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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
R2,257 R1,891 Discovery Miles 18 910 Save R366 (16%) 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)

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
R2,146 Discovery Miles 21 460 Within 7 - 11 working days

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

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
R1,216 R1,034 Discovery Miles 10 340 Save R182 (15%) 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"

Genomics of Cultivated Palms (Hardcover, New): V. Arunachalam Genomics of Cultivated Palms (Hardcover, New)
V. Arunachalam
R2,216 R1,837 Discovery Miles 18 370 Save R379 (17%) Within 7 - 12 working days

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

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 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 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 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

Multidisciplinary Approaches to Visual Representations and Interpretations, Volume 2 (Hardcover, New): Grant Malcolm Multidisciplinary Approaches to Visual Representations and Interpretations, Volume 2 (Hardcover, New)
Grant Malcolm
R4,455 Discovery Miles 44 550 Within 7 - 11 working days

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.
The topic of "the visual" has become increasingly important as advances in technology have led to multi-media and multi-modal representations, and extended the range and scope of visual representation and interpretation in our lives. Under this broad heading there are many different perspectives and approaches, from across the entire spectrum of human knolwedge and activity.
The editors and authors of this book aim to break down cross-disciplinary barriers, by bringing together people working in a wide variety of disciplines where visual representations and interpretations are exploited. Contributions come from researchers actively investigating visual representations and interpretations in a wide variety of areas, including art history, biology, clinical science, cognitive science, computer science, design, engineering, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, physics, psychology, and sociology.
The book provides a forum for wide-ranging and multi-disciplinary contributions on visual representations and interpretations.
* Contributors include researchers actively investigating visual representations and interpretations
* Content spans a wide variety of areas including but not limited to biology, sociology, and computer science
* Discusses how new technology has affected "the visual" representation of information

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 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 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.

Production Rights in European Agriculture (Hardcover): D. Barthelemy, J. David Production Rights in European Agriculture (Hardcover)
D. Barthelemy, J. David
R4,638 Discovery Miles 46 380 Within 7 - 11 working days

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 work traces the emergence and the economic and legal content of the different income support tools for agricultural producers, collectively termed 'production rights' and it looks at the foundations of the specific national conceptions underlying the methods of organising agricultural activity.


The book is intended for a varied readership: farmers themselves, of course, but also economic, legal and tax consultants, experts, lawyers, notaries, as well as students, teachers and researchers. It has been set out in such a way as to allow readers to move freely from one subject to another, depending on whether their interest lies in economic aspects or legal developments, or whether they are more concerned by certain production rights or by certain features of their own organisation.


The goal of the book is to enable the reader to grasp the special features and the significance of the forces which have shaped the current income support instruments for producers in the various Member States of the EU, and which will unquestionably continue to influence the measures which flow from reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy in the years to come.

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 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

Biology of Brassica Coenospecies, Volume 4 (Hardcover, 1st ed): C.Gomez- Campo Biology of Brassica Coenospecies, Volume 4 (Hardcover, 1st ed)
C.Gomez- Campo
R5,079 Discovery Miles 50 790 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
R5,784 Discovery Miles 57 840 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.

Molecular Biology, Volume 10B - Molecular Biology: Vol.10b (Hardcover): P.M. Dey, J.B. Harborne Molecular Biology, Volume 10B - Molecular Biology: Vol.10b (Hardcover)
P.M. Dey, J.B. Harborne; Volume editing by Joy L. Bryant
R2,000 Discovery Miles 20 000 Within 7 - 11 working days

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.

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 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 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.

Integrated Resource Management - Agroforestry for Development (Hardcover): Charles V. Kidd, David Pimentel Integrated Resource Management - Agroforestry for Development (Hardcover)
Charles V. Kidd, David Pimentel
R1,547 Discovery Miles 15 470 Within 7 - 11 working days

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.

Terpenoids, Volume 7 (Hardcover): P.M. Dey, J.B. Harborne Terpenoids, Volume 7 (Hardcover)
P.M. Dey, J.B. Harborne; Volume editing by D.V. Banthorpe
R1,584 Discovery Miles 15 840 Within 7 - 11 working days

The series, Methods in Plant Biochemistry, provides an authoritative reference on current techniques in the various fields of plant biochemical research. Each volume in the series will, under the expert guidance of a guest editor, deal with a particular group of plant compounds. Each will describe the historical background and current, most useful methods of analysis. The volumes include detailed discussions of the protocols and suitability of each technique. Case treatments, diagrams, chemical structures, reference data, and properties will be featured along with a full list of references to the specialist literature.
Conceived as a practical companion to The Biochemistry of Plants, edited by P.K. Stumpf and E.E. Conn, no plant biochemical laboratory can afford to be without this comprehensive and up-to-date reference source.
Key Features
* Each volume in the series deals with the analysis of a group of plant compounds
* Contains authoritative and detailed practical instructions and recipes for analytical techniques

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
R1,569 Discovery Miles 15 690 Within 7 - 11 working days

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

The The Biochemistry of Plants, Volume 14 - The Biochemistry of Plants Carbohydrates: Volume 14 (Hardcover): Walter E Stumpf,... The The Biochemistry of Plants, Volume 14 - The Biochemistry of Plants Carbohydrates: Volume 14 (Hardcover)
Walter E Stumpf, Saurabh Jha, P.Michael Conn; Volume editing by Jack Preiss
R2,003 Discovery Miles 20 030 Within 7 - 11 working days

The Biochemistry of Plants, Volume 14: Carbohydrates provides information pertinent to the fundamental aspects of plant biochemistry. This book deals with the function and structure of the plant cell wall by describing the physical and chemical properties of cell wall components. Organized into 11 chapters, this volume begins with an overview of hexose phosphate metabolism in nonphotosynthetic tissues. This text then examines the findings in fructan structures, conformations, and linkages, the enzymes involved in fructan synthesis and degradation, and their cellular regulation, location, and metabolic role in plants. Other chapters consider the methods employing enzymes to determine starch structure. This book discusses as well the different biosynthetic modes of plant cell walls. The final chapter deals with the various environmental factors that influence expression of the ?-amylase gene, suggesting how molecular biology may help in understanding carbohydrate biochemistry and the enzymes involved in carbohydrate synthesis and metabolism. This book is a valuable resource for plant biochemists.

Intermediary Nitrogen Metabolism, Volume 16 (Hardcover, New): P.Michael Conn, Saurabh Jha, Walter E Stumpf Intermediary Nitrogen Metabolism, Volume 16 (Hardcover, New)
P.Michael Conn, Saurabh Jha, Walter E Stumpf; Volume editing by B.J. Miflin, Peter J. Lea
R1,985 Discovery Miles 19 850 Within 7 - 11 working days

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.

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

Biotic Indicators for Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture (Hardcover): W. Buchs Biotic Indicators for Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture (Hardcover)
W. Buchs
R4,934 Discovery Miles 49 340 Special order

This volume highlights aspects and approaches to questions on the development and findings of biotic indicator (systems), considering the complex problems of conversion into practice. Biotic indication in relation to sustainable land use and biodiversity is discussed from many angles.


Covered in this volume are the following topics:



  • Political requirements and statements on biotic agri-environmental indicators;

  • Requirements regarding agri-environmental indicators from a scientific as well as an applied point of view;

  • Scientific reviews and critical discussions of "state of the art" knowledge regarding several kinds of agri-environmental indicators for biodiversity and/or sustainable agriculture;

  • Original experiments on certain aspects regarding indication of biodiversity in agroecosystems;

  • Practical experience with the application and suitability of agri-environmental indicators (as far as they are already established);

  • Conceptions and models to show the economic effects and possibilities of practical application of such indicators.

Perspectives for Agronomy, Volume 25 - Adopting Ecological Principles and Managing Resource Use (Hardcover): M.K. Vanittersum,... Perspectives for Agronomy, Volume 25 - Adopting Ecological Principles and Managing Resource Use (Hardcover)
M.K. Vanittersum, S.C. Vandegeijn
R5,217 Discovery Miles 52 170 Special order

During the 4th ESA-Congress, held in the Netherlands, 7-11 July 1996, a new perspective for agronomy emerged. Various contributions demonstrate the need for a new role of agronomy and its tools. In recent decades, agriculture has evolved from an activity with mainly productivity aims, into an issue conciliating environmental, agricultural, and economic and social objectives. Placing agriculture in such a broadened perspective requires a different agronomy, with new tools and approaches at a range of aggregration levels. It calls for detailed knowledge concerning the functioning, productivity and ecological relationships of agricultural plants and crops. In addition, it calls for a constant update and synthesis of existing and newly generated knowledge, the design of new ideotypes and genotypes, new production technologies, cropping systems, farming systems and agro-ecological land use systems.

This proceedings book presents a set of case studies illustrating the various agronomic tools that can be used for specific agronomic questions. The case studies are grouped in sections illustrating relevant subquestions in developing an agriculture with broadened objectives. The book starts with an introductory paper on the role of agronomy in research and education in Europe. The second section deals with agricultural land use, food security and environment. This is followed by a set of papers describing experimental research and modeling approaches used to design new ideotypes of crops, including physiological properties in relation to growth factors such as radiation, CO2, temperature and water.

Sustained soil fertility directly links to nutrient cycling and soil organic matter. A selected set of papers addresses the improvements in resource use efficiency and as such their contribution towards economic, environmental and agricultural objectives. The final section addresses the design of integrated and ecological arable farming systems. It highlights the role of prototyping interaction with leading-edge farmers, as promising tools to design, implement and test new farming systems.

It is hoped that the activities of the European Society for Agronomy and the "Proceedings" of its 4th Congress will stimulate to serve the new perspectives of agronomy, i.e. to adopt ecological principles, to optimally manage the use of resources and to meet social and economic objectives.

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