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Crop Science and Land Use for Food and Bioenergy

R K Behl (Editor) Ors. (Editor)
Synopsis Crop productivity is predominantly determined by the crop genotype, production environment, and their interaction, Several plant processes are involved in making crop yield and end use quality of agricultural produce. Therefore, knowledge of process control and rate limiting traits and genes governingthem under optimum and stress environments is valuable in crop and/or crop genotypeselectionforvarious agro-ecological niches. In order to sustain food and bio-energy supplies it is important to improve the inherent potential of crops for increased use efficiency of natural and applied inputs, to increase stress tolerance, to harness plant microbe interactions, to use improved agro-technology and appropriate land use patterns for sustainable development. Moreover, the ultimate aim of sustainable agriculture is to enhance food production by maintaining the natural resource base.This should be achieved in accordance with the carrying capacity of the supporting agro-ecological systemsfor the ever increasing human and animal population all overthe world.

In many parts of the world arable lands, the depletion of the natural resource base has already become apparent, including soil degradation due to over mining of nutrients, imbalanced fertilization, and salinity due to excessive irrigation, water deficits and environmental pollution. Further, global warming, the uncertainty in rainfall; perpetual droughts and floods of varying intensities etc. affect crop production and land use.Additionally crop production on arable lands for bio-energy has to be balanced with food requirements which will call for judicious use of land resources. Increasing urbanization, the creation of special economic zones, government policies regarding land ownership, small holders' priorities and other socio-economicfactors would determine land use as well as crop diversification.

This book covers a wide range of topics like crop sciences and crop improvement, plant microbe interactions, resource management, bio-energy, sustainable development and socio economic aspects of land use and other natural resources that can compliment the objectives of sustainable land use.
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About the author

R K Behl

Dr. R. K. Behl, serving as Professor of Plant Breeding at CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, India, secured first position in B.Sc Agriculture and M.Sc Plant Breeding, has been editor in chief of Annals of Biology for more than two decades, Associate Editor of Annals of Agri Bio Research, editorial board member of Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science (Germany), International Advisory Board Member of Tropics (Japan), Associate Editor, Cereal Research Communication (Hungary), J Associate Editor, South Pacific Journal of Natural Science (Fiji), Sr. Editor, Journal of Basic Microbiology, (Germany), has about 200 publications in international and national journals and 20 edited books, has 31 years teaching and research experience in plant breeding, has been awarded Bharat Ratna C Subhramaniyam award for Out Standing Teachers by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, honorary DAAD Advisor by German Academic Exchange Service, Bonn, Germany, has been founder Secretary of Society for Sustainable Agriculture and Resource management (SSARM), India and International Foundation for Sustainable Development in Africa and Asia (IFSDAA), Germany, participated and organized several international conferences in India and abroad, has been associated with the development of plant material with specifically useful traits for stress tolerance and plant microbe interactions in wheat.

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Bibliographic information

Title Crop Science and Land Use for Food and Bioenergy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 06.12.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Agrobios (India)
Language: English
isbn 819043098X, 9788190430982
length 476p., Illustrations; Maps; 25cm.