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Introduction to Agroecology
Case for Fundamental Change in Agriculture
Agroecology and the Agroecosystem Concept

Plants and Abiotic Factors of the Environment
The Plant
Humidity and Rainfall
Water in the Soil

A More Complete Autecological Perspective
Biotic Factors
The Environmental Complex
Heterotrophic Organisms

System-Level Interactions
Population Ecology of Agroecosystems
Genetic Resources in Agroecosystems
Species Interactions in Crop Communities
Agroecosystem Diversity
Disturbance, Succession, and Agroecosystem Management
Animals in Agroecosystems
Energetics of Agroecosystems
Landscape Diversity

The Transition to Sustainability
Converting to Ecologically Based Management
Indicators of Sustainability

Bringing about a Sustainable World Food System
Agriculture, Society, and Agroecology
Community and Culture in the Remaking of the Food System
From Sustainable Agroecosystems to a Sustainable Food System


"Agroecology may be an unfamiliar concept to some, since our culture often treats agriculture and ecology as completely separate subjects, with common agricultural practices bearing no resemblance to the natural patterns that ecologists study. However, if one is not familiar with all of the factors that can affect food production, it can be hard to recognize adaptive responses to those factors. Fortunately, this textbook provides an excellent broad introduction to the subject. The book is well-written and contains many helpful figures and tables. Since the book is quite affordable, for a large volume from CRC Press, it is also ideal for individual reading by any ethnobotanist who could use a refresher course on the basics of ecology or sustainable agriculture."
-Wendy L. Applequist, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, in Economic Botany

Praise for the Second Edition:

"It is clear, insightful, well-illustrated and referenced, and the 21 chapters contain many useful case studies. It deserves to be in every library, and is a pleasure to read. This is a valuable manual, and vital for all concerned with learning and teaching in agricultural courses. It deserves to be widely used."
-Jules Pretty OBE, Experimental Agriculture, Vol. 43 (4),2007

"The author clearly is an authority in the field of agro-ecology and teaches on the subject. ... Agronomists and biologists, as well as general scholars and people interested by sustainability as an attitude or life style wi11learn about how to put principles into (cropping and whole food chain) practice. All in all: a good read!"
-Patrick Van Damme, University of Gent, Economic Botany, 63 (4),2009

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