• Economics
      February 2013

      Short and long of Futures Markets

      Safex, Grain Hedging, Speculation

      by Dr. Mariette Geyser

      Thsi book is a student's guide to understand futures markets. Ample case studies and references will help to make this a handson publication.

    • Agricultural science
      October 2015

      Crop Improvement, Adoption and Impact of Improved Varieties in Food Crops in Sub-Saharan Africa

      by Edited by Dr Thomas S. Walker, Jeffrey Alwang

      Following on from the CGIAR study by Evenson and Gollin (published by CABI in 2003), this volume provides up-to-date estimates of adoption outcomes and productivity impacts of crop variety improvement research in sub-Saharan Africa. The book reports on the results of the DIIVA Project that focussed on the varietal generation, adoption and impact for 20 food crops in 30 countries. It also compares adoption outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa to those in South Asia, and guides future efforts for global agricultural research

    • Agricultural science
      November 2012

      Dairy Herd Health

      by Edited by Martin Green.

      Dairy herd health is an important and universal topic in large animal veterinary practice and farming, covering both preventive medicine and health promotion. With the move towards large-scale farming, the health of the herd is important as an economic unit and to promote the health of the individuals within it. This book focuses on diseases within herds, herd husbandry practices, youngstock management and environmental issues. Major diseases and conditions are covered, including mastitis, lameness, nutrition, metabolic and common infectious diseases from a herd health perspective. It is an essential resource for veterinary practitioners and students, researchers and dairy industry personnel.

    • Agricultural science
      October 2012

      Economics of Regulation in Agriculture

      Compliance with Public and Private Standards

      by Edited by Floor Brouwer, Glenn Fox, Roel Jongeneel.

      This work debates and investigates the cross-compliance system - whereby farmers comply with certain standards relating to the environment, food safety and animal and plant health. It discusses cross-compliance in the context of existing standards, on-farm costs and the competitiveness of farm businesses. Analysing the economics of regulation both within the internal market of the EU and the broader world market by examining a broad range of agricultural products. This resource will be of value to agriculture and resource economists, policy makers, researchers and students in environmental and agricultural policy and modelling.

    • Agricultural science
      July 2012

      Farm Incomes, Wealth and Agricultural Policy

      Filling the CAP's Core Information Gap

      by Berkeley Hill

      The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has been supporting the incomes of the European Union's agricultural community for half a century. Despite this, there is still no official system in place to track the economic wellbeing of farmers and their families. This book examines the evidence on the overall wealth of farming households, and concludes that in nearly all member states, they are not generally a poor sector of society, with disposable incomes that are similar to, or exceed, the national average. In this updated edition, the author discusses the latest evidence, makes recommendations for gathering better information, and considers the implications for the CAP as we enter the second decade of the 21st century.

    • Agricultural science
      September 2011

      Farm Business Management

      Analysis of Farming Systems

      by Peter L Nuthall

      The third and final instalment of Peter Nuthall's Farm Business Management series, this volume teaches the practical skills needed to manage a farm, such as risk analysis, budgeting, cost benefit analyses and much more. The key characteristic of this book is its ability to simplify the complex subject of business management into a clear, accessible volume tailored to the topic of farming, by using engaging techniques such as worked examples to fully explain the complex decision making tools necessary for this discipline.

    • Agricultural science
      March 2011

      Farm Animal Behaviour

      Characteristics for Assessment of Health and Welfare

      by Ingvar Ekesbo

      Animal behaviour is the basis for ascertaining their welfare and is a topic of ever growing importance. This textbook is organised into three sections covering all major farm animals of the world, both mainstream and specialist: large farm animal species (horses, cattle, swine, sheep and goats), poultry and farmed birds and non-domesticated animals such as deer. Each chapter describes the elements of behaviour of a particular species in a clear and uniform format. Background to domestication, innate and learnt behaviour, social behaviour, mating behaviour, activity patterns, senses, behaviour in the young animal, vision and hearing are all covered for each species. Understanding of ethological knowledge is both a necessary aid for getting correct diagnoses, but also for the assessment of health and welfare in the single animal or a group of animals, making the book valuable for veterinary practitioners as well as students at university and tertiary level.

    • Agricultural science
      October 2010

      Experimental Statistics for Agriculture and Horticulture

      by Clive Ireland

      Providing practical training supported by a sound theoretical basis, this textbook introduces students to the principles of investigation by experiment and the role of statistics in analysis. It draws on the author’s extensive teaching experience and is illustrated with fully worked contextualized examples throughout, helping the reader to correctly design their own experiments and identify the most appropriate technique for analysis. Subjects covered include sampling and determining sample reliability, hypothesis testing, relationships between variables, the role and use of computer packages such as Genstat, and more complex experimental designs such as randomized blocks and split plots.

    • Agricultural science
      May 2010

      Climate Change and Crop Production

      by E Barrett-Lennard, H Braun, Jose Crossa, Peter Hobbs, David Hodson, Andy Jarvis, Peter Langridge, Anne Legrève, David Lobell, Mark Mazzola, Ivan Ortiz-Monasterio, Martin A J Parry, Daniel Mullan. Edited by Matthew P Reynolds.

      Current trends in population growth suggest that global food production is unlikely to satisfy future demand under predicted climate change scenarios unless rates of crop improvement are accelerated. In order to maintain food security in the face of these challenges, a holistic approach that includes stress-tolerant germplasm, sustainable crop and natural resource management, and sound policy interventions will be needed. The first volume in the CABI Climate Change Series, this book provides an overview of the essential disciplines required for sustainable crop production in unpredictable environments. Chapters include discussions of adapting to biotic and abiotic stresses, sustainable and resource-conserving technologies and new tools for enhancing crop adaptation. Examples of successful applications as well as future prospects of how each discipline can be expected to evolve over the next 30 years are also presented. Laying out the basic concepts needed to adapt to and mitigate changes in crop environments, this is an essential resource for researchers and students in crop and environmental science as well as policy makers.

    • Agricultural science
      August 2007

      Seed Dispersal

      Theory and its Application in a Changing World

      by Edited by Andrew J Dennis, Ronda J Green, Eugene W Schupp, David A Westcott

      Fresh concepts in the study of seed dispersal are spurring a host of exciting new questions, new answers to old questions, new methods and approaches, and a reinvigoration of the field.Seed Dispersal: Theory and its Application in a Changing World presents both recent advances and reviews of current knowledge demonstrating the vigour and vibrancy of the field. It provides new perspectives and directions at a time when efforts to meet growing environmental challenges threatening natural systems are of utmost importance.

    • Agricultural science
      December 2006

      Mathematical Models in Agriculture

      Quantitative Methods for the Plant, Animal and Ecological Sciences

      by Dr John H M Thornley. Edited by James (Jim) France.

      Bringing together the disciplines of agriculture, animal science, plant science and ecology, this book explores how mathematics can be used to understand and explain agricultural processes. It starts by providing a review of the mathematical models currently available to agriculturalists, and the philosophy behind, and objectives of, modeling. The book then applies these techniques to real-life problems faced by people managing crops and animals, including the influence of digestion on animal growth rates and levels of photosynthesis on crop yield.

    • Agricultural science
      December 2005

      Valuing Crop Biodiversity

      On-Farm Genetic Resources and Economic Change

      by Edited by Melinda Smale

      This book examines the challenges faced by farmers trying to maintain crop biodiversity in developing and transitional economies. Using a collection of empirical case studies of farmers and crop scientists across a range of agricultural economies and income levels, it presents economic tools and methods for valuing and managing crop biodiversity. It discusses the economic benefits of crop biodiversity for farmers and suggests ways in which crop biodiversity can be supported by national policies. The book provides an indispensable 'tool kit' for all those concerned with the development of strategies to facilitate sustainable management and conservation of crop genetic diversity for future generations.

    • Agricultural science
      December 2004

      Flower Seeds

      Biology and Technology

      by Edited by Miller B McDonald, Francis Y Kwong, Frans Bongers, Marc P E Parren, Dossahua Traoré

      The floral industry represents a significant proportion of agricultural income in several developed countries, particularly the USA, the Netherlands and Japan. Hitherto the sheer diversity of flower seeds, in their form, function and biology, has hindered the production of a comprehensive treatment of the topic. This book provides a unique and much-needed resource of information on the biology and technology of flower seeds. It presents in-depth information on the history and evolution of the ornamental and wild flower seed industries followed by recommendations for successful breed and production programs. A comprehensive coverage of the biology of flower seeds is considered as well as appropriate technologies associated with germination, vigor and viability testing. In this volume, the first of its kind, international authorities from academia and industry have been brought together to provide a comprehensive reference resource for both practitioners and students of seed science and technology and of ornamental horticulture.

    • Agricultural science
      November 2003

      Poisonous Plants and Related Toxins

      by Edited by Thomas Acamovic, Colin S Stewart, Tom W Pennycott

      This book presents refereed and edited papers from the 6th International Symposium on Poisonous Plants, held in Scotland in August 2001. It covers a range of topics from plant biochemistry to toxic effects in animals (particularly grazing farmed animals) and humans. The contents include the evolution of antinutrients and toxins in plants, biomedical applications of toxins in plants, isolation, identification and effects of plant and fungal toxins and the effect of plant toxins on aversion to plants in animal diets.

    • Agricultural science
      October 2003

      Biology of Seeds

      Recent Research Advances

      by Edited by Gregorio Nicolas, Kent J Bradford, Daniel Come, Hugh W Pritchard

      This book presents edited and revised papers from the seventh International Workshop on Seeds, held in Salamanca, Spain, in May 2002. The key topics addressed include seed development, germination and dormancy, as well as desiccation, seed ecology and seed biotechnology.

    • Agricultural science
      January 2003

      Seeds of Concern

      The Genetic Manipulation of Plants

      by David R Murray

      This book makes a significant contribution to the debate about the applications and implications of gene technology from the perspective of a plant biologist. It is written in an accessible way and therefore will be appropriate for non-specialists and the more general reader, as well as students and others in plant breeding and biotechnology. The author is a well-known Australian botanist, who has written or edited several previous books on both academic and popular topics in plant science. In this book he addresses questions such as:How are genetically modified plants producedWhich breeding goals are worthwhile?Can the escape of transferred genes be controlled?Who is monitoring the unexpected effects of gene transfer?Will GM plants ever be acceptable to organic growers?

    • Agricultural science
      August 2002

      Rice Almanac

      by G P Hettel, Jay L Maclean, D C Dawe, Bill Hardy

      As a result of editions published in 1993 and 1997, the Rice Almanac has become a standard handbook that brings together general information about rice and data about rice production worldwide. The third edition has been fully updated and expanded to include more countries, and is the result of collaboration between the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), West Africa Rice Development Association (WARDA), Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United States.

    • Agricultural science
      July 2002

      Global Rangelands

      Progress and Prospects

      by Anthony C Grice, Ken C Hodgkinson

      Although traditionally defined as areas where natural vegetation is exploited for grazing by domestic and native herbivores, rangelands are used by many different people, for a host of purposes. As well as livestock products, rangelands provide fuels, minerals and water and are used for ecotourism, recreation, nature conservation and as carbon sinks. More than half of the earth's land surface is rangeland and millions of people, both within and outside the rangelands, depend on them. This book addresses the important issues confronting the rangelands and presents new concepts and approaches for the management of rangeland resources. It is relevant to the people who live in or depend on the rangelands, and to the institutions and organisations that support them.

    • Agricultural science
      May 2002

      Desiccation and Survival in Plants

      Drying without Dying

      by Michael J Black, Hugh W Pritchard

      In the past twenty years there has been a revolution in plant sciences, as new methods of molecular biology and biophysics have been applied to investigate environmental stress, particularly desiccation tolerance. Today, there is a good level of understanding of how plant cells cope with extreme water stress. This book is divided into four sections, dealing with 1) the technical background to desiccation tolerance studies; 2) the frequency and levels of dehydration stress tolerance in biological systems; 3) mechanisms of damage and tolerance, and 4) a brief prospect and retrospect. It covers orthodox and recalcitrant seeds, pollen and spores, vegetative parts, and other plant tissues.

    • Agricultural science
      April 2002

      Nitrogen Fixation

      Global Perspectives

      by Edited by Turlough M Finan, Mark R O'Brian, David B Layzell, J K Vessey, William Newton

      Whilst the actual reduction of nitrogen gas (dinitrogen) to ammonia would appear to be a well defined process, many research questions concerning nitrogen fixation remain and continue to be addressed by diverse groups of scientists. This book presents the proceedings of the 13th International Congress on Nitrogen Fixation, held in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in July 2001. With very broad participation and a wide range of topics, it covers the most recent findings. In fifteen sections the main topics discussed include; bacterial genomics, plant genomics, development biology, signals in the soil, nodule metabolism and applied aspects of nitrogen fixation.

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