• Sustainable agriculture
      June 2017

      Achieving sustainable cultivation of maize Volume 1

      From improved varieties to local applications

      by Dr Dave Watson

      Maize is one of the most important and widely grown cereal crops in the world and is a staple food for almost a billion people, particularly in the developing world. It has been estimated that maize yields need to increase by 60% by 2050. There is an urgent need to increase yields in the face of such challenges as climate change, threats from pests and diseases and the need to make cultivation more resource-efficient and sustainable.Drawing on an international range of expertise, this collection focuses on ways of improving the cultivation of maize at each step in the value chain, from breeding to post-harvest storage. Volume 1 reviews research on breeding and its use in improving nutritional quality and agronomic performance. It then goes on to discuss the challenges in translating these advances into effective outcomes for smallholders in the developing world.Achieving sustainable cultivation of maize Volume 1: From improved varieties to local applications will be a standard reference for cereal scientists in universities, government and other research centres and companies involved in maize cultivation. It is accompanied by Volume 2 which reviews improvements in cultivation techniques as well as the management of pests and diseases.

    • Sustainable agriculture
      July 2017

      Achieving sustainable cultivation of maize Volume 2

      Cultivation techniques, pest and disease control

      by Dr Dave Watson

      Maize is one of the most important and widely grown cereal crops in the world and is a staple food for almost a billion people, particularly in the developing world. It has been estimated that maize yields need to increase by 60% by 2050. There is an urgent need to increase yields in the face of such challenges as climate change, threats from pests and diseases and the need to make cultivation more resource-efficient and sustainable. Drawing on an international range of expertise, this collection focuses on ways of improving the cultivation of maize at each step in the value chain, from breeding to post-harvest storage. Volume 2 reviews research on improvements in cultivation techniques such as nutrient management, crop rotation, intercropping and other aspects of conservation agriculture. It also discusses developments in methods for combatting pests and diseases. Achieving sustainable cultivation of maize Volume 2: Cultivation techniques, pest and disease control will be a standard reference for cereal scientists in universities, government and other research centres and companies involved in maize cultivation. It is accompanied by Volume 1 which reviews developments in breeding and ways research can be translated into effective outcomes for smallholders in the developing world.

    • Sustainable agriculture
      May 2017

      Achieving sustainable cultivation of rice Volume 1

      Breeding for higher yield and quality

      by Prof. Takuji Sasaki

      Rice is one of the most important foods in the world. As the demand for rice continues to increase, there is an urgent need to increase yields in the face of such challenges as climate change, threats from pests and diseases and the need to make cultivation more resource-efficient and sustainable.Drawing on an international range of expertise, this collection focuses on ways of improving the cultivation of rice at each step in the value chain, from breeding to post-harvest storage. Volume 1 reviews research in physiology and breeding and its application to produce varieties with improved traits such as higher yields. It then goes on to discuss nutritional and other aspects of rice quality and the ways these can be enhanced.Achieving sustainable cultivation of rice Volume 1: Breeding for higher quality and yield will be a standard reference for rice scientists in universities, government and other research centres and companies involved in rice cultivation. It is accompanied by Volume 2 which reviews improvements in cultivation techniques, pest and disease management.

    • Sustainable agriculture
      May 2017

      Achieving sustainable cultivation of rice Volume 2

      Cultivation, pest and disease management

      by Prof. Takuji Sasaki

      Rice is one of the most important foods in the world. As the demand for rice continues to increase, there is an urgent need to increase yields in the face of such challenges as climate change, threats from pests and diseases and the need to make cultivation more resource-efficient and sustainable.Drawing on an international range of expertise, this collection focuses on ways of improving the cultivation of rice at each step in the value chain, from breeding to post-harvest storage. Volume 2 reviews research in improving cultivation in such areas as irrigation and nutrition as well as developments in disease and pest management.Achieving sustainable cultivation of rice Volume 2: Cultivation, pest and disease management will be a standard reference for rice scientists in universities, government and other research centres and companies involved in rice cultivation. It is accompanied by Volume 1 which reviews research in breeding, nutritional and other aspects of rice quality.

    • Sustainable agriculture
      April 2018

      Achieving sustainable cultivation of sorghum Volume 2

      Sorghum utilization around the world

      by Prof. William Rooney

      Sorghum is one of the world’s major cereals, cultivated in the semi-arid tropics for a growing range of uses. Like other crops it faces the need to meet rising demand whilst reducing its environmental impact and adapting to the challenges of climate change. This volume summarises the wealth of research addressing these challenges.Part 1 reviews the chemistry of sorghum and its physiology, before discussing its use as a food grain, in feed and as a forage and energy crop. The second part of the book discusses ways of improving cultivation in regions such as South America, Asia and Africa.With its distinguished editor and international team of expert authors, this will be a standard work for cereal scientists, sorghum breeders and growers as well as government and non-government agencies supporting sorghum cultivation. It is accompanied by a companion volume which reviews genetics, breeding and production techniques.

    • Sustainable agriculture
      June 2017

      Achieving sustainable cultivation of wheat Volume 1

      Breeding, quality traits, pests and diseases

      by Prof. Peter Langridge

      Wheat is the most widely cultivated cereal in the world and a staple food for around 3 billion people. It has been estimated that demand for wheat could increase by up to 60% by 2050. There is an urgent need to increase yields in the face of such challenges as climate change, threats from pests and diseases and the need to make cultivation more resource-efficient and sustainable.Drawing on an international range of expertise, this collection focuses on ways of improving the cultivation of wheat at each step in the value chain, from breeding to post-harvest storage. Volume 1 reviews research in wheat breeding and quality traits as well as diseases and pests and their management. Chapters in Part 1 review advances in understanding of wheat physiology and genetics and how this has informed developments in breeding, including developing varieties with desirable traits such as drought tolerance. Part 2 discusses aspects of nutritional and processing quality. Chapters in Part 3 cover research on key wheat diseases and their control as well as the management of insect pests and weeds.Achieving sustainable cultivation of wheat Volume 1: Breeding, quality traits, pests and diseases will be a standard reference for cereal scientists in universities, government and other research centres and companies involved in wheat cultivation. It is accompanied by Volume 2 which reviews improvements in cultivation techniques.

    • Sustainable agriculture
      July 2017

      Achieving sustainable cultivation of wheat Volume 2

      Cultivation techniques

      by Prof. Peter Langridge

      Wheat is the most widely cultivated cereal in the world and a staple food for around 3 billion people. It has been estimated that demand for wheat could increase by up to 60% by 2050. There is an urgent need to increase yields in the face of such challenges as climate change, threats from pests and diseases and the need to make cultivation more resource-efficient and sustainable.Drawing on an international range of expertise, this collection focuses on ways of improving the cultivation of wheat at each step in the value chain, from breeding to post-harvest storage. Volume 2 reviews research in improving cultivation techniques. Chapters in Part 1 review topics such as variety selection, seed and root growth, water and nutrient management. Part 2 goes on to discuss broader issues such as sustainable intensification and organic cultivation. The final part of the collection covers ways of improving wheat cultivation in the developing world.Achieving sustainable cultivation of wheat Volume 2: Cultivation techniques will be a standard reference for cereal scientists in universities, government and other research centres and companies involved in wheat cultivation. It is accompanied by Volume 1 which reviews breeding, quality traits, pests and diseases.

    • Technology, Engineering & Agriculture
      October 2018

      Integrated disease management of wheat and barley

      by Prof Richard Oliver, Prof. R. F. Park, Dr Edward C. Rojas, Dr Hans J. L. Jørgensen, Dr Birgit Jensen, Prof David B. Collinge, Dr S. B. Goodwin, Dr Javier Sánchez-Martín, Dr Salim Bourras, Prof Beat Keller, Dr Caroline Moffat, Dr F. M. Santana, Dr A. K. Ruud, Dr M. Lillemo, Dr E. Hill, Dr P. Solomon, Dr J. L. N. Maciel, Dr Simon Ellwood, Dr Hugh Wallwork, Dr Wolfgang Knogge, Dr R. J. Bryson, Dr H-D. Brix, Dr Lise Nistrup Jørgensen, Dr Thies Marten Heick, Dr Sambasivam Periyannan, Dr Lee Hickey, Dr Sadia Iqbal, Prof. Michael G. K. Jones, Dr A. Schouten, Dr T. K. Turkington, Dr K. Xi, Dr H. R. Kutcher

      Diseases remain a serious problem in wheat and barley cultivation. It has been estimated that around 20% of global crop production is lost to diseases. Leading fungal diseases affecting wheat and barley include rusts, Septoria blotches, powdery mildew, tan spot, spot blotch, net blotch, scald and Fusarium species. Conventional control using fungicides faces a number of challenges such as increasing regulation and the spread of fungicide resistance. This collection sums up the wealth of research addressing this challenge.Part 1 reviews the latest research on understanding the main fungal diseases of cereals. Part 2 discusses key challenges in integrated disease management of wheat and barley. These challenges include developing new fungicides, the problem of fungicide resistance, breeding disease-resistance varieties, improving disease identification and the use of natural antifungal compounds.With its distinguished editor and international team of expert authors, this will be a standard reference for cereal scientists in universities, government and other research centres and companies involved in wheat cultivation.

    • Cereal crops
      October 2009

      Insect-resistant Maize

      by Jürg Bürgi

      Many farmers in sub-Saharan Africa suffer heavily from crop losses due to stem borer pests. Insecticides are often unaffordable; therefore, maize plants must be made resistant to pests. The 'Insect Resistant Maize for Africa' (IRMA) project in Kenya was aimed at developing new maize varieties both by conventional methods and by biotechnologically incorporating the ?-endotoxin produced by the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis. The author gives an impartial and chronological account of this exemplary project between 1999 and 2008, supplemented by discussions of agricultural development policy and descriptions of Kenyan smallholders and the project team. Taking critical and rational positions on the use of modern plant breeding techniques, biotechnology and development policy, this book is of interest to researchers and students, development agencies, NGOs and biotechnology companies.

    • Technology, Engineering & Agriculture
      July 2018

      Achieving sustainable cultivation of sorghum Volume 1

      Genetics, breeding and production techniques

      by Prof. William Rooney, Dr Jeff Dahlberg, Dr D. T. Rosenow, Dr Elizabeth A. Cooper, Prof. Stephen Kresovich, Prof. Hari Upadhyaya, Dr Mani Vetriventhan, Dr Cleve Franks, Dr Joseph E. Knoll, Dr Tesfaye Tesso, Dr Dereje D. Gobena, Dr Dechassa O. Duressa, Dr Kraig Roozeboom, Dr Krishna Jagadish, Dr R. Perumal, Dr Desalegn D. Serba, Dr Dilooshi Weerasooriya, Dr Clint W. Magill, Dr Gary C. Peterson, Dr Louis K. Prom, Dr Elfadil M. Bashir, Dr Chris Little, Dr John Burke, Willmar L. Leiser, H. Frederick Weltzien-Rattunde, Dr Eva Weltzien, Prof. Bettina I.G. Haussmann, Dr Roger L. Monk, M. Djanaguiraman, Prof. P. V. V. Prasad, I. A. Ciampitti, Prof. David Mengel, Dr Jourdan Bell, Dr Robert C. Schwartz, Dr Kevin McInnes, Dr Q. Xue, Dr Dana Porter, Prof. Bonnie Pendleton, Dr A. Y. Bandara, Dr T. C. Todd, Dr Muthu Bagavathiannan, Dr W. Everman, Dr P. Govindasamy, Prof. Anita Dille, Dr M. Jugulam, Dr J. Norsworthy, Dr Bruno Tran, Dr R. Hodges

      Sorghum is one of the world’s major cereals, cultivated in the semi-arid tropics for a growing range of uses. Like other crops it faces the need to meet rising demand whilst reducing its environmental impact and adapting to the challenges of climate change. This volume summarises the wealth of research addressing these challenges.Part 1 explores the genetic diversity and genomics of sorghum. This provides the foundation for Part 2 which reviews advances in conventional and marker-assisted breeding and their use to develop high-yielding and stress-resistant varieties. The final part of the book discusses ways of improving cultivation to make the most of new varieties, from nutrient and water management to better control of diseases, insects and weeds.With its distinguished editor and international team of expert authors, this will be a standard work for cereal scientists, sorghum breeders and growers as well as government and non-government agencies supporting sorghum cultivation. It is accompanied by a companion volume which reviews the range of uses of sorghum and cultivation in different regions.

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