23rd January 2023
New Book Shines Light on the Integral Work of Pollinators Worldwide
Promoting pollination and pollinators in farming offers its readers the opportunity to improve their current understanding of the pollination process and their contribution to our global ecosystems.
This new book has been edited by Professor Emeritus Peter Kevan and Dr Susan Willis Chan of the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph, Canada.
“Now more than ever we need to sustainably manage pollination services to bolster global food and nutritional security,” says Professor Simon Potts, University of Reading, UK.
“This book brings together an internationally excellent team to synthesise state of the art knowledge on the threats to and mitigation responses for pollinators and pollination in agro-ecosystems,” he concludes.
Pollinators provide pollination services to over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops around the world. However, if pollinators continue to decline, there is a huge risk that these plant species and crops that they pollinate could decline, become less viable to cultivate or even become extinct themselves.
This new book highlights the major threats to pollinators, focussing on the factors responsible for this decline including disease and climate change. An international team of researchers from industry heavyweights Bayer and Corteva have also collaborated to produce an insightful chapter on improving ways of assessing the impact of pesticides on pollinators.
“Pollinators and the pollination services they provide are a vital component of sustainable global agriculture,” says Professor Jeff Ollerton, author of Pollinators & Pollination: Nature and Society and Visiting Professor of Biodiversity at the University of Northampton, UK.
“The editors have assembled a wonderful set of researchers to present the latest findings about the importance of pollinators, why many populations are declining and what can be done about it. It will be a useful resource for years to come,” he adds.
Arguably the most important chapters in the book feature in part three. In these chapters, researchers explore practical measures farmers, governments and conservation groups can implement to promote – and protect – our global pollinators.
“Our first book of 2023 is very timely given this important topic is not only frequently in the farming news but attracts general press coverage as well which highlights its global interest.,” says Rob Burleigh, Managing Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
“The world needs to start paying more attention to pollinators and, more importantly, the impact of their decline. I sincerely hope that with the publication of this new book, a brighter light is shone on the integral work of pollinator species around the world and, in turn, incites a response to better promote and protect these naturally impressive species,” he concludes.
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6th January 2023
New Book Offers Unique Perspective on Defects Affecting Poultry Meat
A new book – Improving poultry meat quality – offers a detailed account of the science behind the development of quality traits in poultry meat and how genetic and environmental factors can be optimised to prevent and/or overcome quality defects.
“The poultry industry is facing tremendous economic losses due to the growing problem of breast muscle myopathies and consequent poor meat quality,” says Professor Orna Halevy, The Hebrew State University of Jerusalem, Israel.
This new book offers a unique perspective on the quality defects associated with poultry muscle development which can have a major impact on a consumer’s choice to purchase one brand’s product over another.
“In this modern age, consumers are so much more aware of what’s acceptable when it comes to food quality. If a product isn’t up to their expectations, they’ll spend their money elsewhere,” says Francis Dodds, Editorial Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
“The challenge faced by poultry producers and processors is their need to balance these quality parameters with other requirements such as yield and animal welfare.”
A greater understanding of the individual quality attributes of poultry meat is provided in the book, with researchers collaborating to form a comprehensive section on the need for farmers and producers alike to understand what determines colour, texture and flavour development.
"Two of the world’s recognised experts in the field have edited an excellent book summarising recent research on the factors affecting the development of quality traits in poultry meat and their implications for breeding, husbandry and processing,” says Professor Peter Surai, Vitagene and Health Research Centre, UK.
“This book promises to be an important reference book both for poultry scientists and poultry producers, including geneticists, nutritionists and technologists working in major poultry companies worldwide,” he concludes.
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15th December 2022
Is This New Book a Milestone for the Swine Industry?
As a result of the severity of recent outbreaks, a greater research effort has been allocated to tackling the disease, with the most prominent action being the formulation of VACDIVA – an EU-funded global consortium who are developing three vaccine candidates for ASF.
However, with several vaccines still in the early stages of development and requiring regulatory approval, a greater research effort has been allocated to establishing alternative methods of disease control.
A new book, which has been earmarked as a “milestone for the swine industry going forwards*”, reviews the latest scientific research on developing preventative measures that reduce the risk of future disease outbreaks at the front and back end of production.
Optimising pig herd health and production highlights how farmers and producers across the globe can utilise elements such as feed management and housing to optimise pig health to increase protection against major production diseases, including ASF.
“You can’t ignore the devastation caused by ASF in recent years,” says Francis Dodds, Editorial Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
“As a publisher, there’s not a great amount we can do to combat this. However, what we can do is bring together the minds of some of the world’s best researchers in porcine health management to create an authoritative reference on how we can prevent the onset of endemic and emerging diseases in pigs,” he adds.
This new book offers a comprehensive outlook on how the health of pigs can be optimised throughout the life cycle, with chapters dedicated to exploring best practices for optimising the health of gilts and sows during pregnancy and parturition, the health of piglets during the weaning period, as well as the health of pigs during the growing and finishing stage.
“The emphasis on health rather than disease in this book is so important. An understanding of the underlying causes of poor health and disease is needed since a failure to understand these linkages will affect herd health and production,” says Dr Roy Kirkwood, Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide, Australia.
A more informed understanding of the relationship between poor health and the development of disease is what Professor Dominiek Maes, co-editor of this new book, is confident readers will receive by reading this new book.
“Outbreaks of diseases don’t just affect the animals, they also impact farmers and the other stakeholders across the pig production chain,” says Professor Maes of Ghent University, Belgium.
“Farmers and producers must understand the mechanisms of transmission of diseases affecting swine production, as well the treatment options available to control and/or prevent future outbreaks,” he concludes.
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*Quote extracted from an endorsement provided by Professor Satoshi Otake, DVM PhD, Swine Extension & Consulting, Inc., Japan for Optimising pig herd health and production.
7th December 2022
Could This Be The Most Important Book You'll Read This Year?
A new book – published by Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing – has collated the key research on soil carbon sequestration, the role it can play in combatting climate change and how it can be optimised.
Understanding and fostering soil carbon sequestration explores our understanding of the mechanisms of carbon sequestration in soils, the factors that can affect the process, how it can be measured and enhanced, as well as the socioeconomic, legal and policy issues needed to support best practice.
“This is a timely and important summary of the ‘state-of-the-art’ understanding of soil carbon cycling,” says Jennifer Dungait, Professor at the University of Exeter in the UK and Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Soil Science.
“The book has been led by an eminent editor with contributions from globally-respected leaders in the scientific fields of soil carbon, chemistry, biology and physics, monitoring and mapping across natural and managed rural and urban global ecosystems,” she adds.
One aspect of the value of soil carbon sequestration can be seen in the rapidly growing market in trading carbon through mechanisms such as carbon credits.
Carbon credits allow those successfully storing carbon, such as farmers, to put a financial value on their activities, with credits being traded to offset carbon emissions in other sectors.
“Farming is perhaps the only industry with the potential to become truly become carbon negative,” says Francis Dodds, Editorial Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
“Farming allows its stakeholders to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in the soil. In doing this, they can both offset their own carbon emissions generated during crop and livestock production and even offset emissions in other industries,” he adds.
This new book explores the potential for agriculture to become carbon negative and how this can be achieved.
Understanding and fostering soil carbon sequestration is the latest addition to Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing’s Agricultural Science Series which is home to over 120 titles in crop, livestock and forestry science.
“I’m confident that this book will support the development of additional sustainable management strategies which will in turn result in carbon-rich soils equipped with the means to help mitigate and adapt to climate change,” says Dr Cornelia Rumpel, editor of this new book.
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7th November 2022
Is Climate-Smart Coffee Production Possible?
A more ‘climate-smart’ approach to coffee production is required. UK-based publisher – Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing – has called upon a collection of international experts to collaborate on a new book Climate-smart production of coffee: Improving social and environmental sustainability.
The book explores the need for more sustainable coffee cultivation, as well as how it can be achieved.
“The global demand for coffee is set to skyrocket by 2050 and with more demand comes the need for more product which itself brings a whole host of issues,” says Francis Dodds, Editorial Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
“The sector needs to develop and establish more sustainable methods of production that can meet this growing demand whilst also ensuring that its carbon footprint remains as minimal as possible,” he adds.
One large area of concern across global crop production is the sector’s use of pesticides, fungicides and insecticides to control and mitigate pest and disease outbreaks. Coffee is extremely susceptible to a number of pests and diseases, such as soil-borne insect pests, nematodes and diseases such as coffee wilt and coffee leaf rust.
Discussions on establishing more sustainable crop protection methods feature in this new book, with a particular focus on the implementation of integrated pest and disease management programmes on coffee farms and plantations around the world.
Another important theme explored in the book is initiatives to secure more equitable returns for smallholder farmers and just how ‘fair’ these ‘fair trade’ programmes are in practice.
It’s been estimated that there are around 525 million smallholder farmers around the globe, with almost a quarter of these farmers dependent on coffee for their livelihoods. With up to 73% of coffee produced globally sourced from smallholder farms, the book highlights the need to establish an approach grounded on ethics and fairness.
“Global agricultural production would falter without the contribution of smallholder farmers,” says Rob Burleigh, Managing Director at Burleigh Dodds.
“Greater measures need to be put in place to ensure we protect the communities of smallholder farmers around the world. In doing this enables them to invest in emerging technologies and secure their future as a producer,” he concludes.
Climate-smart production of coffee: Improving social and environmental sustainability is the latest addition to Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing’s Agricultural Science Series which is home to over 120 titles in crop, livestock and forestry science.
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26th September 2022
'Go-to' manual reviews alternative approaches to tackling disease in poultry
Optimising poultry flock health considers the establishment of preventative measures to reduce the risk of disease in flocks, as well as the mechanisms of transmission for major diseases affecting the global poultry sector, including Avian influenza.
“This impressive collection of chapters from leading international experts has been put together with care and consideration,” says Professor Fiona Tomley of the Royal Veterinary College, UK.
“It moves seamlessly from current knowledge of the major classes of poultry infectious diseases, through discussions on advances in methods for monitoring and prevention of disease, to bespoke considerations of best practice across different stages/parts of commercial production systems,” concludes Professor Tomley.
The burden of disease continues to grow, with farmers across the world resorting to culling millions of livestock in an attempt to eliminate further spread of disease. Recent evidence of this includes outbreaks of the H5N1 strain of Avian influenza in poultry species and outbreaks of African swine fever in pigs.
To reduce the need for culling to a minimum, there is a greater need to develop preventative measures that can control these disease outbreaks, including health monitoring, vaccinations and improved biosecurity protocols.
“The publication of this book comes at a really crucial time,” says Francis Dodds, Editorial Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
“Avian influenza continues to spread throughout poultry species across the globe and I’m confident that poultry professionals from all corners of the world will find significant value in the book,” he adds.
The new publication builds on themes and research trends previously explored in Burleigh Dodds’ 2017 book, Achieving sustainable production of poultry meat – Volume 3: Health and welfare.
With a stronger focus on disease prevention, chapters in this new volume review how the health of different poultry breeds – including broilers, layers and breeders – can be optimised at the different stages of production.
“Achieving sustainable agriculture and making a positive impact on climate change and the UN Sustainability Goals requires a collaborative approach” says Rob Burleigh, Managing Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
“Bringing experts together in this publication creates an unrivalled resource, plus access to leading authorities in poultry disease prevention and health, provides a great platform to share the latest knowledge.”
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23rd September 2022
New book highlights the human health benefits of key fruits and vegetables
A new book has collated the key research on the human health benefits of horticultural produce, such as broccoli and cranberries, into one place.
Understanding and optimising the nutraceutical properties of fruit and vegetables highlights the emergence of a more sustainable, alternative method to preventing the onset of disease with less reliance on overburdened healthcare systems.
The book is the latest addition to the wealth of existing research that supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – in particular Goals 1, 2 and 3 which are focused on ending hunger, improving nutrition and achieving food security.
“This book could not have been published at a more opportune time,” says Francis Dodds, Editorial Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
“Millions of people around the globe are already severely undernourished and many more remain at risk as the population increases. Our new book showcases the benefits of consuming fruit and vegetables and the role of phytochemicals in the prevention of major diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease,” he adds.
Fruit and vegetables are a natural source of key vitamins and minerals required by the human body to function efficiently. Contributors to this new book take a considered approach to understanding the individual phytochemical compounds present in commonly consumed fruits and vegetables, their mechanisms of action, as well as their chemical structure.
The book has been edited by two world-renowned researchers: Dr Victor R. Preedy, Emeritus Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry at King’s College London, UK and Dr Vinood B. Patel, Reader in Clinical Biochemistry at the University of Westminster, UK.
Both Dr Preedy and Dr Patel are known worldwide for their contribution to topics related to human health, nutrition and disease.
The book is the latest addition to Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing’s Agricultural Science Series of over 110 publications.
“It’s great to see our Agricultural Science series expanding into important new areas,” says Rob Burleigh, Managing Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
“With over 4000 international experts contributing over 1700 research reviews, our content database provides a trusted and authoritative resource to empower those working in business, industry and academia to make agriculture more sustainable.”
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22nd August 2022
Collaboration between seed scientists needed to mitigate the effects of climate change on seed quality
A new book has collated the key research into one place and has incited collaboration between researchers across the continents.
Advances in seed science and technology for more sustainable crop production highlights how an informed understanding of seed biology can contribute to mitigating the effects of climate change on seed quality and agricultural production.
The book has been edited by two international figure heads: Dr Julia Buitink, who is the current Research Director of the Research Institute of Horticulture and Seeds (IRHS) at the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE) and Dr Olivier Leprince, Professor of Plant Physiology at L’Institut Agro Rennes Angers, France.
To achieve successful crop establishment, farmers and growers must have a considered understanding of seed biology and its consequent impact on seed quality, germination and seedling emergence. Without this knowledge, crop yields are at great risk of failing.
“This seed science book edited by two prominent scientists contains an excellent line up of proposed chapters by world experts,” says Dr Hiro Nonogaki, Associate Professor at Oregon State University, USA.
“Bridging fundamental biology and applied science is a particular strength of this book. It will be a great reference for both academic and industrial researchers, as well as many others involved in agriculture,” he concludes.
Key aspects of fundamental biology explored within the book include the use of population-based threshold models to quantify and improve seed quality, as well as how our understanding of the genetic and environmental factors can be optimised to influence seed longevity.
“This is a really exciting area to be working in at the moment,” says Francis Dodds, Editorial Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
“We really believe we have two of the most influential researchers in seed science at the helm of this book. Their combined experience in seed vigour, longevity and seed desiccation tolerance makes them the perfect candidates to edit a book on how an informed understanding of seed biology can contribute to ensuring successful crop establishment,” he adds.
Seed quality control and treatment is also covered comprehensively, with the latter part of the book dedicating chapters to exploring recent advances in testing seed health, as well as the techniques available to enhance seed defence mechanisms against pathogens.
The book is the latest addition to Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing’s Agricultural Science Series of over 110 publications.
“Achieving sustainable agriculture and making a positive impact on climate change and the UN Sustainability Goals requires a collaborative approach” says Rob Burleigh, Managing Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
“Bringing experts together in this publication creates an unrivalled resource, plus access to leading authorities in seed science, provides a great platform to share the latest knowledge.”
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11th July 2022
New book collates research on the recent advances in precision livestock farming
Utilising technology as a means of monitoring, managing and improving livestock health, welfare and behaviour is the latest emerging area of research which tackles the above challenges and one that is comprehensively explored in a new book.
Advances in precision livestock farming considers the recent developments in precision livestock technologies – spanning from wearable sensors to the use of thermal imaging techniques – and provides farmers, producers and advisers with the means necessary to optimise livestock production.
Precision farming technology and its adoption by farmers is growing rapidly across the globe, primarily because of its capabilities to continuously monitor livestock and identify the farmer of any changes in behaviour which may indicate the early onset of disease.
“The new technology offers exciting opportunities to help farmers remain competitive, whilst meeting the many requirements that society imposes on them,” says Professor Daniel Berckmans, editor of this new book.
Despite this, there remains a gap in communication between the key stakeholders across the agri-food supply chain, as referenced by Professor Berckmans.
“Development of suitable systems needs much more intensive collaboration between people from different scientific disciplines and technical fields,” he adds.
And this new book is an advocate of just that – international collaboration for the benefit of the planet. Over 30 researchers from around the globe, from industry to academia, from technicians to livestock health specialists, have joined forces to develop a standard reference in the field of precision farming technology.
A key element explored in the book is the use of automated systems for monitoring livestock fertility and pregnancy – an area of research which can sometimes be overlooked when mentioned alongside the capabilities of precision livestock technologies to monitor disease.
“I’m very pleased to see the expertise of the individuals who have been brought together for this project,” says Dr David Kelton, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Guelph, Canada.
“I fully expect that this publication will be highly sought and cited by farmers, advisors, researchers and students around the world. I look forward to seeing this important contribution to the body of knowledge on precision farming,” he adds.
Rob Burleigh, Managing Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, reinforces the need for collaboration to ensure that precision livestock farming reaches its fullest potential and contributes to a more sustainable future.
“Achieving sustainable agriculture and making a positive impact on climate change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals requires a collaborative approach,” he says.
“Bringing experts together in this unique way creates an unrivalled resource and a platform where researchers around the world can share their knowledge on the latest developments in precision livestock farming.”
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5th July 2022
New book reviews recent advances in plant phenotyping
Plant phenotyping for more sustainable crop production will provide researchers, plant breeders and academics with the knowledge required to optimize global food production and ensure the food security of millions.
The book has been edited by internationally-renowned researcher Professor Achim Walter of ETH Zurich, Switzerland and features contributions from over 30 international researchers working in the field of plant phenotyping.
Phenotyping within plant breeding has gained great momentum as it enables researchers to identify both desirable and undesirable plant traits. This knowledge can then be applied to improve current breeding programmes or to develop new plant varieties with improved performance and resilience in the face of a warming climate.
“Phenotyping is fundamental to crop improvement and has been undergoing a revolution thanks to new capabilities in imaging, computing and data analysis,” says Professor Peter Langridge of the University of Adelaide, Australia.
As referenced to in the book, selection based on phenotypic traits has been the basis for crop breeding and improvement for thousands of years. However, it wasn’t until the 1990s that phenotyping was adapted into a more holistic approach.
This change encouraged the development of new methods for high-throughput phenotyping which utilized technologies, such as computers, optical sensors and automation.
“The capabilities of plant phenotyping are what I find to be the most exciting element,” says Francis Dodds, Editorial Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
“We’ve demonstrated these capabilities in the book by including three case studies that detail the successful practical implementation of phenotyping techniques to analyse crop functionality, predict and model grain yield, as well as how to understand and improve crop responses to disease,” he adds.
Another crucial development explored in the book is the need for plant phenotyping to mirror similar advances in genetics and genomics if it isn’t to create a bottleneck in breeding.
The book is the latest addition to Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing’s Agricultural Science Series and takes a considered approach to the development of plant phenotyping as a research field, as well as the challenges which arise as a result.
“It’s great to see our Agricultural Science series expanding into important new areas ,” says Rob Burleigh, Managing Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
“With over 4000 international experts contributing over 1700 research reviews, our content database provides a trusted and authoritative resource to empower those working in business, industry and academia to make agriculture more sustainable.”
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23rd May 2022
New book reviews ways of reducing on-farm costs and energy-use
A new book published by award-winning publisher Burleigh Dodds Science, Energy-smart farming: Efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability, reviews how farmers can optimise their on-farm energy usage, whilst also reducing their individual environmental impact and on-farm costs.
“With heightened concerns around the sustainability of crop and livestock production, the agricultural sector must respond,” says Francis Dodds, Editorial Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
“One form of response is to develop and invest in alternative methods of farming that recoup the same results as conventional farming methods, but have a reduced environmental impact,” he adds.
This new book contains authoritative discussions on the development of alternative, renewable energy systems that can contribute to a reduction in on-farm energy use. Readers can engage with research that details the successful application of agrivoltaics and on-farm biomass technologies, as well as how best to assess and monitor the associated costs of these systems.
With suggestions that around 15% of global agricultural production on-farm costs are energy-related, initial chapters in the book disclose best practices for measuring and auditing on-farm energy use, as well as how on-farm production activities – such as irrigation and farm machinery operation – can be managed and optimised.
“The publication of this book is very timely as it is highly relevant for the pathway towards the fulfilment of the Goals of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Paris Agreement,” says Olivier Dubois of the Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment at the Food
and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
This is the latest addition to Burleigh Dodds Science’s Agricultural Science Series and one that contributes to the global knowledge on the important, yet often overlooked links between energy and food.
“Achieving sustainable agriculture and making a positive impact on climate change and the UN Sustainability Goals requires a collaborative approach,” says Rob Burleigh, Managing Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
“Bringing experts together in this publication creates an unrivalled resource, plus access to leading authorities in energy-smart farming provides a great platform to share the latest knowledge.”
6th May 2022
New book reviews integrated approach to tackling weeds
A new book published by award-winning publisher Burleigh Dodds Science, Advances in integrated weed management takes a deep dive into a more sustainable solution.
“Weed management is becoming increasingly problematic,” says Professor Stephen O. Duke of the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi, USA.
“New approaches to tackle the problems of herbicide-resistant weeds and the spread of invasive species is required and this new volume provides information and insights from a group of distinguished experts,” he adds.
An important aspect explored in the book is to better understand weed ecology. Weeds are important components of agroecosystems with both beneficial and negative effects. By optimising one and minimising the other, farmers can improve yields sustainably and also benefit both crops and the environment.
In addition, international experts have collaborated to explore the development and implementation of decision support systems, detection technologies, precision application technologies and mechanical weed control technologies.
“Farmers are the ones who can ultimately implement change from the ground up,” says Francis Dodds, Editorial Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
“Through providing real-life examples of the practical applications of integrated weed management programmes through case studies, we hope to show farmers the way forward,” he concludes.
This is the latest addition to Burleigh Dodds Science’s Agricultural Science Series and complements existing research published in their book Integrated weed management for sustainable agriculture.
“In each book, chapter authors review 100 to 200 journal articles on the latest research in integrated weed management and synthesises that into 20 or 30 pages,” explains Rob Burleigh, managing director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
“Scientists, researchers, farmers and academics don’t have the time to read and synthesise all the latest research – so we have done all the hard work. We can signpost straight to the most appropriate book chapter – it’s a really useful shortcut.”
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22nd March 2022
New book reviews integrated approach to offsetting crop losses
With growing concerns about the future of synthetic pesticides – due to problems of resistance, impact on the environment and biodiversity as well increasingly strict regulation– the agricultural sector must develop more sustainable, non-chemical methods of control.
A new book, featuring comprehensive insights from international experts in horticultural and pest science, collates current research on developing biological control methods as part of an integrated pest management (IPM) programme.
In recent years, biological control has rapidly emerged as a serious contender for reducing pest populations without harming the environment. Other methods to offset pesticide use include use of technologies such as decision support systems to monitor and forecast pest and disease outbreaks.
Improving integrated pest management in horticulture considers these alternative methods of control and how they can be incorporated into a successful IPM programme for use in a horticultural setting.
“Pests and diseases remain a significant threat to crop yields and quality worldwide. Establishing strong and effective IPM programmes could be key to solving the global food insecurity crisis,” says Francis Dodds, Editorial Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
“If you spend time on developing effective alternatives, the financial and environmental costs of synthetic pesticides reduce significantly, as does the environmental impact of global crop production,” he adds.
The book concludes with a section of international case studies showing where IPM strategies have been successfully implemented in practice for an array of horticultural crops (cucurbits, tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower) in differing environments, such as greenhouses and protected cultivation.
“The horticultural sector has demonstrated how integrated pest management (IPM) strategies can be successfully incorporated into commercial production systems,” says Professor Rosemary Collier of Warwick University, UK and editor of this new book.
“However, IPM strategies are generally crop-specific and at present, relatively few horticultural crops have dedicated IPM strategies which effectively address all pest, disease and weed threats,” adds Professor Collier.
Although great steps have been made, Professor Collier and the contributors to the book recognise that more must be done to encourage farmers to invest, adopt and trust in integrated pest management programmes.
“This is our third publication on IPM in three years. It complements our existing books on the current and future developments of IPM, as well as the implementation of IPM programmes in tree fruit production systems,” says Rob Burleigh, Managing Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
Emeritus Professor Nick Birch, formerly of The James Hutton Institute in the UK, says: “This new book is both timely and important. An internationally recognised team of experts provide not only the latest research, but also practical solutions for key pests affecting global vegetable production.
“I recommend this book to students and practitioners of integrated pest management in horticulture.”
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18th March 2022
Is milk worth it? New book reviews the nutritional value of milk
Recent years have seen the rapid emergence of plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy products. Whereas ten years ago, soya milk was the primary option, there’s now an influx of plant-based alternatives available to choose from, such as oat, almond, rice and coconut milk.
With reports suggesting that one in three Britons drink plant-based milk, less of the population are consuming cow’s milk. To offset this loss of custom, the dairy sector must emphasise the nutritional benefits of milk.
And this is exactly what Professor Thom Huppertz (Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands) and Professor Todor Vasiljevic (Victoria University, Australia) have achieved in their newly edited book Understanding and improving the functional and nutritional properties of milk.
As emphasised in this new book, milk and dairy products have existed as primary components in human diets around the world since the domestication of cattle over 10,000 years ago. Its continued appearance in the diets of millions can be attributed to the richness of nutrients available that supply the human body with the micronutrients necessary to support good bodily function, including calcium, potassium, magnesium, selenium and vitamins B5 and B12.
“In the Netherlands, milk and dairy products provide close to 60% of total dietary calcium, close to 40% of dietary vitamin B2 and B12, >30% of dietary retinol and phosphorus and >20% of dietary iodide, protein and zinc, while providing only 15% of total energy intake,” says Professor Thom Huppertz, Professor of Dairy Science and Technology at Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands, and co-editor of the book.
“In addition to its nutrient richness, the relative ease with which milk can be converted into a wide variety of safe and shelf-stable products with favoured sensory properties is an additional benefit. In recent years, milk and by-products of dairy production have been used as the basis for ingredient manufacture for application in a range of dairy and non-dairy food products, as well as non-food products in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries,” says Professor Todor Vasiljevic, Professor of Food Science at Victoria University, Australia and co-editor of the book.
Despite the nutritional benefits of milk, the editors and contributors to this new reference work recognise that the dairy sector faces monumental challenges, including the need to meet the increasing demand for food in the face of a rapidly growing population, whilst also reducing its own environmental impact and contribution of greenhouse gases.
“A sustainable food system should be equipped with the ability to provide healthy diets for the global population whilst not compromising the health of our planet,” says Francis Dodds, Editorial Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
“It’s essential that we limit the environmental impact of the dairy sector, whilst ensuring that human nutrition and health is as optimised as it can be,” adds Francis Dodds.
The book features contributions from over 40 experts in dairy science and includes dedicated chapters on the functional and nutritional properties of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and salts.
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10th March 2022
New book provides one stop shop for Conservation Agriculture
The new book, Advances in Conservation Agriculture, Volume 3: Adoption and Spread, provides farmers, researchers and academics with key information on practices around the world, reflecting differing local knowledge and techniques.
The area of arable land under CA has grown from two million hectares in 1970 to more than 205 million hectares in 102 countries by 2019. This growth has been driven largely by innovative farmers and machinery manufacturers, who have shared new approaches as they evolve.
“The more farmers that find CA can sustainably boost their incomes, the faster the pace will change,” says Amir Kassam, visiting professor at the University of Reading and editor of the book.
Another important aspect explored in the book is that formal research has been important in developing new and more effective techniques and management approaches. This research has focussed on crop performance, soil health, ecosystem services, global warming and farm incomes. “These validation studies have helped to boost the case for policy and institutional support of CA,” says Professor Kassam.
This is particularly important as the popularity of CA has so far spread largely without explicit supportive government policies. “It seems certain that the rate of adoption could be accelerated by targeted incentives like finance for machinery and management practices to boost soil health and enhance water resources, for example,” he adds.
Although international bodies like the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), have only invested relatively small resources in CA, they have played an important catalytic role. “The FAO has placed ca at the core of its vision for sustainable food and agriculture, particularly for smallholder farmers,” says Professor Kassam.
The book is the third volume in the CA collection and deals with the challenges and opportunities of such practices. It complements the previous two volumes on Systems and Science and Practice and Benefits.
“In each book, chapter authors review 100 to 200 journal articles on the latest CA research and synthesises that into 20 or 30 pages,” explains Rob Burleigh, managing director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
“Scientists, researchers, farmers and academics don’t have the time to read and synthesise all the latest research – so we have done all the hard work. We can signpost straight to the most appropriate book chapter – it’s a really useful shortcut.”
Qu Dongyu, director general of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says: “These volumes are a timely celebration of the most progressive change in farming practices over the past 60 years, which is gathering momentum around the world at an extraordinary pace.
“They will serve as an immensely valuable source of reference – and inspiration - for all those who are committed to putting the world’s food systems on a truly sustainable footing.”
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26th January 2022
Optimising pig gut function for complete animal performance
Of equal importance is the role optimising gut function plays in improving feed efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from swine production.
The book dedicates several chapters to the pig gut microbiome and reviews our current understanding of its development, the metabolic and microbiological services it can deliver, as well as the relationship between itself and the function of the pig gastrointestinal tract.
Whilst the book's initial chapters explore the potential of the pig gut microbiome, later chapters review the techniques implemented by farmers and producers to optimise gut function through the manipulation of gut microbiomes, including the use of prebiotics and exogenous enzymes.
It is not an uncommon principle to utilise diet to manipulate the pig gut microbiome as a means of improving and promoting gut health. Whilst much of the research is dedicated to the weaning stage, more recent research has explored the benefits of making nutritional interventions at the prenatal and early postnatal stages of growth.
This is the focus of an insightful chapter - The use of prebiotics to optimize gut function in pigs - by Dr Barbara U. Metzler-Zebeli (University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria) which features in this new book. Dr Metzler-Zebeli reviews the modes of action of prebiotics, as well as the effects of prebiotics on key gut functions.
"There is not a more opportune time to publish a book that explores the alternative ways of improving pig health," says Francis Dodds, Editorial Director at Burleigh Dodds Science. "The global pig industry is under immense pressure to improve feed efficiency as a means of reducing emissions, whilst also developing methods to prevent the onset of diseases. This new title highlights the importance of pig nutrition and the role the gut can play in tackling both of these challenges."
This new book will be a great addition to the existing knowledge base on optimising gut function to improve overall animal performance and productivity.
Copies of Understanding gut microbiomes as targets for improving pig gut health can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £150/$195/€180/C$255 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2021.0089
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3rd December 2021
The emergence of biocontrol and its role in achieving sustainable crop production
Because of this reliance on natural control measures, our ecosystems are much safer, as is our health. Biocontrol agents have been proven to pose no threat to human health, in contrast to that of pesticides which are known to cause both acute and chronic adverse effects in humans.
Although biocontrol has been utilised for over 100 years, it is only in recent years that the global agricultural sector has truly recognised its potential as a sustainable alternative to more conventional, yet harmful, crop protection products.
Identifying the emergence of biocontrol, award winning publisher Burleigh Dodds Science has released its latest book in its series on sustainable agriculture, Microbial bioprotectants for plant disease management.
Edited by two of the leading figures in the sector, Dr Jürgen Köhl, Wageningen University & Research and Dr Willem J. Ravensberg, Koppert Biological Systems in the Netherlands, this book is an authoritative reference on:
The development of microbial bioprotectants and their efficacy against plant diseases
The use of biological control agents
The future of bioprotectants in agriculture
As well as offering a comprehensive review of the recent developments in microbial bioprotectants, the book provides a focussed discussion on the availability and use of bacterial, fungal and viral bioprotectants and the issues that can arise with their development and use.
There is not a more opportune time to publish a book on this subject, as reinforced by the two editors of the book.
Dr Willem J. Ravensberg, Corporate Senior Regulatory and Governmental Affairs Manager at Koppert Biological systems in The Netherlands says:
"Farmers across the globe are in need of new, innovative tools that maintain and/or improve crop health and yield, whilst also having a reduced impact on the surrounding ecosystems. This new book on microbial bioprotectants is a wonderful knowledge base and a valuable source of information for researchers, product developers, academics, as well as those working in the biocontrol industry wishing to contribute to achieving more sustainable crop protection."
Dr Jürgen Köhl, Senior Scientist in Plant Pathology at Wageningen University and Research in The Netherlands says:
“Microbial bioprotectants play an increasing role in plant disease management in resilient and sustainable crop production systems. This book provides broad views of strongly experienced authors on the current state of the art of development and use of biological control of plant pathogens. The scientific reviews on biological control agents and their use is complemented by the essential information on legal aspects, markets and future demands. I feel that this wealth of updated scientific information will support scientists and industries and will encourage decision makers to develop and implement the safe plant protection systems needed in our crops.”
Copies of Microbial bioprotectants for plant disease management can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £150/$195/€180/C$255 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2021.0093
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3rd November 2021
Protecting global crop yields from disease
Achieving durable disease resistance in cereals is an authoritative volume detailing the latest research on how to tackle these challenges and is the latest book from award-winning Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing as part of their Agricultural Science series which focuses on sustainable practices. It brings together over 65 experts in cereal diseases under one roof and from the four corners of the globe.
Edited by world-renowned plant pathologist, Professor Richard Oliver, formerly Curtin University, Australia, this new title:
Provides an authoritative review of the key developments in achieving durable disease resistance in cereal crops
Comprehensive coverage of the major diseases that affect cereal crops (Fusarium head blight, Septoria tritici blotch, tan spot)
Assesses the key challenges in breeding durable disease-resistant cereals faced globally, with dedicated chapters to the regional strategies established by North America, North-west Europe, North Africa and West Asia
"Diseases remain a significant threat to all crops grown worldwide. However, with many cereals recognised as staple food crops for millions (mainly in part due to their nutritional value) achieving durable disease resistance in cereals is a fundamental step towards ensuring global food security through the elimination of disease risk," says Francis Dodds of Burleigh Dodds Science.
The book offers an authoritative review of the key advances in achieving durable disease resistance, from better understanding of pathogen biology/epidemiology and plant-pathogen interactions, to identifying sources of resistance and advances in techniques for breeding new varieties.
Copies of Achieving durable disease resistance in cereals can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £180/$235/€215/C$305 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2021.0092
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17th September 2021
Supporting sustainable livestock production
Published in award-winning Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing's latest title - Seaweed and microalgae as alternative sources of protein - research shows, for example, how microalgae can be effectively used as a supplement in broiler and laying hen diets.
"The livestock sector faces many challenges, including the need to meet rising demand whilst reducing its impact on the environment. A key component is more sustainable sources of feed that don’t compete with food production or contribute to deforestation," says Francis Dodds of Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
Chapters in Part 1 explore the different types of macroalgae and microalgae available for use as a supplement in livestock and human diets.
Chapters in Part 2 review the developments in microalgae and macroalgae cultivation and processing, the environmental impact of kelp farming and preservation, as well as the applications of microalgae and macroalgae in the cosmetic and food industries
Chapters in Part 3 detail the application of macroalgae and microalgae as a sustainable source of protein in the diets of ruminants, pigs, poultry and fish.
Seaweed and microalgae as alternative sources of protein has been edited by Professor Xin Gen Lei, Cornell University, USA and is the latest addition to Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing's Agricultural Science Series.
Copies of Seaweed and microalgae as alternative sources of protein can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £140/$180/€170/C$240 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2021.0091
19 July 2021
Milestone Achievement for Award-winning Publisher
With the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimating that the global population will reach 9 billion by 2050 and bring with it a 70% increase in the demand for food, agriculture faces one of its biggest challenges. At the same time, agriculture is responsible for up to 24% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and must produce more with less.
Drawing in an international range of expert authors, Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production summarises what we can do to make livestock production more sustainable and viable for the future. Key aspects in current efforts to mitigate GHG emissions are addressed, including the role of feed supplements in reducing emissions through modification of the rumen environment.
“From the publication of our very first title back in January 2017 on the sustainable production of poultry meat, we have worked tirelessly with over 4000 agricultural professionals in academia and industry from over 1500 different organisations to deliver one of the world’s best collections of new scientific research”, says Editorial Director, Francis Dodds.
The BDS agricultural science series features collections on crop, livestock and forestry science, covering key topics such as soil health, animal welfare, integrated pest management (IPM), vertical farming, as well as disease identification and management strategies and is also now available as an online database.
Rob Burleigh concludes, “We hope by providing access to this content through a variety of formats we will empower those working within the agricultural sector, from researchers and farmers, to agronomists and policy makers, to contribute to and tackle the challenge of making agriculture more sustainable.”
With an additional 30 titles already in the pipeline for 2022, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing's next milestone achievement shouldn't be too far away!
Visit the Burleigh Dodds website to find out more and browse the Agricultural Science Series.
Copies of Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £150/$195/€180/C$255 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2020.0077
06 July 2021
Ensuring safe development of new animal feed products
Published in Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing's latest title - Developing animal feed products - the research enhances our understanding of the techniques implemented to ensure feed safety and quality, as well as the key detection methods applied to identify hazardous materials in feed that may present a risk to both animals and humans.
"As with the development of any new product - especially consumable types - there are strict procedures that must be followed before entry into the market can be authorised. For animal feed products, product authentication can be achieved through a variety of different analytical techniques such as microscopy, vibrational spectroscopy, genomics and proteomics," says Francis Dodds of Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
"With feed requirements tightening as a result of greater knowledge on the impact of specific feed ingredients on livestock health, performance and welfare, more innovative techniques are required to ensure that any newly developed animal feed product fulfils all labelling obligations."
Chapters in Part 1 detail the development of animal feed products, primarily discussing the techniques used to identify new animal feed ingredients and additives, the techniques used to improve the nutritional value and digestibility of animal feed, as well as the analytical techniques relied upon to ensure feed quality and safety.
Chapters in Part 2 explore the efficacy of animal feed products, the contamination risks associated with animal feed development, the risk management systems and preventative measures that can be administered to reduce this risk, as well as the development of product dossiers for regulatory approval of new animal feed products.
Developing animal feed products has been edited by Dr Navaratnam Partheeban, formerly Royal Agricultural University, UK and is the latest addition to Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing's Agricultural Science Series.
Copies of Developing animal feed products can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £150/$195/€180/C$255 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2021.0083
05 July 2021
New book measures the importance of soil health
"Soil health is absolutely critical to achieving successful, sustainable agriculture," says Francis Dodds of Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
"Our new title offers readers the ability to enhance their knowledge on not only the importance of maintaining and managing soil health, but also the current practices used by practitioners to measure the biological, physical and chemical properties of their soils, which allow them to pinpoint key areas where soil health improvement is required."
Chapters in Part 1 detail the measuring approaches used to measure soil biological activity, including the use of fauna, fungal and earthworm communities.
Chapters in Part 2 explore the array of techniques used to measure the physical and chemical properties of agricultural soils, detailing the advancements made towards assessing soil erodibility, soil function and specified soil characteristics, such as clay and organic matter content.
Chapters in Part 3 review the role and application of measurement techniques in the management of soil health, discussing the development of soil health indicators and decision support systems (DSS) for improved crop and soil management on farm.
Advances in measuring soil health has been edited by Professor Wilfred Otten, Cranfield University, UK and is the latest addition to Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing's Agricultural Science Series.
Copies of Advances in measuring soil health can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £180/$235/€215/C$305 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2020.0079
25 May 2021
Maximising the market potential of cereals
"With rising levels of consumer awareness surrounding the nutritional value of certain foods, concerns around the role of cereal-based products in the development of new health conditions, or the worsening of existing conditions has emerged. Primarily, these concerns lie within the interaction between nutritional components and the gut and whether the method in which they are processed inhibit the gut's function and overall human health," says Francis Dodds, of Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
With chapters in Part 1 dedicated to assessing the nutritional components of major cereal crops, chapters in Part 2 instead consider the development of nutritionally-enhanced cereal products as a means to improve market potential, as well as the methods used to achieve this.
Key research by Helena Pachón, of Food Fortification Initiative and Emory University, USA reviews current evidence of the impact of wheat flour fortification on human health. In addition to providing examples of health outcomes associated with wheat flour fortification, the chapter includes a comprehensive discussion on the countries that mandate wheat flour fortification and why they do so.
Improving the nutritional and nutraceutical properties of wheat and other cereals has been edited by Professor Trust Beta, University of Manitoba, Canada and is the latest addition to Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing's Agricultural Science Series.
Speaking on the new title's publication, Professor Trust Beta says,
"This book will be an excellent reference framework for academic researchers in cereal science, arable farmers, manufacturers/suppliers of cereal nutrition products, as well as government and private sector agencies supporting cereal production."
To discover more about the book, watch a short video where Professor Trust Beta discuss the book's contents, as well as a key chapter she believes to be of great importance.
Copies of Improving the nutritional and nutraceutical properties of wheat and other cereals can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £145/$190/€175/C$245 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2021.0087
23 April 2021
A Rapid Transformation for Plant Research
"Prior to the development of CRISPR/Cas systems, TALENs were the most widely used genome editing tools. Despite the monumental rise of CRISPR, TALENs remain worthy of consideration due to their unique targeting properties and the current intellectual property landscape," says Francis Dodds, of Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
The book offers a comprehensive review of the topic, with contributors exploring the development and use of double strand break (DSB) repair in genome editing, as well as advances in the generation of insertion-based genome edits, guide RNAs and base editing.
Genome editing for precision crop breeding is the latest collaboration between one of the leading experts in plant science and gene editing - Dr Matthew R. Willmann, formerly of Cornell University, USA - and award-winning publisher Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
The new book includes systematic reviews of advances in the key genome editing technologies and explores their use and practical application to cereal crops, such as barley, maize and sorghum, as well as Brassicas, tomatoes, other Solanaceae and woody perennial trees.
50+ internationally renowned experts in the field of genome editing, from both industry and academia, have contributed to this new volume of research.
Speaking on the book's publication, Francis Dodds says: "This will be a standard reference for university and other researchers involved in crop breeding, government and other agencies involved in regulating advances in crop breeding, as well as crop breeding companies and farmers."
Copies of Genome editing for precision crop breeding can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £150/$195/€180/C$255 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2020.0082
20 January 2021
The root of agriculture's future?
Building on such research, award-winning publisher Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing have collaborated with world-renowned soil and crop root scientist - Emeritus Professor Peter Gregory - alongside 50+ international experts to publish a new volume of research on plant roots.
Understanding and improving crop root function features authoritative reviews of current research in all aspects of root science, including root growth regulators, root anatomy, nutrient acquisition and root system architecture.
The volume discusses the responses of plant roots to abiotic and biotic stresses and how understanding nutrient uptake can be exploited to optimise root function.
The publication of this new volume of research emphasises the need for continued research in this important area of study so that it can continue to contribute to more sustainable, 'climate-smart' crop production.
"This book brings together the foremost scientists in plant root research and promises to be a unique one-stop reference for the latest in root research. The chapters and topics are timely and important in exploiting our understanding of plant roots to help solve the resource challenges facing agriculture." Professor Michelle Watt, University of Bonn, Germany; Director - Institute of Bio and Geosciences 2 (IBG-2), Germany; President of the International Society of Root Research
Dr Peter Gregory is Emeritus Professor of Global Food Security at the University of Reading, UK, where he was previously Professor of Soil Science.
Amongst many distinctions, Professor Gregory is a former President of the International Society of Root Research (ISRR) as well as former Chief Executive of the Scottish Crop Research Institute (now part of the James Hutton Institute) and East Malling Research (now NIAB-EMR).
Copies of Understanding and improving crop root function can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £180/$235/€215/C$305 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2020.0075
14 December 2020
Can genetics save the banana?
A new volume of research published by award-winning Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing reviews the need to broaden the genetic base currently available for commercial cultivation to help address these challenges.
The publication also reviews developments in conventional and molecular breeding techniques for breeding new varieties of banana, as well as improving traits in Cavendish such as fertility and resistance.
This new volume will help those working in the banana industry make the sector more sustainable and complements Burleigh Dodds' previous book which focusses on cultivation techniques.
"The editors have assembled a team of leading researchers in banana germplasm and genetic improvement with many years of expertise. This comprehensive compilation takes into account the important and diverse factors affecting long-term banana production sustainability. It will be an important resource for the research community but will be of value to producers and consumers as well." Dr Brian Irish, USDA-ARS PGITRU, USA
Dr Gert H. J. Kema is Professor of Tropical Plant Pathology at the Laboratory for Phytopathology of Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands. He leads several international banana research programs, including interdisciplinary research projects and public-private-partnerships focusing on Panama disease and black Sigatoka.
Dr André Drenth is Professor in Tropical Plant Pathology and Theme Leader for crop protection in the Centre for Horticultural Science at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), at the University of Queensland.
Copies of Achieving sustainable cultivation of bananas - Volume 2: Germplasm and genetic improvement can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £170/$220/€205/C$290 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2020.0070
02 November 2020
Fighting the climate crisis with sustainable forest management
The book features expert insights on the economic, political and environmental contexts needed for SFM to operate successfully, including coverage of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Achieving sustainable management of tropical forests summarises and reviews the rich body of research on tropical forests and how this research can be utilised to make the sustainable management of tropical forests a standard implementable strategy for the future.
The book has been edited by Professor Jürgen Blaser and Patrick Hardcastle and features contributions from over 50 leading forestry experts.
"The editors have made a valuable contribution to the literature by documenting the experience of field-based practitioners on a subject that suffers from too much abstraction and theory. The future of tropical forests requires that the knowledge of the authors of this book is widely shared and applied by future generations of foresters. This book should be required reading for professional forestry graduates.” Dr Jeff Sayer, Professor of Tropical Forest Conservation, University of British Columbia, Canada
Dr Jürgen Blaser is Professor of International Forestry and Climate Change at Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland. Professor Blaser is a former Chair of the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) and former Senior Forestry Advisor at the World Bank.
Patrick Hardcastle is an internationally-respected Forestry Development Specialist with over 35 years’ experience of forestry development and management. Pat has worked with organisations such as the ITTO, World Bank and the FAO.
Copies of Achieving sustainable management of tropical forests can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £190/$245/€230/C$325 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2020.0074
07 October 2020
Caring for our chickens: The importance of welfare
Understanding the behaviour and improving the welfare of chickens offers a comprehensive summary on the wealth of recent research on understanding chicken behaviour and discusses how best to use this rich body of knowledge to optimise welfare management of broilers and layers.
The book features chapters dedicated to providing detailed coverage of the latest wearable, video and acoustic technologies used to monitor chicken welfare and behaviour, including radio frequency identification (RFID) and accelerators.
This exciting new volume of work is edited by world-renowned expert in chicken welfare, Professor Christine Nicol, Royal Veterinary College – University of London, UK.
"Christine Nicol is an international star in her own right and has assembled a highly impressive team. This book will be an excellent source of new knowledge and understanding for all those actively concerned with the principles, practicalities and ethics of food production from these sentient and fascinating animals.” Emeritus Professor John Webster, University of Bristol, UK
Dr Christine Nicol is Professor of Animal Welfare at the Royal Veterinary College - University of London, UK. She is internationally renowned for her research on poultry and equine welfare, for which she has received many awards, including from the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) and the International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE).
Copies of Understanding the behaviour and improving the welfare of chickens can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £170/$220/€205/C$290 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2020.0078
25 September 2020
The Critical Importance of Biodiversity
"During the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020, countries have worked to address many of the causes of biodiversity loss. However, those efforts have not been sufficient to meet most of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets established in 2010. Much greater ambition is needed." António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations
Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing - an award-winning publisher in Agricultural Science - have taken their own approach to promoting the importance of biodiversity through publishing their latest title, Reconciling agricultural production with biodiversity conservation.
It's been suggested that more intensive, monocultural agriculture is directly associated with a decline in diversity of habitat and plant species, which can lead to corresponding declines in diversity of insect, bird and mammal species.
Reconciling agricultural production with biodiversity conservation provides an authoritative review of current biodiversity conservation practices, including field margins, agroforestry systems, hedgerows and improved pasture and grassland management.
The collection additionally summarises the theoretical framework that underpins biodiversity conservation in agriculture, dedicating chapters to key developments in areas such as landscape approaches, mapping and modelling diversity, as well as ways of assessing the economic value of biodiversity conservation practices.
The new title is edited by Professor Paolo Bàrberi and Dr Anna-Camilla Moonen, Institute of Life Science – Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy.
Dr Paolo Bàrberi is Professor of Agronomy and Field Crops and Head of the Agroecology Group at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA). Professor Bàrberi is a founding member and Vice-President of Agroecology Europe and has written over 330 publications on topics in sustainable agriculture, agrobiodiversity and agroecology.
Dr Anna-Camilla Moonen is an Assistant Professor in Agronomy and Field Crops at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA). She is a member of the editorial board of Weed Research and her research focuses on agroecological co-design of sustainable cropping systems with a special interest in field margin management, the use of cover crops to manage weed communities, and functional agrobiodiversity in arable and horticultural cropping systems for integrated weed and pest management.
Copies of Reconciling agricultural production with biodiversity conservation can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £150/$195/€180/C$255 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2020.0071
28 August 2020
Offsetting postharvest losses of key cereals and grains
With growing interest in this worldwide challenge, Burleigh Dodds Science have published an authoritative review of the latest research on the causes of postharvest losses, as well as the development of storage technologies to offset this loss.
Advances in postharvest management of cereals and grains provides a comprehensive review of the key research on the detection and control of fungal contaminants.
This collection includes contributions by leading experts on the viability of different technologies implemented to control postharvest losses, such as fumigation, biopesticides, controlled atmospheres and control of fungal contamination.
This book will provide the foundations needed to tackle the challenge of postharvest losses of cereals and grains.
Emeritus Prof. Ronald T. Noyes, Oklahoma State University, USA says about the new title:
“Cutting world-wide food-grain spoilage by half can provide food stocks for over a billion malnourished people. This authoritative handbook, edited by leading international grain engineering scientist, Professor Dirk E. Maier, outlines and illustrates how to minimize/eliminate post-harvest spoilage losses. With contributions by leading international authorities, it highlights the causes and provides the needed science and technology to prevent postharvest spoilage losses. It will be a standard text for educating future post-harvest grain scientists and technicians and fills a critical information gap.”
Advances in postharvest management of cereals and grains is edited by Professor Dirk E. Maier.
Dr Dirk E. Maier is a Professor and Postharvest Engineer at Iowa State University, USA. Professor Maier is the Founding Director of the Consortium for Innovation in Post-Harvest Loss and Food Waste Reduction. He leads this global innovation partnership aimed at sustainably providing safe and nutritious food for a growing world population.
Copies of Advances in postharvest management of cereals and grains can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £150/$195/€180/C$255 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2020.0072
18 August 2020
The emergence of biostimulants
Despite experiencing increasing interest, the biostimulant sector still faces a number of challenges, including the lack of a universally recognised definition, as well as uncertainty around how they work.
In timely fashion, Burleigh Dodds Science have published the first comprehensive review of the key advances in biostimulant research.
Biostimulants for sustainable crop production covers the major groups of biostimulants, from humic substances and seaweed extracts to protein hydrolysates and plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR), as well as the practical application of biostimulants in areas such as enhancing nutrient use efficiency (NUE).
Professor Dimitrios Savvas, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece says about the new title:
“It is good news that a distinguished editor team led by Professor Youssef Rouphael is putting together Biostimulants for sustainable crop production. The interest in biostimulants is constantly increasing, making a book on this topic, written by a team of internationally-renowned scientists, timely and very welcome.”
Biostimulants for sustainable crop production is edited by Youssef Rouphael; Patrick du Jardin; Patrick Brown; Stefania De Pascale and Giuseppe Colla, with contributions from over 40 leading experts.
Youssef Rouphael is an Associate Professor at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy.
Patrick du Jardin is Professor of Plant Biology at Gembloux Agro-Biotech, University of Liège, Belgium and Director of the Botanic Garden of this institution.
Patrick Brown is Professor of Plant Nutrition at the University of California-Davis, USA.
Stefania De Pascale is Professor of Horticulture at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy.
Giuseppe Colla is Professor of Vegetable Production, Floriculture and Greenhouse Crop Management at the University of Tuscia, Italy.
Copies of Biostimulants for sustainable crop production can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £150/$195/€180/C$255 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2020.0068
12 August 2020
Striving for sustainability: Is breeding more important now than ever?
The sector faces key challenges, such as the need to produce more resilient breeds in the face of disease and increasing consumer concerns about bird health and welfare. Written by an international team of experts, Advances in poultry genetics and genomics is dedicated to reviewing the key developments in poultry breeding that have the potential to tackle these challenges.
This timely publication will be a standard reference for poultry scientists, companies involved in poultry breeding and government agencies supporting the poultry sector.
Professor David Burt, Director of UQ Genomics, University of Queensland, Australia says:
“This book represents the state of the art in poultry genetics and genomics, written by world experts in the field. This is a rapidly changing field, so it is timely to have a reference work for the poultry industry, poultry scientists and students, and government and other research organisations. Congratulations to everyone for a timely review on such an important subject.”
Advances in poultry genetics and genomics has a particular focus on improving functional traits needed for more resilient poultry breeds. The book also covers the key advances in genomic selection and their practical application in breeding improved breeds of layers and broilers, and looks ahead to the emerging trends such as the use of epigenetics and genome editing.
Copies of Advances in poultry genetics and genomics can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £190/$245/€230/C$325 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2020.0065
21 July 2020
OPTIMISING THE RUMEN FOR SUSTAINABILITY
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"An up-to-date reference text on the ruminal microbiota and its function is long overdue. The proposed volume will fill the gap admirably."
Emeritus Professor John Wallace, University of Aberdeen, UK
Reviews advances in understanding the role of different types of rumen microbiota such as archea, anaerobic fungi, viruses and the rumen wall microbial community
Covers both the way the rumen processes fibre and protein and factors affecting outputs such as energy, lipids and methane emissions
Comprehensive review of the range of nutritional strategies to optimise rumen function such as the role of pasture, silage, cereal feed, plant secondary compounds and probiotics
Dr Chris McSweeney - who has co-edited the new title - provides an introduction to the book and its contents in a short video.
The book is edited by Dr C. S. McSweeney and Professor R. I. Mackie.
Dr Chris McSweeney is Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO, Australia, and is internationally-renowned for his research in ruminant gut microbiology and its implications for nutrition and livestock emissions.
Dr Rod Mackie is Professor of Microbiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. Professor Mackie is a leading expert on microbial ecology in the ruminant gut and its impact on nutrition and health, as well as the use of bacteria in bioenergy applications.
Copies of Improving rumen function can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £190/$245/€230/C$325 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2020.0067
20 May 2020
TACKLING AGRICULTURE'S BIGGEST CHALLENGE
Whilst the sector contributes to climate change, it's similarly known that agriculture is greatly affected by climate change. As explained by the European Environment Agency, all crops require a certain quality of soil, water, sunlight and heat to grow to their maximum potential. With the increase of air temperatures, the traditional growing seasons of key crops have been affected. For example, the flowering and harvesting of cereal crops is occurring earlier in the season than originally projected.
Professor Mark Howden, Director - Climate Change Institute, Australian National University; Vice Chair - IPCC Working Group II, discusses the scale of the problem and the importance of the new title below:
"The challenges ahead for agriculture globally are substantial and growing: feeding an increasingly populous and hungrier world whilst managing increased risks from climate change, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and operating in ways that enhance ecosystem services. The highly experienced editor and authors of this book bring together a comprehensive coverage of these issues and their potential resolution."
The book is edited by Dr Delphine Deryng and is sectioned into three parts:
Part 1 The impacts of climate change on agriculture
Part 2 The contribution of agriculture to climate change
Part 3 Adaption and mitigation strategies in agriculture
Dr Deryng is a Climate Policy Analyst at the New Climate Institute based in Berlin, Germany since May 2020, focusing primarily on global climate actions in the agriculture and forestry sector. Dr. Deryng is also a Guest Researcher at the Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys) at Humboldt-University of Berlin.
Copies of Climate change and agriculture can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £150/$195/€180/C$255 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2020.0064
11 May 2020
BETTER DATA MANAGEMENT FOR AGRICULTURE
Improving data management and decision support systems in agriculture reviews and summarises the wealth of research on key challenges in developing better data management and decision support systems (DSS) for farmers and examples of how those systems are being deployed to optimise efficiency in crop and livestock production.
The book is edited by Dr Leisa Armstrong, who is Senior Lecturer in Computer Science and leader of the eAgriculture Research Group at Edith Cowan University, Australia. Dr Armstrong is President of the Australian Society of ICT in Agriculture as well as past President of the Asian Federation of Information Technologies in Agriculture (AFITA).
The new title is sectioned into two parts:
Part 1 General issues
Part 2 Case studies
Chapters in Part 1 review the general issues that underpin effective decision support systems (DSS), such as data access, standards, tagging and security.
Chapters in Part 2 are dedicated to reporting on recent case studies that discuss the practical application of data management and DSS in areas such as crop planting, nutrition and use of rotations, livestock feed and pasture management, as well as optimising supply chains for fresh produce.
Copies of Improving data management and decision support systems in agriculture can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £160/$210/€190/C$270 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2020.0069
1 May 2020
A DECORATIVE ADDITION TO THE BOOKSHELF
This important NEW book has been published by award winning Cambridge-based publisher, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited as part of their sustainable agriculture series.
The book is edited by Dr Michael Reid who is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Horticulture at the University of California-Davis, USA.
The book contains eleven chapters which cover recent research on how plants respond to abiotic stress, ways of exploiting genetic diversity to improve target traits, advances in conventional and marker-assisted breeding techniques, as well as their use to produce to produce abiotic stress-resistant varieties.
Professor Reid is also Leader for Technology and Innovation at the US Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture which seeks to support smallholder horticulture in the developing world. He has an international reputation for his work on understanding senescence in cut flowers and how this understanding can be used to maintain post-harvest quality.
Amongst his Awards are the Alex Laurie Award from the American Society for Horticultural Science and the Alan Armitage Award from the Speciality Cut Flower Growers Association.
Dr Lynn Hoffman, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, discusses the importance of the newly published title below.
"This long-awaited book is a must read for anyone interested in the science underpinning current and future practices in the cultivation and postharvest management of ornamentals… This informative book will certainly take its rightful place in the working collection of anyone interested in continuously expanding and deepening their existing knowledge on ornamentals."
Copies of Achieving sustainable cultivation of ornamental plants can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £150/$195/€180/C$255 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2020.0066
15 April 2020
PREVENTING A GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS
Never has there been a more important time to publish a comprehensive review of this topic and award winning publisher Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing tackles this task in this new book.
Preventing food losses and waste to achieve food security and sustainability provides a comprehensive review of the causes and prevention of food losses and waste at key steps in the supply chain, for different commodities and across particular regions.
Chapters review what is currently known about the causes and prevention of food losses and waste (FLW) at different stages in the supply chain, from cultivation, harvesting and storage, through processing and distribution to retail and consumer use. Chapters also discuss FLW for particular commodities, including, cereals and grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, roots and tubers, oilseeds and tubers, meat and dairy products, and fish and seafood products.
The book - consisting of 27 chapters - is divided into five sections:
Part 1: The problem of food losses and waste
Part 2: Causes of food losses and waste
Part 3: Food losses and waste in different commodities
Part 4: Reducing food losses and waste
Part 5: Regional case studies
Professor Elhadi M. Yahia, editor of the new title, discusses the importance of food security and waste on a global scale, taking into consideration the current climate. Read a snippet from his blog below, or alternatively, read the full blog here.
"Securing food for humanity has never been easy, and it is safe to say that it has never been accomplished. Mexico, one of the best countries for food production, reports that two people lose their lives every 24 hours from health conditions that have developed as a result of a lack of food."
Professor Elhadi M. Yahia is Professor and Senior Research Scientist at the Autonomous University of Querétaro, Mexico. He is also a Courtesy Professor at the University of Florida, USA. Prof. Yahia has published 20 books in 3 languages and more than 300 book chapters and articles on post-harvest handling of fresh produce.
He has worked at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) where he helped launch the Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction.
Copies of Preventing food losses and waste to achieve food security and sustainability can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £210/$275/€250/C$360 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2019.0053
7 April 2020
DEVELOPING ALTERNATIVE BIOPESTICIDES TO CONTROL INSECT PESTS
An important NEW book on the topic of biopesticides has been published by award winning Cambridge-based publisher, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited.
Biopesticides for sustainable agriculture reviews the wealth of research on identifying, developing, assessing and improving the growing range of biopesticides that can be used to control insects and other pests.
Chapters in the book:
Review research on developing new biopesticides
Summarise advances in different types of entomopathogenic biopesticides
Assess the use of semiochemicals such as pheromones and allelochemicals, peptide-based and other natural substance-based biopesticides
Dr Willem Ravensberg, Corporate Senior Regulatory and Government Affairs Manager at Koppert Biological Systems highlights the importance of the book's publication below:
"There is a strong need to review the latest advances in the science and application of biopesticides. With its excellent lineup of authors, this book will inform and inspire researchers, product developers, registration specialists and IPM experts in institutes as well as industry to develop innovative crop protection tools for the new agriculture that society needs."
Reviews key steps in biopesticide product development
Comprehensive coverage of the range of biopesticides, from microbial to natural substance-based biopesticides
Strong focus on pheromone and allelochemical semiochemicals as well as peptide-based biopesticides
Chapters written by internationally-renowned experts in the field
The book is edited by Professor Nick Birch and Professor Travis Glare.
Professor Nick Birch is a former Senior Research Entomologist at the internationally-renowned James Hutton Research Institute, UK. He has been involved in a range of EU and other international IPM research, is Visiting Professor at the University of Idaho (USA) and an Honorary Professor at the Natural Resources Institute – University of Greenwich (UK).
Professor Travis Glare is Professor of Applied Entomology and Director of the Bio-Protection Research Centre at Lincoln University, New Zealand. He has an international reputation and has published widely in the field of entomopathogenic microbes and use of biopesticides.
Copies of Biopesticides for sustainable agriculture can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £150/$195/€180/C$255 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2020.0073
10 March 2020
IMPROVING CROP NUTRITION FOR A MORE RESOURCE-EFFICIENT AGRICULTURE
Chapters review the current knowledge of nutrient cycles, crop nutrient processing, potential environmental effects and ways of optimising nutrient use efficiency (NUE).
Parts 1-3 summarise research on the primary macronutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
Part 4 discusses secondary macronutrients and micronutrients including: calcium, iron, zinc, boron, manganese and molybdenum as well as soil organic matter.
Part 5 reviews research on optimising fertiliser use. Chapters cover topics such as assessing nutrient availability and advances in integrated plant nutrient management.
Dr Terry L. Roberts, President - International Plant Nutrition Institute, USA highlights the importance of the book's publication below:
"Prof. Zed Rengel has assembled an impressive list of authors for his upcoming book Achieving sustainable crop nutrition. The content is wide-ranging, covering agronomic and environmental aspects of crop nutrients highlighting recent advances and solutions to sustainable crop management. This volume will be a valued reference for all those interested in understanding and working in nutrient management."
Focus on integrating research on nutrient cycling, crop nutrient processing and the environmental impact of fertiliser use to identify ways of improving nutrient use efficiency (NUE) in the use of particular fertilisers
Includes research on a range of secondary macronutrients and micronutrients including: calcium, magnesium, zinc, boron, manganese and molybdenum
Reviews a wide range of options for reducing/optimising current levels of fertiliser use
Francis Dodds, Editorial Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, who have published the new title, discusses how nutrient discrepancy in crops can be detrimental below:
"Zinc deficiency is one of the critical abiotic stress factors that often limits crop production, yield and quality worldwide. It is estimated that more than one third of the global arable lands is affected by zinc deficiency."
The book is edited by Professor Zed Rengel.
Dr Zed Rengel is Professor of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition at the University of Western Australia. An internationally-renowned expert on plant nutrition, Professor Rengel is co Editor-in-Chief of Crop and Pasture Science, Editor of the Journal of Plant Nutrition, Associate Editor of the Journal of Plant Physiology, as well as being on the editorial board of several other journals.
He has published 7 books and more than 400 articles, has held a number of Honorary and Visiting Professorships and been elected a Foreign Fellow of the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Copies of Achieving sustainable crop nutrition can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £210/$275/€250/C$360 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2019.0062
4 March 2020
BUILDING TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
An important NEW book has been published by award winning Cambridge-based publisher, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited.
Achieving sustainable urban agriculture reviews recent research on building urban and peri-urban agricultural networks, the use of technologies such as rooftop and vertical farming systems, as well as providing case studies of particular products from urban farming.
Chapters discuss ways of building urban agriculture, from planning and business models to building social networks to support local supply chains. Chapters also assess the challenges and improvements in irrigation, waste management, composting and pest management.
The book is presented in the following sections:
Part 1: Building urban agriculture networks
Part 2: Technologies for urban agriculture
Part 3: Case studies
Professor Johannes S.C. Wiskerke, editor of Achieving sustainable urban agriculture discusses the importance of the book's publication below:
"Achieving sustainable urban agriculture implies that a large variety of topics have to be addressed, given the multiple ways in which urban agriculture can contribute to sustainable urban development and taking into account the diversity in practices, organisational models and business strategies in urban agriculture. The inter- and multi-disciplinary character of urban agriculture research is reflected in the titles and contents of the chapters in this book and in the disciplinary backgrounds of the authors of these chapters."
Strong focus on infrastructural requirements for successful urban agriculture, such as public policy and planning frameworks, business models and social networks
Covers developments in key technologies such as rooftop and vertical farming, irrigation and waste management
Includes case studies of particular commodities, including horticultural produce, livestock and forestry
The book is edited by Professor Johannes S.C. Wiskerke.
Professor Wiskerke is a Professor of Rural Sociology at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He was founding Editor of the journal Urban Agriculture and Regional Food Systems.
He has coordinated a series of major EU projects on urban and peri-urban agriculture and food provisioning such as ‘FOODLINKS’, ‘PUREFOOD’ and ‘SUPURBFOOD’. Since 2017 he has been coordinator of the EU-funded project ROBUST, which focuses on urban-rural relations and synergies. He has written widely on these topics and other aspects of food provisioning and rural development.
Copies of Achieving sustainable urban agriculture can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £150/$195/€180/C$255 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2019.0063
3 March 2020
TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE WITH CARBON-NEGATIVE BIOENERGY
Chapters review advances in technology, applications and commercial development.
Part 1 discusses technologies such as biomass gasification, fast pyrolysis and torrefaction.
Part 2 assesses advances in production of biofuels from crops such as jatropha, oilseeds, Miscanthus, switchgrass and willow.
There is a need to develop next-generation bioenergy systems that exhibit net carbon capture - a mission that Dr Bruce E. Dale, University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University, USA emphasises below:
"It is increasingly obvious that we must not only reduce the carbon footprint of existing systems. We must also introduce and rapidly scale up new systems that remove and safely sequester, in the aggregate, gigatons of carbon per year from the atmosphere. Without large-scale carbon-negative systems, the relatively stable and benign climate that we have enjoyed over the past several millennia will be increasingly unstable and prone to extreme behaviors. Thus this is an incredibly important collection of chapters. The editors and authors are to be commended for providing such guidance and insights at a critical time in our collective stewardship of this, our unique and beautiful planetary home.”
Focus on net carbon capture bioenergy technologies which fully address the challenge of climate change
Focus on optimising use of co-products and non-food plant materials
Reviews of key technologies and products cover both principles and practical applications, including case studies
Francis Dodds, Editorial Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, who has published the new title discusses the importance of next-generation biofuels below:
"To achieve ambitious targets for global reductions in greenhouse has emissions, biomass crops should generate high yield from minimal input energy while minimising environmental impacts that could make crop production less sustainable."
The book is edited by Dr Chris Saffron.
Dr Chris Saffron is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Michigan State University, USA. He has published widely in the areas of biofuels, bioproducts, and bioenergy system analysis.
He has a growing patent portfolio that includes biomass fractionation, cellulose hydrolysis, catalytic fast pyrolysis, and electrocatalysis. His research and teaching programs are focussed on carbon efficient approaches that benefit from 'energy upgrading', which uses non-fossil electricity to enhance the conversion of biomass into biofuels and bioproducts.
Copies of Achieving carbon-negative energy from plant materials can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £150/$195/€180/C$255 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2019.0027
26 February 2020
STEPS TAKEN TO IMPROVE POSTHARVEST HANDLING OF HORTICULTURAL PRODUCE
Chapters summarise developments and improvements in preservation technologies such as cooling, controlled atmosphere storage, modified atmosphere and active packaging as well barrier coatings.
Chapters also cover current research on mechanisms of pathogen contamination of fresh produce, as well as improvements in sanitising regimes and disinfection techniques using heat, irradiation and plasma, ozone and natural antimicrobials.
Professor Leon A. Terry, Cranfield University, UK discusses the importance of the book's publication below:
"Much is talked about food loss and waste but little is being done given the scale of the problem. Through experts in the field, this book provides insights into the management practices and latest technologies available. A great effort and many congratulations."
Focuses on advances in preservation technologies such as advanced modelling of cooling patterns, dynamic controlled atmosphere and improving use of 1-MCP as an ethylene inhibitor
Reviews strengths and weaknesses of different disinfection techniques, such as the use of sanitisers, hot water or air, irradiation, plasma, ozone and natural antimicrobials
Covers developments in smart supply chain and distribution monitoring and management
Francis Dodds, Editorial Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, who has published the new title, discusses the importance of proper postharvest management of produce below:
"Fruit and vegetables are living organisms that continue to respire after harvest, deteriorating over time, in a process known as senescence. Although it is impossible to halt senescence, removing the field-heat, and reducing the temperature of the product at the time of harvest, has substantial effects on maintaining product integrity."
The book is edited by Professor Chris Watkins.
Professor Chris Watkins is Herman H. Cohn Professor of Horticulture and Associate Dean at Cornell University and Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension. An internationally-renowned expert on postharvest physiology, and a Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science. He is the current Chair of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) Division for Postharvest and Quality Assurance, and a member of the editorial board of the journal Postharvest Biology and Technology.
Copies of Advances in postharvest management of horticultural produce can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £150/$195/€180/C$255 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2019.0055
25 February 2020
IMPROVING THE SUSTAINABILITY OF BARLEY CULTIVATION
Chapters review advances in understanding barley physiology in such areas as plant growth, grain development and plant response to abiotic stress. Chapters also review current developments in exploiting genetic diversity and mapping the barley genome.
Dr Andrea Visioni, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Morocco, emphasises the importance of exploiting the genetic diversity of the barley genome and its role in tackling the issue of feeding a growing population below:
"Crop plant improvement for food security in the face of population growth and climate change remains a key challenge for breeders. Future crops need to be more resource-efficient and also able to adapt to their environment in a better way. The barley genome is large and complex but, at the same time, it offers a large reservoir of genes that can be exploited by breeders to develop new varieties with increased grain yield."
Strong focus on advances in understanding barley physiology which inform decisions about breeding and cultivation
Detailed coverage of molecular breeding techniques such as genome wide association studies (GWAS) and targeted induced lesions in genomes (TILLING)
Covers latest research on optimising barley for particular end uses such as malting, brewing and animal feed
Francis Dodds, Editorial Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, who has published the new title, discusses the associated health benefits of consuming barley as part of a balanced diet below:
"Whole grain barley has been widely recognised as a valuable source of a number of biologically active compounds with unique health benefits. The great number of bioactive nutrients make barley an ideal raw material for the development of functional foods."
The book is edited by Professor Glen Fox and Professor Chengdao Li.
Professor Glen Fox is the Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and Brewing Science at the University of California, USA. Previously, he was a Senior Fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia. He has many years experience working with barley breeding programmes, and malting and brewing industries in Australia and overseas.
Professor Chengdao Li is Director of the Western Barley Genetics Alliance, linking Murdoch University with the Department of Primary Industry and Regional Department. Professor Li is an internationally-renowned expert in barley breeding, having helped to develop new varieties such as Baudin which is widely seen as setting the benchmark in malting quality.
Copies of Achieving sustainable cultivation of barley can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £170/$220/€205/C$290 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2019.0060
18 February 2020
NEW TWO-VOLUME COLLECTION ON CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE
Two important NEW books on Conservation Agriculture, edited by Professor Amir Kassam, University of Reading, UK, have been published by award winning Cambridge-based publisher, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited.
Conservation Agriculture (CA) is a farming system that promotes continuous minimum soil disturbance, maintenance of a permanent soil cover and diversification of plant species. (FAO, 2020).
Advances in Conservation Agriculture Volume 1: Systems and Science summarises research on key components for successful Conservation Agriculture (CA).
Chapters review the latest research on ways of optimising no-till techniques to minimise soil disturbance in relation to seeding, weeding and other operations. Chapters also review ways to improve soil health in CA, including mulch cover, cover crops, rotations and intercropping.
Advances in Conservation Agriculture Volume 2: Practice and Benefits reviews ways of optimising Conservation Agricultural (CA) practices and their benefits.
Chapters summarise research on optimising soil management, crop nutrition and irrigation, as well as weed, insect pest and disease management. The book also reviews ways of optimising the environmental and social benefits of adopting CA practices.
Jules Petty, Professor of Environment and Society, University of Essex, says about the book:
"This is an important, timely and authoritative collection on the values of Conservation Agriculture worldwide. Great advances have been made in recent years over a range of approaches and systems to improve both the productivity of agricultural systems and their positive contributions to ecosystem services and natural capital."
Professor Amir Kassam is Visiting Professor at the University of Reading (UK) and Moderator of the FAO-hosted Global Platform for Conservation Agriculture Community of Practice (Global CA-CoP). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (UK) and has received an OBE from the British Government for services to tropical agriculture and to rural development.
Prof. Kassam is Chair of the International Conservation Agriculture Advisory Panel for Africa (ICAAP-Africa), Member of the European Conservation Agriculture Federation (ECAF) and Vice-Chair of the Conservation Agriculture Association for the UK (CA-UK).
Copies of Advances in Conservation Agriculture Volume 1: Systems and Science can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £150/$195/€180 from https://bdspublishing.com. DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2019.0048
Copies of Advances in Conservation Agriculture Volume 2: Practice and Benefits can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £150/$195/€180 from https://bdspublishing.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.19103/AS.2019.0049
2 January 2020
SUSTAINABLY MANAGING THE WORLD'S FORESTS
Chapters review advances in sustainable forest management techniques, including improvements in breeding, monitoring forest health, innovations in planting, stand management and regeneration, as well as reviewing ways of managing natural hazards, insect and fungal pests.
Chad Oliver, Pinchot Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, USA, says about the book:
"This book will make a useful contribution to the world’s knowledge and future research directions for sustainable forest management. Dr Stanturf has once again assembled an excellent, international group of scientists to compile an in-depth volume. The subjects to be covered and the experts chosen mean the book will long be used to understand the many building blocks of the sciences behind sustainable forest management."
The book consists of five sections:
Part 1 - Tree physiology
Part 2 - Forest ecosystem services and climate change
Part 3 - Breeding and management
Part 4 - Pests, diseases and other hazards
Part 5 - Developing forest products and services
The book is edited by Professor John Stanturf.
Dr John Stanturf is a former Senior Scientist at the Center for Forest Disturbance Science at the US Forest Service. He is Visiting Professor of Forestry at the Estonian University of Life Sciences.
Dr Stanturf received the Distinguished Service Award from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, an Honorary Doctorate from the Estonian University of Life Sciences, and the US Forest Service Chief's Honor Award for Distinguished Science for his contribution to forest restoration.
Copies of Achieving sustainable management of boreal and temperate forests can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £190/$245/€230 from www.bdspublishing.com.
16 December 2019
GUT MICROBIOTA BACTERIA CRUCIAL TO ELIMINATING PATHOGEN COLONISATION
Francis Dodds, Editorial Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, who has published the new title says the following about the book:
"A comprehensive understanding of how various factors shape the intestinal microbiota in poultry can help develop new dietary and managerial interventions to enhance bird growth, maximise feed utilisation efficiency, and lower enteric diseases caused by pathogens."
Chapters cover gastrointestinal diseases, the interaction between pathogens and the gut as well the impact of antibiotics. The final group of chapters discuss current research on the effectiveness of feed additives in optimising gut health, including probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, antimicrobials, essential oils and other botanicals as well as cereal grains.
Professor Richard Ducatelle, University of Ghent, Belgium, says about the book:
"The proposed content of this book is a timely and comprehensive compilation of current knowledge on a topic that is of considerable interest to poultry scientists worldwide. The internationally renowned contributors as well as the editor are a guarantee of the high standard of the content."
The book is presented in three sections:
Part 1 - Understanding the gastrointestinal tract
Part 2 - Factors that impact the gastrointestinal tract and different types of birds
Part 3 - Feed additives and gut health modulation
The book is edited by Professor Steven C. Ricke.
Dr. Steven C. Ricke is the Director of the Center for Food Safety at the University of Arkansas (UA) and is a faculty member of the Dept. of Food Science and Cellular and Molecular Graduate program.
He was honored as a Texas Agricultural Experiment Station Faculty Fellow in 2002 and the Division of Agriculture - UA John White Outstanding Research Award in 2012. He was named an AAFP Fellow in 2015, a PSA Fellow in 2017, an International for Food Protection Fellow and University of Wisconsin College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Distinguished Alumni in 2019.
Copies of Improving gut health in poultry can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £180/$235/€215 from www.bdspublishing.com.
16 December 2019
A MITEY PUBLICATION
Chapters explore advances in understanding species and landscape ecology on which IPM is founded, as well as advances in cultural, physical and biological methods of control. Chapters also discuss the latest research on classical, conservation and augmentative biological control.
The book is divided into five parts:
Part 1 - Ecological foundations of IPM
Part 2 - Cultural and physical methods in IPM
Part 3 - Biological methods in IPM
Part 4 - Chemical methods in IPM
Part 5 - Implementation
Professor Timothy D. Schowalter, Louisiana State University, USA, celebrates the book's publication and says,
"This book promises to be an invaluable reference for the IPM research community. The editors and authors represent an international pool of experts, as well as many pioneers, in this field. Their reflections on current status and future directions of IPM represent the best perspectives in this area."
The book is edited by Dr Marcos Kogan and Dr E. A. "Short" Heinrichs.
Dr Marcos Kogan is Emeritus Professor of Entomology and Director Emeritus of the Integrated Plant Protection Center at Oregon State University, USA. He is also Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Entomology at the University of Illinois. His numerous awards include Fellow of the Entomological Society of America as well the ESA’s Founder Memorial Award.
Dr E. A. "Short" Heinrichs is Emeritus Associate Director, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Emeritus Adjunct Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA. He is also Chair, Asia Rice Foundation USA (ARFUSA) and Secretary General, International Association for the Plant Protection Sciences (IAPPS).
Copies of Integrated management of insect pests: Current and future developments can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £210/$275/€250 from www.bdspublishing.com.
14 October 2019
A FLYAWAY SUCCESS
The book is sectioned into four parts:
Part 1 - Fruit diseases
Part 2 - Integrated fruit disease management
Part 3 - Insect pests of fruit
Part 4 - Integrated management of fruit insect pests
Francis Dodds, Editorial Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing who have published the new title says,
"Regular inspection of fruit crops for diseases is a vital part of integrated disease management. Combining this information with disease forecast models can play a significant role in producing perfect fruit with minimal use of fungicides."
The book is edited by Professor Xiangming Xu and Dr Michelle Fountain.
Professor Xiangming Xu is Head of the Department of Pest and Pathogen Ecology at the world-famous NIAB EMR (East Malling Research). Founded over 100 years ago, East Malling has long been a global pioneer in horticultural research. Professor Xu has a global reputation in plant disease epidemiology and management, especially fruit fungal diseases.
Dr Michelle Fountain is Deputy Head of the Department of Pest and Pathogen Ecology at the world-famous NIAB EMR (East Malling Research). Founded over 100 years ago, East Malling has long been a global pioneer in horticultural research. Dr Fountain is an internationally-known expert on insect pests and beneficial arthropods, and their management.
Copies of Integrated management of diseases and insect pests of tree fruit can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £210/$275/€250 from www.bdspublishing.com.
3 October 2019
GOING GREEN WITH OUR NEW PUBLICATION
Professor Leo Marcelis, co-editor of the new title, says,
"Consumers are getting more interested in the quality of their food, whilst society is increasingly demanding that plants are produced sustainably. This whole context sets demanding goals on production systems to sustainably produce crops with very high yield and quality on a limited land area. Greenhouse systems, when properly managed, improve the growing conditions of plants, in turn increasing yield and extending the growing season."
The book is presented in three sections:
Part 1 - Production systems
Part 2 - Crop management
Part 3 - System management
Dr Graeme Smith, Chairman ISHS Working Group - Hydroponics & Aquaponics, says about the book,
"This much anticipated publication, will be highly valued by the international protected cropping industry. The subjects explored reflect the modern face of sustainable horticultural production and the book is a key example of the necessary collaboration between the knowledge makers and the knowledge users. It will prove to be a highly beneficial reference for industry and a great example of the publisher’s aim of ‘delivering knowledge for the global scientific community."
The book is edited by Professor Leo Marcelis and Dr Ep Heuvelink.
Professor Marcelis is Head of the Horticulture and Product Physiology Group at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. The Group is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading university centres of expertise on greenhouse cultivation and vertical farming.
Dr Heuvelink is Associate Professor in the Horticulture and Product Physiology Group at Wageningen University and is well known for his work on crop physiology and modelling. Both have published widely on greenhouse cultivation.
Copies of Achieving sustainable greenhouse cultivation can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £170/$220/€205 from www.bdspublishing.com.
26 September 2019
NEW TITLE ON VEGETABLE CULTIVATION
"Sustainability involves meeting current needs without compromising the ability to meet future requirements. This collection summarises the wealth of research addressing these challenges and emphasises the need to use resources more efficiently to minimise environmental impact."
The book is divided into four parts:
Physiology and breeding
Pests and pathogens
Emeritus Professor Darryl Warncke, Michigan State University, USA says about the book,
"Achieving sustainable cultivation of vegetables brings together current research information and expertise of leading vegetable researchers in Europe and North America...This extensive publication will be an excellent resource for all interested in improving their understanding of sustainable vegetable production technology and practices."
The book is edited by Professor George Hochmuth.
Dr George Hochmuth is Emeritus Professor of Soil and Water Sciences at the University of Florida, USA. Professor Hochmuth is a Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science and has published widely on nutrition management and other aspects of fruit and vegetable cultivation. He is former Director of the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) at the University of Florida.
Copies of Achieving sustainable cultivation of vegetables can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £180/$235/€215 from www.bdspublishing.com.
5 September 2019
A STEP TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Francis Dodds, Editorial Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, who have published the new title says,
"A prerequisite to improving the sustainability of agriculture are reliable methods to identify and quantify types of environmental impact that can be used to establish priorities, set targets for improvement and monitor progress."
"The unique importance of agriculture in sustainable development is highlighted in continuous discussions from the first chapter, through to the last, making this title an essential read for all those concerned with understanding and mitigating the environmental impact of agriculture."
The book is divided into three sections. Chapters that feature in Part 1 review key issues in using LCA and modelling applied to farming systems. Chapters in Part 2 provide more details on the modelling of three particular impacts, namely freshwater, pesticides and social impacts. Part 3 is dedicated to detailing the options available for reducing the environmental impact and improving the performance of both crop and livestock farming.
The book is edited by Dr Bo P. Weidema who has over 25 years of experience in life cycle assessment (LCA) research.
He is a Professor at Aalborg University in Denmark, President of the International Life Cycle Academy, founder of 2.-0 LCA consultants and former Chief Scientist for the Ecoinvent database.
Copies of Assessing the environmental impact of agriculture can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £160/$210/€190 from www.bdspublishing.com.
26 July 2019
NUTS ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY
Francis Dodds, Editorial Director at Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, who have published the new title says,
"Walnut fruit is rich in vitamins, carbohydrates, minerals, protein and unsaturated fats, which are all linked to improving brain and nerve cell function. The fruit is also a rich source of phytochemicals and phytosterols which have been shown to have protective health effects against heart disease, some types of cancer and type 2 diabetes."
The volume also summarises key advances in genetics, breeding and cultivation of the main tree nuts, from walnuts and almonds to chestnuts, pistachios and hazelnuts, as well as the management of pests and diseases.
Francis Dodds says, "Key target characteristics for breeding not only include high yield but also good morphological and vegetative traits as well as resistance to pests and diseases."
Edited by Dr Ümit Serdar and Emeritus Professor Dennis Fulbright, this volume reviews the current research in tree nuts by bring together contributions from an internationally renowned team of experts.
Professor Tom Gradziel from the University of California-Davis says about this book, "I believe this volume will become an important reference not just for tree crops but other horticultural and forestry crops as well."
Dr Ümit Serdar is a Professor in the Faculty of Agriculture at Ondokuz Mayis University, Turkey. He was Chair of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) Workgroup on Chestnuts from 2014-2017 and is a member of other ISHS Workgroups.
Dr Dennis Fulbright is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University, USA. Like Professor Serdar, he is internationally known for his research on chestnut cultivation and disease management.
Copies of Achieving sustainable cultivation of tree nuts can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £170/$220/€205 from www.bdspublishing.com.
30 June 2019
Achieving sustainability in the cultivation of temperate zone tree fruits and berries
This collection is edited by Professor Gregory A. Lang.
Dr Lang is a Professor in Tree Fruit Physiology at Michigan State University, USA. He is the current Chair of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) Workgroup on Orchard Systems.
Emeritus Professor Ian J. Warrington, Massey University, New Zealand says about the book, "This text, with its impressive line-up of world-renowned contributors, will provide an excellent resource of information about developments in temperate fruit production and about future prospects for further change towards greater sustainable production."
Copies of Achieving sustainable cultivation of temperate zone tree fruits and berries - Volume 1 can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £140/$180/€170 from www.bdspublishing.com.
Copies of Achieving sustainable cultivation of temperate zone tree fruits and berries - Volume 2 can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £140/$180/€170 from www.bdspublishing.com.
30 June 2019
Advances in the use of robots in agriculture
The book is edited by Dr John Billingsley, Professor of Mechatronic Engineering, University of Southern Queensland, Australia.
Dr Billingsley celebrates the book's publication and says, "Not only does the book alert farmers to the wonders that are on the horizon, it offers inspiration to the many researchers who are trying to bring those wonders about."
Dr Billingsley is a Fellow of the IET (UK), past Fellow of Engineers Australia and a Senior Member of the IEEE (USA). He is the current Director of Technology Research at Australia's National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA).
Copies of Robotics and automation for improving agriculture can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £160/$210/€190 from www.bdspublishing.com.
28 June 2019
NEW title on breeding techniques for cereal crops
This collection is edited by Professor Frank Ordon and Wolfgang Friedt.
Professor Ordon is President of the Julius Kühn-Institute (JKI), the Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants in Germany. He is Honorary Professor for Molecular Resistance Breeding at the Martin-Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Editor-in-Chief of Plant Breeding, a member of the editorial board of several other journals and Chair of the Wheat Initiative Research Committee.
Wolfgang Friedt is Professor Emeritus of Plant Breeding at the Justus Liebig-University of Giessen (Germany), where he has taught crop science, plant genetics and breeding. Professor Friedt serves on the editorial board of two scientific journals. He is also chair or member of scientific boards for various professional organisations, including the Science Board of the Wheat Initiative.
Professor Peter Langridge, University of Adelaide, Australia; Chair of the Scientific Board of the Wheat Initiative says, “This book provides an excellent resource since it brings together leading experts in both the development and application of new technologies. It provides the reader with an authoritative explanation of the technologies and a critical assessment of their implementation in cereal improvement.”
Copies of Advances in breeding techniques for cereal crops can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £190/$245/€230 from www.bdspublishing.com.
5 June 2019
A step towards sustainable agriculture
The book is edited by Dr Rosa Mosquera-Losada and Dr Ravi Prabhu.
Dr Rosa Mosquera-Losada is Distinguished Professor at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
Professor Mosquera-Losada is President of the Spanish Agroforestry Association (AGFE) and a former President of the European Agroforestry Federation (EURAF). She is also Coordinator of the EU-funded Agroforestry Innovation Networks (AFINET) project and is co-Chair of the Croplands Working Group of the Global Research Alliance and of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (FAO).
Dr Ravi Prabhu is Deputy Director General (Research) at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Kenya.
Dr Prabhu was previously Senior Programme Officer for Forests and Climate Change at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Copies of Agroforestry for sustainable agriculture can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £180/$235/€215 from www.bdspublishing.com.
5 March 2019
A continued drive towards improving organic farming
The book is edited by Dr Mette Vaarst and Dr Stephen Roderick.
Dr Mette Vaarst is Senior Researcher in the Department of Animal Science at Aarhus University, and in the International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (ICROFS), Denmark. She has published widely on organic animal farming and coordinated a number of major European research projects in this area.
Dr Stephen Roderick manages research and development projects in organic and sustainable farming at Duchy College's Rural Business School in the UK. He has published widely in animal health and farm resource management.
Copies of Improving organic animal farming can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £170/$220/€205 from www.bdspublishing.com.
13 February 2019
50 years of research into African agriculture
The book is edited by Dr Peter Neuenschwander and Dr Manuele Tamò.
Dr Peter Neuenschwander is an Emeritus Scientist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), based in Benin. Formerly Director of the IITA's Plant Health Management Division, he has worked on integrated pest management (IPM) projects in over 25 countries.
Dr Manuele Tamò is an insect ecologist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Benin, with a particular focus on IPM in cereal-legume systems. He has worked with organisations such as WorldVeg (formerly AVRDC), ICRISAT and AfriceRice on IPM projects in many countries.
Professor E. A. "Short" Heinrichs, Secretary General - International Association for the Plant Protection Sciences, says about this book:
“This book, a must read for international agricultural scientists and pest management specialists, describes in meticulous detail how a group of eminent scientists have dedicated their lives to produce research that has led to stunning breakthroughs in the development of pest management strategies designed to solve the problems of African food insecurity, hunger and poverty.”
Copies of Critical issues in plant health: 50 years of research in African agriculture can be obtained from Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited in print and digital formats costing: £170/$220/€205 from www.bdspublishing.com.