PRESS RELEASES 
PRESS RELEASES 
 
PRESS RELEASES 
12 September 2017 

Breakthrough in resistance to devastating cassava diseases 

 
This makes cassava a key food security crop for some of the world’s poorest farmers.” 
 
The challenges of improving cultivation of one of the world’s most important crops are addressed in these two new volumes. Achieving sustainable cultivation of cassava Volume 1: Cultivation techniques; and Volume 2 Genetics, breeding, pests and diseases
 
Both volumes are edited by Dr Clair Hershey, formerly Cassava Program Leader at the world-famous International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia. 
 
With a background in plant breeding, Dr Hershey has previously worked for leading institutions such as the FAO and the Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building (GIPB). 
 
This book will provide a thorough state of the art on cassava research”, said Professor Rodomiro Ortiz from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. 
 
The book benefits from bringing together professionals with a broad interdisciplinary expertise in cassava and a value-chain perspective in their writing. This book will be a welcome source of knowledge to facilitate the sustainable intensification of cassava farming globally.” 
 
HarvestPlus, one of the world’s leading initiatives tackling the scourge of malnutrition, has recently released over 90,000 cassava stems enriched with Vitamin A to Nigerian farmers. Such initiatives highlight just what an important crop cassava is. 
 
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Note for editors 
 
Copies of Achieving sustainable cultivation of cassava Volume 1 and 2 can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: Volume 1 £190/$240/€230; Volume 2 £140/$175/€170 from www.bdspublishing.com. 
 
 
For further comments, please contact Rob Burleigh on +44 (0)1223 839365 or email rob.burleigh@bdspublishing.com 
7 September 2017 

Global giant and industry council leading the way to healthier poultry meat 

 
Achieving this growth will be a huge task.” he continued. "In the face of problems such as the continuing threat of disease, the need to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture, higher welfare standards and rising feed costs, it will be a challenging time ahead.” 
 
These and other challenges faced by poultry producers around the world are addressed in two new publications: Achieving sustainable production of poultry meat Volume 2: Breeding and nutrition and its companion volume, Achieving sustainable production of poultry meat Volume 3: Health and welfare
 
The books are edited by one of the leading experts in poultry science, Professor Todd Applegate. He is Head of the Department of Poultry Science at the University of Georgia, USA. 
 
Professor Applegate is a former President of the Poultry Science Association (PSA). Amongst other honours, he is a recipient of the PSA’s Evonik Degussa Award for Achievement in Poultry Science and the American Feed Industry Association’s Poultry Nutrition Research Award 
 
“Increasing food production to address the nutritional needs of an expanding world population requires a combined effort from experts in genetics, nutrition, health, and welfare”, said Professor Rodomiro Ortiz from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. 
 
The well-known editor has assembled world leaders in these fields to communicate their detailed knowledge for the benefit of the research community.” 
 
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Copies of Achieving sustainable production of poultry meat Volume 2 and 3 can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: Volume 2 £150/$190/€180; Volume 3 £160/$200/€190 from www.bdspublishing.com. 
 
 
For further comments, please contact Rob Burleigh on +44 (0)1223 839365 or email rob.burleigh@bdspublishing.com 
24 August 2017 

Is Dairy scary? 

 
Efficient production of good quality milk depends on ensuring the health and wellbeing of dairy cattle”, said Francis Dodds, Editorial Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, who are publishing the new book. “This volume reviews the current state of our scientific understanding of the nutrition, health and welfare of cattle in the dairy herd.” 
 
The volume is edited by Dr John Webster, Emeritus Professor in Animal Husbandry at the University of Bristol, UK. 
 
Amongst his many achievements, Professor Webster was recently awarded an honorary degree by the Royal Veterinary College for his research in animal science, as well as the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Animal Welfare. 
 
He established the Animal Welfare and Behaviour Group at the University of Bristol, one of the largest and most highly-regarded of its kind in the world, and was a founder member of the Farm Animal Welfare Council which pioneered the Five Freedoms for farm animals. 
 
Understanding the dairy cow is a matter of heart and mind. It is essential to examine her scientifically as a complex and elegant machine for the production of milk, the nearest thing in nature to a complete food”, said Professor Webster. “We need at the outset, a proper understanding of cow behaviour and the motivations that govern behaviour.” 
 
The campaign for good health can never be entirely won. Problems arise from the appearance of new or re-emergent epidemics such as Foot and Mouth disease. But over time these do not begin to compare with the big three: infertility, mastitis and lameness.” 
 
There can be few people in the world better qualified to edit a new book about nutrition, health and welfare of dairy cattle than John Webster”, said Richard Dewhurst, Professor of Ruminant Nutrition and Production Systems, SRUC, Edinburgh, UK. 
 
These have been the passions of a long and distinguished academic career. He has assembled a strong team of authors to provide comprehensive coverage of key topics, as well as the wide range of dairy production systems across developed and developing countries.” 
 
Two companion volumes review research on the quality and safety of milk, genetics and sustainability. 
 
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Note for editors 
 
Copies of Achieving sustainable production of milk Volume 3 can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £240/$300/€290 from www.bdspublishing.com. 
 
 
For further comments, please contact Rob Burleigh on +44 (0)1223 839365 or email rob.burleigh@bdspublishing.com 
15 August 2017 

The lesser of two Weevils! 

 
The rice plant is an ideal host for many insect species.” said Francis Dodds, Editorial Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing who have published the new research. “There are over 800 insect species damaging rice in one way or another and this has to be addressed as global demand for rice increases.” 
 
Rice insect pests and their management discusses nearly 100 of the most important of these pests and includes over 150 photographs and images. It is written by some of the world’s leading experts in the subject: Professor Elvis Heinrichs, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, Dr Francis Nwilene, The Africa Rice Center, Nigeria; Professor Michael Stout, Louisiana State University, USA; Dr Buyung Hadi, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), The Philippines; and Dr Thais Freitas, Universidade Federale Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil 
 
The authors need to be congratulated to have pulled together such a large body of relevant information on rice pests and made it available to pest management professionals in the field as well as scientists in the laboratories in a very approachable and easy to use format” said Hans Herren, formerly Director General of the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), winner of The World Food Prize and numerous other awards. 
 
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Copies of Rice insect pests and their management can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £200/$250/€240 from www.bdspublishing.com. 
 
 
For further comments, please contact Rob Burleigh on +44 (0)1223 839365 or email rob.burleigh@bdspublishing.com 
8 August 2017 

Standing apart from the Chaff 

 
The two books cover all the key aspects of wheat cultivation from breeding to cultivation, pest and disease management. 
 
The demand for wheat in the developing world is estimated to increase by up to 60% by 2050”, said Francis Dodds, Editorial Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing who have published the new research. “But current rates of production are not adequate to meet this enormous demand.” 
 
In North Africa and Western Asia we know that wheat imports have grown dramatically. These are amongst the world’s most unstable regions, and food security and import dependency are major issues that have to be addressed.” 
 
The new volumes are edited by one of the leading experts in wheat science, Dr Peter Langridge, Emeritus Professor of Plant Science at the University of Adelaide and former CEO of the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFC). Professor Langridge is also Chair of the Scientific Board of the Wheat Initiative set up to coordinate international research in wheat. 
 
These books present a comprehensive coverage of issues facing wheat production globally.” said Dr Hans-Joachim Braun, Director Global Wheat Program and CRP Wheat, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Mexico. “The expert authors represent the top scientists involved in the diverse areas that are important for sustainable wheat production. These books provides an excellent resource for those interested in wheat improvement and production,” 
 
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Note for editors 
 
Copies of Achieving sustainable cultivation of wheat Vol.1 and 2 can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: Vol.1. £210/$265/€250; Vol2. £130/$165/€155 from www.bdspublishing.com. 
 
18 July 2017 

An apple a day keeps 8 million doctors away 

Eating more fruits like apples could save up to 8 million premature deaths each year including the reduction of heart attack, stroke, cancer and early death. 
 
This is the finding of new research, led by scientists from Imperial College London, which analysed 95 studies on fruit and vegetable intake and found that apples are particularly important in preventing heart disease. 
 
A new publication, Achieving sustainable cultivation of apples, discusses the latest research on growing this major crop more sustainably whilst maintaining the sensory and nutritional quality consumers expect. 
 
The apple is an iconic fruit recognized around the world and produced in over 100 countries”, says Francis Dodds, Editorial Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, publishers of the new book. 
 
We have been cultivating apples for thousands of years, but the last century has seen the biggest changes in our production systems”. 
 
Achieving sustainable cultivation of apples explains that dramatic improvement is due to an increase in breeding activity with new ranges of commercial varieties as well as more scientific and intensive cultivation including nutrient management, pruning operations and tree design for improving efficiency at harvest. 
 
These and other changes are addressed in the book which is edited by one of the leading experts in apple science, Dr Kate Evans, Professor of Horticulture at the Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center, Washington State University, USA 
 
No other publication has this international range of expertise. In linking physiology, breeding, husbandry, plant health, nutrition and sustainability, it promises to be a benchmark reference for crop and food scientists, practitioners and students. A signal achievement by any measure” said Emeritus Professor Silviero Sansavini from the University of Bologna, Italy, a leading expert in the field. 
 
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Copies of Achieving sustainable cultivation of apples can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £220/$275/€265 from www.bdspublishing.com. 
 
 
For further comments, please contact Rob Burleigh on +44 (0)1223 839365 or email rob.burleigh@bdspublishing.com 
13 July 2017 

Maize growth needs to hit 60% to match global demand 

A recent BBC news story has explained that scientific analysis of a cob of corn dating back 5,000 years shows how maize became one of our most popular cereals and that farming by early civilisations started a process of domestication that produced the sweet yellow corn we use today for food or fuel. 
 
Yet the challenge in 2017 for scientists and growers alike is that maize yields need to increase by an estimated 60% by 2050 to meet growing demand. How can this dramatic increase be achieved? 
 
 
Maize production is currently held back by factors such as: lack of available improved cultivars or failure to take up new improved varieties, inadequate crop management and storage, poor soil quality, the impact of pests and diseases, and more extreme weather related to climate change“, said Francis Dodds, Editorial Director of Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing who have published the new research. 
 
Research needs to focus on supporting more productive, sustainable and nutritionally-valuable maize cultivation, particularly for smallholders in the developing world if the demand is to be met”. 
 
The two volumes are edited Dr Dave Watson, Programme Manager for the CGIAR Research Program on Maize, the most important research project of its kind on maize. Dr Watson is based at the world-famous International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Mexico. 
 
This publication promises to be a path-breaking contribution to agricultural research and development” said Professor Mankombu (M. S.) Swaminathan, Recipient of the first World Food Prize in 1987 and listed by Time magazine as one of the 20 most influential Asian people of the twentieth century. 
 
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Copies of Achieving sustainable cultivation of maize Vol.1 and 2 can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: Vol.1. £150/$190/€180; Vol2. £190/$240/€230 from www.bdspublishing.com. 
 
 
For further comments, please contact Rob Burleigh on +44 (0)1223 839365 or email rob.burleigh@bdspublishing.com 
21 June 2017 

Global demand for rice addressed by experts in groundbreaking publication 

 
"The rice community therefore faces the challenge of increasing rice production in the face of a rising population, plateauing rice yields, pressures on land and other resources available for rice cultivation and an unstable, changing climate." 
 
This major new, two-volume collection titled Achieving sustainable cultivation of rice, Volume 1: Breeding for higher yield and quality and Volume 2: Cultivation techniques, pest and disease management is edited by one of the leading experts in rice science, Professor Takuji Sasaki of the Nodai Research Institute, Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan. 
 
Professor Sasaki is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Rice, and played a leading role in the international rice genome sequencing project. 
 
"Rice feeds half the world population." said global expert Professor Gurdev Khush from University of California-Davis, USA; formerly the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), winner of the Japan Prize, the World Food Prize and the Wolf Prize. 
 
"Production of rice must continue to increase at the rate of one percent a year to maintain food security. This will require varieties with higher yield potential and better management practices. This collection summarizes the latest technologies for genetic improvement of rice and for its management under diverse environments. It will serve as standard reference for rice scientists." he said. 
 
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Note for editors 
 
Copies of Achieving sustainable cultivation of rice Vol.1 and 2 can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: Vol.1. £140/$175/€170; Vol2. £150/$190/€180 from www.bdspublishing.com. 
 
 
For further comments, please contact Rob Burleigh on +44 (0)1223 839365 or email rob.burleigh@bdspublishing.com 
10 May 2017 

Milk across the world still has a ‘lot of bottle’ 

 
Today more than ever the world needs milk.” he said. 
 
This review of the latest research, which appears in a major new volume Achieving sustainable production of milk Volume 1: Milk composition, genetics and breeding is edited by Dr Nico van Belzen, Director-General of the prestigious International Dairy Federation (IDF), and covers such topics as the protein and bioactive components of milk and how they can best be exploited. 
 
As demand for dairy products continues to grow, and with sustainable nutrition and food security at the top of the global agenda, it is imperative that we develop and share the latest knowledge, practices and issues relating to sustainability of dairy chains.” said Dr Jeremy Hill, past President of the International Dairy Federation (IDF)/Chief Technology Officer, Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd. “With a veritable Who’s Who of dairy expertise and an expert editor in IDF Director General Nico Van Belzen, Achieving sustainable production of milk will go a long way to achieving this.” 
 
Copies of Achieving sustainable production of milk: Volume 1 can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing £150/$190/€180 from www.bdspublishing.com
 
 
For further comments, please contact Rob Burleigh on +44 (0)1223 839365 or email rob.burleigh@bdspublishing.com 
9 May 2017 

Are Eggs the new brain as well as brawn food? 

 
What this means is that consumption of eggs is as good for your brain as well as it is for your body.” 
 
Two new publications, Achieving sustainable production of eggs Volume 1: Safety and quality and Achieving sustainable production of eggs Volume 2: Animal welfare and sustainability, discuss the nutraceutical benefits of eggs as well as many other key issues in egg production. 
 
This publication will be a must-have reference resource for egg producers, poultry scientist, food scientists, government regulatory agencies, and students.” said Robert F. Wideman, Emeritus Professor, the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas, USA. “The proposed content is excellent with an outstanding and comprehensive compilation of current knowledge by the world’s foremost experts, on a topic that is highly relevant.” 
 
The two volumes are edited by Dr Julie Roberts, Associate Professor at the University of New England, Australia. Dr Roberts is internationally-renowned for her research on egg production. 
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Note for editors 
 
Copies of Achieving sustainable production of eggs: Volume 1 and Volume 2 can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing £180/$225/€215.00; £130/$165/€155.00 from www.bdspublishing.com. 
 
 
For further comments, please contact Rob Burleigh on +44 (0)1223 839365 or email rob.burleigh@bdspublishing.com