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Book Name :

Advances in Agro-technology Vol I

Author Name :

Humberto Gonzalez Rodriguez, A V Ramanjaneyulu, N C Sarkar and Ratikanta Maiti

Price : INR 1700

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The wealth of knowledge accumulated in the elds of agricultural sciences over the last century of the second millennium of the Christian era is overwhelming, to say the least. No account of it can aim at providing a profound comprehensive review in just a couple of volumes. Thus, one must fatally discriminate and stay with a limited number of subjects which may be generally agreed upon as true landmarks of mayor interest for an over owing human population in a world changing dramatically at an alarming fast pace. After the rediscovery of the genial work by Gregory Mendel in the early nineteen hundreds provided a solid foundation for breeding of plant and animals, whose success was crowned by the Green Revolution, elucidation of DNA structure in the early fities in the twentieth century triggered the dawn of biotechnology and molecular biology. The surge of new knowledge in genetics climaxed with genetic engineering and transgenic technology, which, although faced with strong opposition, promises a long and not too winding road to success in increasing crop productivity and attenuating negative impact of ever worse limiting environmental conditions for cropping as a result of global climate change. Additionally, new tools and technologies arising from recently developed disciplines, such as information and computer science as much as aeronautic and space engineering, have allowed for a whole new approach to research and problem solving in agriculture. In compiling this volume of Advances in Agrotechnology, editors have looked to o er readers an account of the state of the art in some of the areas of mayor interest and concern by agricultural researchers around the world. These areas include diverse aspects of applied plant biology such as salinity tolerance in crops; new developments in basic physiology of photosynthesis; success in breeding of root systems adaptation to salinity and drought stress; use of feed additives, growth promoters and probiotics in animal production; crop management trends including pesticide use, integrated farming systems, practices in organic agriculture, application of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria and biological nitrogen xation. The scope of the work was deliberately kept wide enough to include more recent research and developments in agroforestry, soil research and even the latest trends in precision agriculture, both in the open eld as well as under cover. The variety in the subject matter of this collection reflects the asymmetries dominant in an uneven world. Culturally, scienti cally, socially and economically diverse, all of the countries around the globe are faced with one common challenge: an increasing population coupled with an increasing scarcity of natural resources endangered by the profound implications of global warming. The advances in Agrotechnology reported in this volume are intended to provide the scientist and the student in agricultural sciences with a close insight -hopefully a motivating glimpse into the recent realization that the frailty of natural or man-made ecosystems faced with a threat such as that posed by global climate change is no di erent from the frailty of any sort of human material prosperity. History is bounteous in lessons on this. The question for man in the twenty rst century is, have we learned at all, are we up to the challenge?