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New Crops for Temperate Regions

By: K Anthony, G Robbelen and J Meadley

280 pages, 43 line illus

Chapman & Hall

Hardback | Dec 1993 | #22741 | ISBN: 0412480204
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Examines underutilised and new crops which have the potential to be developed and exploited across temperate cropping zones. Contents include details of opportunities and markets for high value crops, and the use of new crops for production of biomass, fibre, timber, starch, oils and fats.

It covers a wide field and is consistently interesting. The text is supported by long lists of references and there is a useful index - Agricultural Progress; ...provides a valuable introduction to the development possibilities and problems of new temperate crops. It comes just at the time when this subject has become such an important political and agricultural talking point, and it should help to focus greater attention on new crops in the UK. - Journal of Agricultural Science; is well edited, well printed and well made. - Experimental Agriculture


Part 1 The farming scene and its implications for new crops: an overview of the current agricultural policy framework, R.S. Thomas; the economics of UK farming and the European scene, C.A. Spelman; the development of new crops - EC projects and prospects, F. Rexen; the state of new crops development and their future prospects in Northern Europe, G. Robbelen; the state of new crops development and their future prospects in Southern Europe, A. Faget; introduction of new crops in Denmark, O. Stolen and G. Hansen; new crops development for industrial products in Italy, E. Lapenta, et al. Part 2 High value crops: markets and opportunities for alternative high value horticultural crops - strategies for development, S. Caiger; opportunities and markets in the pharmaceutical and health food industry, D.F. Horrobin and P.L. Lapinskas; opportunities in new fruit crops in Spain, V. Galan-Sauco and L. Rallo. Part 3 Biomass, fibre and forestry: forestry biomass energy and the carbon cycle, R. Booth and P. Elliott; energy forestry - opportunities, markets, profitability, scale, environmental considerations, H. Johansson; variability in the lignification of plant cell walls in relation to production of cellulosic figres, B. Monties; project agro-fibre - an investigation of the possibility for using agricultural crops for pulp product in Sweden, H. Berggren. Part 4 Starch: industrial products from starch - recent developments, potential applications and future perspectives, H. Roper; engineering of native starches - choice of technology and crops, J. Marcussen. Part 5 Oils and fats: oils and fats - an industrialist's view of trends in the industry, sources of raw materials and opportunities for new crops, S.C. Gray; rapeseed (Canola) development in the USA, E.B. McEvoy; cuphea and meadowfoam - a case study of new crops, F. Hirsinger; domestication of "Euphorbia lathyris" L. as a potential new oil crop, W. Hondelmann; breeding and agronomic development of linseed and sunflower for technical markets, W. Friedt; conclusions, G. Robbelen.

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