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Conservation Agriculture

Written by experts in the field
Presents recent advances in conservation agriculture research and development
Focuses on environmentally sustainable and profitable food production systems

By: Muhammad Farooq (Editor), Kadambot Siddique (Editor)

899 pages, 40 colour illustrations


Hardback | Jan 2015 | #218666 | ISBN-13: 9783319116198
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Conservation agriculture – consisting of four components including permanent soil cover, minimum soil disturbance, diversified crop rotations and integrated weed management – is considered the principal pathway to sustainable agriculture and the conservation of natural resources and the environment. Leading researchers in the field describe the basic principles of conservation agriculture, and synthesize recent advances and developments in conservation agriculture research.

Conservation Agriculture is a ready reference on conservation agriculture and reinforces the understanding for its utilization to develop environmentally sustainable and profitable food production systems. Conservation Agriculture describes various elements of conservation agriculture; highlights the associated breeding and modeling efforts; analyses the experiences and challenges in conservation agriculture in different regions of the world; and proposes some pragmatic options and new areas of research in this very important area of agriculture.


Part 1: Introduction
1. Conservation Agriculture: Concepts, Brief History and Impacts on Agricultural Systems; Muhammad Farooq and Kadambot H.M. Siddique

Part 2: Elements of Conservation Agriculture
2. Crop Rotations and Residue Management in Conservation Agriculture; Leonard Rusinamhodzi
3. Weed Management in Conservation Agriculture Systems; V.P. Singh, K.K. Barman, Raghwendra Singh and A.R. Sharma
4. Nutrient Management Perspectives in Conservation Agriculture; Christos Dordas
5. Farm Machinery for Conservation Agriculture; S. Mkomwa, P. Kaumbutho and P. Makungu
6. Insect Pest Management in Conservation Agriculture; Ahmad Nawaz and Jam Nazeer Ahmad

Part 3: Modeling and Crop Improvement for Conservation Agriculture
7. Breeding for Conservation Agriculture; Tariq Mahmood and Richard Trethowan
8. Modeling Conservation Agriculture; Bruno Basso and Luigi Sartori

Part 4: Status of Conservation Agriculture: some case studies
9. Conservation Agriculture in the Middle East; Stephen Loss, Atef Haddad, Yaseen Khalil, Abdulsattar Alrijabo, David Feindel, and Colin Piggin
10. Explaining Adoption and Measuring Impacts of Conservation Agriculture on Productive Efficiency, Income, Poverty and Food Security in Syria; Y.A. Yigezu1, A. Mugera, T. El-Shater, Colin Piggin, Atef Haddad, Yaseen Khalil1, Stephen Loss
11. Conservation Agriculture in South Asia; Hafeez-ur-Rehman1, Ahmad Nawaz, Yashpal Singh Saharawat and Muhammad Farooq
12. Conservation Agriculture in South East Asia; Jean-Claude Legoupil, Pascal Lienhard and Anonh Khamhoung
13. Conservation Agriculture in Rainfed Areas of China; Lingling Li, Bill Bellotti, Renzhi Zhang and Hailin Zhang
14. Conservation Agriculture in Australia and New Zealand; P.R. Ward and K.H.M. Siddique
15. Conservation Agriculture in Europe; G. Basch, T. Friedrich, A. Kassam and E. Gonzalez-Sanchez
16. Conservation Agriculture in Latin America; A. Speratti, M.-S. Turmel, A. Calegari, C.F. Araujo-Junior, A. Violic, P. Wall, and B. Govaerts
17. Conservation Agriculture in North America; N. Hansen, S. Tubbs, F. Fernandez, S. Green, N. Hansen and W.B. Stevens
18. Conservation Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa; Marc Corbeels, Thierfelder and Leonard Rusinamhodzi

Part 5: Conservation Agriculture in Agricultural Systems
19. Conservation Agriculture and Soil Carbon Sequestration; Ch. Srinivasarao, Rattan Lal, Sumanta Kundu and Pravin B Thakur
20. Application of Microbiology in Conservation Agriculture; J. Habig, A.I. Hassen and A. Swart
21. Conservation Agriculture in Organic Farming: Experiences, Challenges and Opportunities; J. Peigne, V. Lefevre, J.F. Vian and Ph. Fleury
22. Conservation Agriculture and Climate Change; M. Pisante, F. Stagnari, M. Acutis, M. Bindi, Lorenzo Brilli, Valentina Di Stefano and M. Carozzi
23. Farmer Adoption of Conservation Agriculture; Duncan Knowler

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