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A Textbook of Agronomy

B Chandrasekaran (Author) K Annadurai (Author) E Somasundaram (Author)
Synopsis The challenges before the Agricultural Scientists of our country today are much more complex than even before. The first issue and the cause of some major problems in the future ? the depletion of the ozone layer, threatens the inhabitants of Earth due to the advent of harmful ultraviolet radiation. The second issue ? global warming and the plight of Antarctica, involves the melting of polar ice caps threatening our coastal regions in the future. Forecast of increase in average temperatures, higher sea levels and changes in rainfall patterns will all have a negative impact on crop production, especially in the tropics. Food production has to be increased to 240 m.t. within the next five years. To achieve the massive target, very little scope and possibility exist in respect of horizontal expansion. Crop production and production technologies are of almost important for successful and economic cultivation of field crops. Under these circumstances, important and relevant informations are collected and compiled in a book form titled ``A Textbook of Agronomy``

The book is mainly intended for the agronomy courses of graduate students in the field of Agriculture, Horticulture, Home Science, Forestry and Agricultural Engineering. It is clear that young students are suffering from cultural shocks to shift from their environment. Semester system of education of B.Sc.(Ag.), B.Sc. (Horti.), B.Sc. (Home Science), B.Sc. (Forestry) and B.Tech. (Ag. Engg.), students are quite dynamic for which the students are to be helped for changeover. Though a large amount of information has been generated on various aspects of agronomy, they are scattered in literature. A compilation of the available information is the felt need of students, teachers and researchers in agronomy. This book makes an attempt to present the available information on various aspects of agronomy in a cogent and easily understandable manner.

This book has been prepared with a specific purpose of imparting complete comprehensive information about agronomy and it is hoped that the book will serve as a good text-cum reference source for those interested in agronomy.
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About the authors

B Chandrasekaran

Prof. (Dr.) B. Chandrasekaran is Director of Research, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore where he has served in various positions for a period of 28 years in the areas of research, teaching, extension, management and administration. His major fields of specialization are water management and integrated farming system practices. He is Pioneer in the establishment of Plant Clinic Centre at Tamirabarani river basin, large scale introduction of direct sown rice system in Union Territory of Pondicherry and large scale demonstration on farm mechanization with Ipomoea cutter, Paddy transplanter, Reaper and Combined harvester in Cauvery Delta Zone. He has taught Agronomy courses for the graduate and post-graduates and Doctoral scholars. He has published more than 150 research papers and 12 books. He is life member of eight professional societies. He is a recipient of various fellowships from Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Rome; International Rice Research Institute IRRI), Philippines; Asian Productivity Organization (APO), Japan; International Bibliography Institute (IBI), USA. He received `Bharathiar Award` for the publication of best Tamil book on Rice Production, Best Research paper award from Indian Society of Agronomy, New Delhi and `Best Agronomist Award` from Makkal Sakthi Iyakkam awarded by Cauvery Delta Zone farmers for his significant contributions for the rice farming. He served as Director, Tamil Nadu Rice Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Aduthurai during 2003-2006. He headed Soil and Water Management Research (SWMR) Institute, Thanjavur for five years and Plant Clinic Centre, Tirunelveli for three years.

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K Annadurai

Dr. K. Annadurai is an Associate Professor of Agronomy in Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute, Kumulur, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. His major field of specializations is soil fertility management, Organic farming and Irrigation agronomy. He is Teaching graduate students and has several Books and about 30 publications to his credit. He is an active member in many Scientific bodies like J. of Potassium Research (PRII, Haryana), Indian Society of Agronomy (New Delhi), Madras Agricultural Journal (Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu), Oryza (ARRW, Cuttack, Orissa) and Kisan World (Chennai, Tamil Nadu). He was awarded ``MASU-2000`` for the best books published in English (two awards) and a Silver Medal for the best article by SISSTA, India.

E Somasundaram

Dr. E. Somasundaram is an Associate Professor of Agronomy in Agricultural Research Station, Aliyarnagar, Tamil Nadu. He has been teaching graduate students at TNAU and published more than 30 research papers in National and International Journals. His major fields of specialization are soil fertility management and organic farming. He is an active member in many professional Societies like Indian Society of Agronomy, Madras Agricultural Journal etc.

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Bibliographic information

Title A Textbook of Agronomy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 81224274310, 9788122427431
length xx+835p., Illustrations; 25cm.