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Crop Science and Technology for Food Security Bioenergy and Sustainability

R.K. Behl (Editor) L. Bona (Editor) J. Pauk (Editor) W. Merback (Editor) A. Veha (Editor)

World over, agricultural research and development as well as education are important facets of ensuring enhanced productivity value addition, bio-energy sustainability and environmental security. Sustainable development would entail in its objectives that linkages between productivity sustainability profitability are harnessed to uplift rural economy and consumers satisfaction and human ecology. Moreover emerging scenario of agriculture research and market trends would necessitate all concerned to possess strong knowledge base coupled with good practical and management skills. 

Crop improvement programmes are no longer in the domain of traditional art of selecting elite lines from populations. Plant breeding and biotechnological tools are useful for creating novel genetic variation in field crops to enhance economic yield, produce quality, input use efficiency and tolerance to a biotic and biotic stresses etc. Precise assessment of genetic variability for potential traits using morphological, physiological biochemical and molecular indices should often precede actual crop improvement pursuits to enhance the efficiency of selection and to develop crop genotypes for the target ecological environments. 

Crop production under intensive cultivation without replacement of soil nutrients mined in large amounts led to negative nutrient balances in soils world over. Decrease in soil fertility and imbalanced nutrient supply are one of the important factors responsible for slower agricultural growth. In many regions of the world the use or mineral fertilizers is often limited because of economic reasons limiting improved plant production on marginal soils with nutrient deficiencies and/or high nutrient fixing capacities. Much remains to be done to ensure high production in low external input environments.

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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 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), has about 200 publications in international and national journals and 16 edited books, has 28 year’s teaching and research experience in plant breeding, has been awarded Bharat Ratna C Subhramaniyam Award for Outstanding 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), has been nominated as Vice President, International Council of Sustainable Agriculture (Canada), organized eight international Conference in India and abroad, has been associated with the development of plant material with specifically useful traits for stress tolerance and plant microbe interactions.

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Title Crop Science and Technology for Food Security Bioenergy and Sustainability
Format Hardcover
Date published: 15.09.2012
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Agrobios (India)
Language: English
isbn 9789381191002
length 501p.,