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Agricultural Sustainability


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Agricultural Sustainability: Progress and Prospects in Crop Research, covers different aspects of sustainability in a holistic manner and presents a wide range of subject areas by agricultural experts from across the world. The book offers different points of view including important topics in agrobiodiversity, biotechnology, marginal crops, industrial approaches, resource conservation, nutritional enhancement of crops and crop products, and explores economic and political issues.

Table of Contents

Foreword Preface Section 1: Agricultural biodiversity, organic farming and new crops 1. Functional Agrobiodiversity: The Key to Sustainability? 2. Organic Agriculture - Driving Innovations in Crop Research 3. Guar-an industrial crop from marginal farms Section 2: Effective management of resources (nutrients and water) and crop modelling 4. Nitrogen use as a component of sustainable crop systems 5. Potential of Management Practices and Amendments for Preventing Nutrient Deficiencies in Field Crops under Organic Cropping Systems 6. Effective management of scarce water resources in the North West India 7. Modelling for Agriculture Sustainability: A Review Section 3: Molecular, biotechnological and industrial approaches for enhancement of crop production and quality 8. Biotechnological approaches for increasing rice productivity and sustainability: Progress and future outlook 9. Biofortification of staple crops 10. Nutrient focused processing of rice 11. Virus Resistance Breeding in Cool Season Food Legumes: Integrating Traditional and Molecular Approaches Section 4: Expert advice on policy and developmental aspects 12. Talking agricultural sustainability issues - an interview with Dr Gurdev Khush 13. Economics and politics of Farm Subsidies in India 14. Public-Private Partnership and Policy Reforms for Effective Agricultural Research, Development and Training: A Viewpoint 15. Contract Farming

About the Author

Dr. Gurbir S. Bhullar is a farming systems expert at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland. He has first-hand experience and expertise in long-term farming systems research in relation to the contemporary challenges faced by the small holder farming communities, particularly in less-privileged parts of the world. His qualifications span across agricultural and environmental sciences, and the focus of his research includes agricultural ecology, climate change mitigation and participatory research for sustainability of rural livelihoods. He undertakes multi-disciplinary and transdisciplinary research approaches, contributing to policy-making for sustainable development.


"The book is highly topical given current concerns regarding food security, water security and climate change. The book provides the opportunity to develop a clear understanding of how agriculture needs to meet global food, fibre and energy demands whilst ensuring the maintenance of ecosystems and protection of biodiversity.[it] is a well-written, detailed, concise and informative book that I would recommend to students and colleagues."--Soil Use and Management, October 11, 2013 "Among specific topics are whether agrobiodiversity is the key to sustainability, the effective management of scarce water resources in northwestern India, biofortifying staple crops, integrating traditional and molecular approaches in breeding virus resistance into cool season food legumes, and lessons from personal experience regarding contract farming for producing and procuring mint."--Reference and Research Book News, August 2013

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