Principles of Tropical Agron

Principles of Tropical Agron

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As populations continue to grow in tropical countries, there is an ever increasing pressure to produce more food from less land, while at the same time maintaining the quality of the environment. This textbook integrates research in agronomy, physiology, environmental physics and soil science to provide a framework for analyzing practical problems associated with crop production in tropical environments. The impact of essential resources, such as solar radiation and water are discussed and research findings are used to illustrate solutions to real challenges.The book will serve as a core textbook for advanced undergraduate courses in agronomy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 167.6 x 241.3 x 15.2mm | 453.6g
  • CABI Publishing
  • Wallingford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 085199136X
  • 9780851991368
  • 1,426,159

Table of contents

Part I: Resource Flows and Currencies
1: Solar radiation
2: The solar spectrum and plant processes
3: The fate of radiation in crop systems
4: Water
5: The hydrological cycle
6: Soil water energy
7: Plant water energy
8: Evaporation
9: The fate of water in crop systems
10: Conclusions
Part II: Essential Choices: Genotype, Timing, Configuration
11: Genotype (what?)
12: Evolution and genetic manipulation
13: Characteristics of the main crop types
14: Genetic modification within species
15: Conclusions
16: Timing (when?)
17: Characteristics of timing in crops
18: Development and resource capture
19: Environmental control of timing
20: Regulation of timing by management and choice of cultivar
21: Conclusions
22: Configuration (how?)
23: Plant populations
24: Mixed cropping
25: Calculating the performance of intercrops
26: Conclusions
Part III: Integration
27: Manipulating fluxes
28: A simple frame of reference
29: Empirical input-yield responses
30: Understanding the input-yield response
31: Scale and integration: extending the principles
32: Synthesis
33: Some major developments in agricultural research
34: Assessing the potential of underutilised crops - a case study of bambara groundnut
35: The status and contribution of agronomy
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