international team of experts and in full colour, it also presents genetic, pest, disease and marketing information from a scientific and horticultural perspective. ; 1: Botany and Taxonomy 2: History of Cultivation 3: Production and Growing Regions 4: Almond in the Southern Hemisphere 5: Classical Genetics and Breeding 6: Molecular Breeding and Genomics 7: Late-blooming Cultivar Development 8: Pollen-Style (In)compatibility: Development of Autogamous Cultivars 9: Rootstock Development 10: Propagation Techniques 11: Orchard Systems and Management 12: Climatic Requirements 13: Nutrient and Water Requirements 14: Diseases: Fungi, Bacteria, Viruses, and Nematodes, 15: Pests: Insects, Mites, Birds, and Rodents 16: Harvesting 17: Composition 18: Marketing 19: Almond Utilization

    • Technology, Engineering & Agriculture
      April 2018

      Urban Pest Control

      A Practitioner's Guide

      by Partho Dhang

      This guide brings together the varied and multiple skills and activities required of pest control practitioners, including biology, chemistry, architecture, engineering, sales, logistics, legal and accounting, presented with a primary emphasis on pest organisms at its core. This book provides information and tips on all of these aspects and: explores the business of controlling pests (including trends in the industry, pest control tools, and sustainable pest control); covers biological information on each pest in addition to information on control and management, monitoring and follow-up; focusses particularly on globally significant pests with internationally-applicable use and guidance; and provides practical and hands-on experience, drawing on original case studies This is a key resource for pest control practitioners, as well as in-house staff of companies or buildings involved in household or urban pest control. It is also a valuable reference for researchers, and sanitation and building managers.

    • Insecticide & herbicide technology
      June 2016

      The Handbook of Naturally Occurring Insecticidal Toxins

      by Opender Koul

      Naturally occurring toxins are among the most complicated and lethal in existence. Plant species, microorganisms and marine flora and fauna produce hundreds of toxic compounds for defence and to promote their chances of survival, and these can be isolated and appropriated for our own use. Many of these toxins have yet to be thoroughly described, despite being studied for years. Focusing on the natural toxins that are purely toxic to insects, this book contains over 500 chemical structures. It discusses the concepts and mechanisms involved in toxicity, bioassay procedures for evaluation, structure-activity relationships, and the potential for future commercialization of these compounds. A comprehensive review of the subject, this book forms an important source of information for researchers and students of crop protection, pest control, phytochemistry and those dealing in insect-plant interactions.

    • Sustainable agriculture
      June 2016

      International Trade and Food Security

      The Future of Indian Agriculture

      by Edited by Floor Brouwer, Pramod K Joshi

      This book explores structural changes in India's agrifood systems during the next ten to twenty years. The dynamics in the agrifood sector is explored in the context of the overall economy, taking into account agricultural and trade policies and their impacts on national and global markets. The contributors draw on qualitative and quantitative approaches, using both a national model - to focus on urban-rural relations and income distribution - and an international model to focus on patterns of economic growth and international trade.

    • Agriculture & farming
      June 2016

      Farm-level Modelling

      Techniques, Applications and Policy

      by Edited by S Shrestha, B V Ahmadi, A Barnes

      Farm level models have been widely used in agricultural economic studies. This book provides an in-depth description of different methodologies and techniques currently used in farm level modelling. Whilst chapters will give an overview of the theoretical grounding behind the models, it will take an applied stance; more specifically using cases from the application of modelling to policy reforms and the subsequent impacts on rural communities and food supply. This book also provide descriptions on using farm level models in much wider field such as aggregation and linking with sectoral models.

    • Poultry farming
      April 2016

      Sustainable Poultry Production in Europe

      by Edited by Emily Burton, Joanne Gatcliffe, Helen Masey O'Neill, Dawn Scholey

      Examining sustainable poultry production systems across Europe, this book contains a selected cross section of papers from the 2014 UK Poultry Science Symposium. It reviews essential topics such as resources and supply chains, the global poultry market, risk management, zoonoses and green issues. Providing a compilation of the most current research in the poultry science and production industry, this book is an important resource for both researchers and professionals.

    • Horticulture
      March 2016

      Environmental Horticulture

      Science and Management of Green Landscapes

      by Ross Cameron, James Hitchmough

      Environmental horticulture - also referred to as landscape horticulture and amenity horticulture - is the umbrella term for the horticulture that we encounter in our daily lives. This includes parks, botanic gardens, sports facilities, landscape gardens, roundabouts, cemeteries, shopping centres - any public space which has grass, planting and trees. This book reflects contemporary thinking and is supported by scientific evidence to show the role, value and application of horticulture in the landscape. The discipline of environmental horticulture, its importance and impact on the wider environment is explored in the first part, whilst the second part covers practical horticultural management of different categories of environmental horticulture.

    • Fertilizers & manures
      January 2016

      Water Dynamics in Plant Production

      by Wilfried Ehlers, Michael Goss

      Water is the most basic essential for plant growth; an inadequate supply causes severe problems, as plants rely on the water transmitted by soil to meet their physiological and nutritional needs. Since the first edition was published, flooding and droughts throughout the world have made water an even more topical subject, as the importance and instability of our water supplies have been brought to the forefront of daily life. This new edition of Water Dynamics in Plant Production focuses on the dynamics of water through the hydrologic cycle and the associated mechanisms that plants employ to optimize growth and development. It describes the basic scientific principles of water transport in the soil-plant atmosphere continuum, and explains the linkage between transpirational water use and dry matter production. Paying particular attention to the various agronomic strategies for adaptation to climate-driven limitations of water resources, the efficiency of water use in plant production and in achieving an economic yield is presented in detail. This book offers a multidisciplinary introduction to the fundamentals and applications of water dynamics in natural and managed ecosystems. Including text boxes throughout, as well as online supplementary material, it provides an essential state of-the-art resource for students and researchers of soil and plant science, hydrology and agronomy. This book is enhanced with supplementary resources. <a href="http://www.cabi.org/openresources/43823">Access free short answer questions, discussion points and multiple choice questions here.</a>

    • Agronomy & crop production
      December 2015

      The Handbook of Mites of Economic Plants

      Identification, Bio-ecology and Control

      by Vincenzo Vacante

      Mites pose a serious problem to plants worldwide, attacking crops and spreading disease. When mites damage crops of economic importance the impacts can be felt globally. Mites are among the most diverse and successful of invertebrates, with over 45,000 described species, with many more thousands to be discovered. They are responsible for a significant portion of the losses of crops for food, fibre, industry and other purposes, and require expensive and often controversial pest control measures. Understanding these mites is vital for entomologists, pest researchers, agronomists and food producers. Knowledge of mite pests helps to inform control strategies and optimize the production of economic plants and the agrarian economy. This encyclopedia provides a thorough coverage of the mites and the problems they cause to crops, yet it is easily searchable, organised by mite species and subdivided into helpful headings. It takes a worldwide view of the issue of mites injurious to economic plants, describing mites prevalent in different regions and discussing control methods appropriate in different environments. This book provides an encyclopaedic reference to the major mites, described by family in terms of their internal and external morphology, bio-ecology and family systematics. Methods of mite collection and laboratory study is described, as well as species diagnostic characteristics, worldwide distribution, host plants, identification by the type of damage they cause and control strategies, including chemical and biological intervention and integrated pest management measures. Mites of the following families are included: (Eriophyoidea, Tarsonemidae, Tuckerellidae, Tenuipalpidae, Tetranychidae, Acaridae, Penthaleidae). The Handbook of Mites of Economic Plants is an important resource for students of entomology and crop production, and as a thorough reference guide for researchers and field workers involved with mites, crop damage and food production. <a href="http://www.cabi.org/openresources/39946/">Click here to read the first chapter for free.</a>

    • Agronomy & crop production
      October 2015

      Potato and Sweetpotato in Africa

      Transforming the Value Chains for Food and Nutrition Security

      by Edited by Jan Low, Moses Nyongesa, Sara Quinn, Monica Parker

      Sweetpotato and potato are expanding faster than any other food crops in sub-Saharan Africa. There is growing investment in research to address bottlenecks in value chains concerning these two crops, and growing interest from the private sector in investing in them. This book addresses five major themes on sweetpotato and potato: policies for germplasm exchange, food security and trade in Africa; seed systems; breeding and disease management; post-harvest management, processing technologies and marketing systems; nutritional value and changing behaviours. <a href="http://www.cabi.org/openresources/44202">Read three chapters for free.</a>

    • Horticulture
      September 2015

      Garden Centre Management

      by Ken Crafer

      Garden Centre management has professionalised in recent years as garden centres have become more highly developed retail operations. Many students of horticulture are expected to go into retail management and so the topic has increasingly appeared on the further education curriculum. This book is equally targeted at students, garden centre managers and professional courses in garden centre management. It provides a practical approach backed up by management theory. The text covers consumer behaviour, staff management, stock management, marketing and productivity.

    • Horticulture
      September 2015

      Garden Centre Management

      by Ken Crafer

      Garden Centre management has professionalised in recent years as garden centres have become more highly developed retail operations. Many students of horticulture are expected to go into retail management and so the topic has increasingly appeared on the further education curriculum. This book is equally targeted at students, garden centre managers and professional courses in garden centre management. It provides a practical approach backed up by management theory. The text covers consumer behaviour, staff management, stock management, marketing and productivity.

    • Animal husbandry
      July 2015

      Epidemiology for Field Veterinarians

      An Introduction

      by Evan Sergeant,Nigel Perkins

      Intended as an introduction for veterinarians and other animal health professionals interested in and wishing to apply epidemiological methods in their day-to-day work, this book provides a practical guide for those new to the field. Its applied focus covers the principles of epidemiology in real world situations and practical implementation of disease outbreak investigation, for both emerging and endemic diseases. Techniques and methods are discussed, supported by case studies and practical examples to illustrate their application. The book is clearly written and accessible, providing readers with practical information and encouraging the development of problem-solving skills. It is an essential handbook for veterinary surgeons and students and those involved in animal health, food safety and epidemiology.

    • Animal husbandry
      July 2015

      Epidemiology for Field Veterinarians

      An Introduction

      by Evan Sergeant,Nigel Perkins

      Intended as an introduction for veterinarians and other animal health professionals interested in and wishing to apply epidemiological methods in their day-to-day work, this book provides a practical guide for those new to the field. Its applied focus covers the principles of epidemiology in real world situations and practical implementation of disease outbreak investigation, for both emerging and endemic diseases. Techniques and methods are discussed, supported by case studies and practical examples to illustrate their application. The book is clearly written and accessible, providing readers with practical information and encouraging the development of problem-solving skills. It is an essential handbook for veterinary surgeons and students and those involved in animal health, food safety and epidemiology.

    • Forestry & silviculture: practice & techniques
      June 2015

      Europe's Changing Woods and Forests

      From Wildwood to Managed Landscapes

      by Edited by Keith Kirby, Charles Watkins

      Our understanding of the ecological history of European forests has been transformed in the last twenty years. Bringing together key findings from across the continent, this book provides a comprehensive account of the relevance of historical studies to current conservation and management of forests. It combines theory with a series of regional case studies to show how different aspects of forestry play out according to the landscape and historical context of the local area.

    • Pest control
      June 2015

      Biocontrol Agents of Phytonematodes

      by Mahfouz Abd-Elgawad, Christian Cumagun, M K Dasgupta, Pedro Luiz Martins Soares, K Devrajan, Masanori Koike, Ioannis Giannakou, E A Tzortzakakis, Fernando da Silva Rocha, Fábio Alves, Ioannis Vagelas, Moussa Lobna, Uri Gerson, A H Wani, C Sankaranarayanan, Anwar L Bilgrami, Mohammad Reza Moosavi, Kamal Kishore Chaudhary.

      Highlighting the use of biocontrol agents as an alternative to chemical pesticides in the management of plant parasitic nematodes, this book reviews the current progress and developments in the field. Tactful and successful exploitation of each biocontrol agent, i.e. nematophagous fungi, parasitic bacteria, predaceous mites, rhizobacteria, mycorrhiza and predaceous nematodes, has been described separately. The contributors are 23 eminent nematologists and their information has been compiled in 19 chapters.

    • Animal breeding
      June 2015

      Equine Reproductive Physiology, Breeding and Stud Management, 4th Edition

      by Mina C G Davies Morel

      The fourth edition of this popular textbook provides a comprehensive account of how to successfully breed horses. Updated throughout, the new edition will cover techniques such as cloning, intra-cytoplasmic sperm injections (ICSI), in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and related reproductive technology that is currently being developed. The book also looks at reproductive anatomy, endocrine control and selection for breeding mares and stallions, and pregnancy, parturition and lactation in the mare. This classic textbook is required reading for many equine science and related courses, particularly in the UK.

    • Animal breeding
      June 2015

      Equine Reproductive Physiology, Breeding and Stud Management, 4th Edition

      by Mina C G Davies Morel

      The fourth edition of this popular textbook provides a comprehensive account of how to successfully breed horses. Updated throughout, the new edition will cover techniques such as cloning, intra-cytoplasmic sperm injections (ICSI), in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and related reproductive technology that is currently being developed. This book also looks at reproductive anatomy, endocrine control and selection for breeding mares and stallions, and pregnancy, parturition and lactation in the mare. This classic textbook is required reading for many equine science and related courses, particularly in the UK.

    • Animal husbandry
      May 2015

      The Behavioural Biology of Chickens

      by Christine J Nicol

      Chickens are by far the world’s most widely farmed animal, kept for both meat and egg production. They are at the centre of many debates regarding housing and production systems, causing significant interest in what lies behind chicken behaviour. This accessible book covers sensory biology, behavioural development, preferences and aversions, social behaviour, learning and cognition, behavioural issues in different systems and solutions for behavioural problems. Authored by an authority on chicken ethology, it brings together the fields of animal behaviour, neuroscience, psychology and epidemiology to provide a comprehensive understanding of chicken behaviour and help improve the lives of farmed chickens around the world.

    • Agronomy & crop production
      April 2015

      The Nature of Crops

      How we came to eat the plants we do

      by Professor John Warren

      Have you ever wondered why we eat wheat, rice, potatoes and cassava? Why we routinely domesticate foodstuffs with the power to kill us, or why we chose almonds over acorns? Answering all these questions and more in a readable and friendly style, this book takes you on a journey through our history with crop plants. Arranged into recurrent themes in plant domestication, this book documents the history and biology of over 50 crops, including cereals, spices, legumes, fruits and cash crops such as chocolate, tobacco and rubber. In The Nature of Crops John Warren reveals: -Why the Egyptians worshipped onions; -Why red-flowering runner beans provide fewer beans than white-flowering; -The inherent dangers of being a pineapple worker; and -Why a bird will always beat you in a chilli pepper eating competition!

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