Production Practices and Quality Assessment of Food Crops

Author: Ramdane Dris
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781402025365
Release Date: 2007-05-08
Genre: Science

Plants require nutrients in order to grow, develop and complete their life cycle. Mineral fertilizers, and hence the fertilizer industry, constitute one of the most imp- tant keys to the world food supplies. There is growing concern about the safety and quality of food. Carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, which, together with nitrogen, form the structural matter in plants, are freely available from air and water. Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, on the other hand, may not be present in quantities or forms sufficient to support plant growth. In this case, the absence of these nut- ents constitutes a limiting factor. The supply of nutrients to the plants should be balanced in order to maximise the efficiency of the individual nutrients so that these meet the needs of the particular crop and soil type. For example, it should be noted that EU-wide regulations are not designed to govern the specific details of mineral fertilizer use. Although plants receive a natural supply of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium from organic matter and soil minerals, this is not usually sufficient to satisfy the demands of crop plants. The supply of nutrients must therefore be supplemented with fertilizers, both to meet the requirements of crops during periods of plant growth and to replenish soil reserves after the crop has been harvested. Pesticides are important in modern farming and will remain indispensable for the foreseeable future.

Advances in Citrus Nutrition

Author: Anoop Kumar Srivastava
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9789400741713
Release Date: 2012-05-30
Genre: Science

This is a solitary attempt to streamline all the possible information related to citrus nutrition, with emphasis on diagnosis and management of nutrient constraints, employing a variety of state-of-art techniques evolved globally over the years . While doing so care has been taken to include peripheral disciplines so that the discussion becomes more lively and authoritative. An entire array of exclusive subjects has been nicely portrayed with the help of latest data and photographs.

Arthropod Management in Vineyards

Author: Noubar J. Bostanian
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9789400740327
Release Date: 2012-06-26
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Provides a state-of-the-science overview of arthropods affecting grape production around the world. Vineyard pest management is a dynamic and evolving field, and the contributed chapters provide insights into arthropods that limit this important crop and its products. Written by international experts from the major grape-growing regions, it provides a global overview of arthropods affecting vines and the novel strategies being used to prevent economic losses, including invasive pests affecting viticulture. The book contains reviews of the theoretical basis of integrated pest management, multiple chapters on biological control, current status of chemical control, as well as in-depth and well-illustrated reviews of the major arthropod pests affecting grape production and how they are being managed worldwide. This text will serve as a primary resource for applied entomologists, students, growers, and consultants with interests at the intersection of viticulture and applied entomology.

Advances In Plant Physiology Vol 13

Author: Hemantaranjan, A.
Publisher: Scientific Publishers
ISBN: 9789386347374
Release Date: 2012-10-04
Genre: Technology & Engineering

The plant physiology and plant molecular biology research group has evidently endorsed the new directions taken by the treatise to attract the pre-eminent scientists in plant biology/plant sciences. Certainly, the preparation of Volume 13 of the International Treatise Series on Advances in Plant Physiology has been done entirely due to commendable contributions from Scientists of Eminence in unequivocal fields. Unquestionably, our objective is to publish innovative science of value across the broad disciplinary range of the treatise. I restate that this plan has been undertaken with a view to strengthen the indistinguishable efforts to recognize the outcome of meticulous research in some of the very sensible and stirring areas of Plant Physiology-Plant Molecular Physiology/ Biology-Plant Biochemistry for holistic development of the science of agriculture and crop production under changing climate. I am ardent to keep on the exceptionality and the prologue of excellent new ideas ensuring that the treatise calls to the best science done across the full extent of modern plant biology, in general, and plant physiology, in particular. In Volume 13, with inventive applied research, attempts have been made to bring together much needed eighteen review articles by forty-eight contributors especially from premier institutions of India for this volume. All the eighteen review articles have been grouped in five broad sections, which on the whole highlight the necessity to find out evidence from the fields of plant nutriophysiology (physiology of plant mineral nutrients) and abiotic stresses under changing climate along with their control.

Mineral Nutrition of Higher Plants

Author: Horst Marschner
Publisher: Gulf Professional Publishing
ISBN: 0124735436
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Science

An understanding of the mineral nutrition of plants is of fundamental importance in both basic and applied plant sciences. The Second Edition of this book retains the aim of the first in presenting the principles of mineral nutrition in the light of current advances. This volume retains the structure of the first edition, being divided into two parts: Nutritional Physiology and Soil-Plant Relationships. In Part I, more emphasis has been placed on root-shoot interactions, stress physiology, water relations, and functions of micronutrients. In view of the worldwide increasing interest in plant-soil interactions, Part II has been considerably altered and extended, particularly on the effects of external and interal factors on root growth and chapter 15 on the root-soil interface. The second edition will be invaluable to both advanced students and researchers. Key Features * Second Edition of this established text * Structure of the book remains the same * 50% of the reference and 50% of the figures and tables have been replaced * Whole of the text has been revised * Coverage of plant (soil interactions has been increased considerably)

Crop Management and Postharvest Handling of Horticultural Products

Author: Ramdane Dris
Publisher: Science Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 157808279X
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Technology & Engineering

"This volume in the series on crop management covers various aspects of quality loss of fruits and vegetables and the different treatments to be assessed to curb this wastage. For the most part, the chapters deal with interactions between pre- or postharvest treatments and quality performance for a wide variety of food crops. This book provides information on the recent methods, techniques or treatments which are more meaningful to scientists and other readers as also the techniques of their application. The book highlights the achievements related to minimizing the quality loss by providing information on control of diseases or disorders during the growth and handling stages."

Quality Handling and Evaluation

Author: Ramdane Dris
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781402017001
Release Date: 2004-01-31
Genre: Business & Economics

This book covers various aspects of quality handling and assessment, including handling parameters, quality evaluation, CA and MAP storage conditions in a broad sense. It emphasises on developing better methods of monitoring quality and safety attributes of fresh produce as part of a quality assurance system and quality assessment and maintenance.

Plant Nutrition

Author: Ramdane Dris
Publisher: Science Pub Incorporated
ISBN: STANFORD:36105111970765
Release Date: 2002-01-01
Genre: Science

This book covers various aspects of plant nutrition and the influence of significant factors as well as those which are considered less important, in plant nutrition. The role of mineral nutrition in improving agricultural production, yield and quality amelioration have been highlighted. The book focuses on the growth, sustainable production, yield and quality which can be limited by suboptimal conditions such as soil salinity, water supply, fertilization problems.

Bioformulations for Sustainable Agriculture

Author: Naveen Kumar Arora
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9788132227793
Release Date: 2016-06-06
Genre: Technology & Engineering

More than a century has passed since the first bioformulations were introduced to the market. But there is still much to be done, explored and developed. Though bioformulations offer green alternatives and are important for sustainable agriculture, they make up only a small fraction of the total additions used to enhance crop yields or protect them from pests. There is a great need to develop bioformulations that can promote confidence among end users; accordingly, it is imperative that bioformulations to replace chemicals be reliable and overcome the shortcomings of the past. Bioformulations: for Sustainable Agriculture discusses all the issues related to the current limitations and future development of bioformulations. It examines in detail those bioformulations that include biofertilizers and biopesticides (also commonly known as bioinoculants), presenting a global picture of their development. Further chapters address diverse microbes that are already being or could be used as bioformulations. The book also discusses the techniques, tools and other additions required to establish bioformulations as trustworthy and global solutions. It assesses the types of bioformulations currently available on the market, while also considering the future roles of bioformulations, including the reclamation of marginal and polluted soils. Further, it discusses the current legislation and much-needed amendments. Overall the book provides a comprehensive outlook on the status quo of bioformulations and the future approaches needed to improve them and achieve sustainable agriculture and food security without sacrificing the quality of soils. This will be extremely important in offering chemical-free foods and a better future for generations to come.

Courses of Study

Author: Cornell University
ISBN: CORNELL:31924089539724
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Education