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Feeding a World Population of More Than Eight Billion People: A Challenge to Science


Series: Topics in Sustainable Agronomy

Edited By: JC Waterlow, DG Armstrong, Leslie Fowdon and Ralph Riley

280 pages, Figs, tabs

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Jul 1998 | #83675 | ISBN: 0195113128
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Based on the proceedings of the 10th International Symposium sponsored by the Nutrition Committee and the Trustees of the Rank Prize Funds, held in Dorset, England in December 1996. The topics covered include land and crop nutrients and sustainability, water usage, applications of science to increase yield, the role of animal products in feeding people, and social aspects such as introducing new technology and the processes through which greater food security may be attained.

"This book is based on the 10th International Symposium sponsered by the Nutrition Committee and the Trustees of the Rank Prize Funds. It examines the immediate challenges of feeding a growing human population just a generation from now. The 19 individually authored articles in this book cover a broad range of topics, from food economics to resource allocation and crop yields. The book is an invaluable resource for a wide range of those interested in agriculture, the environment, and public policy." --Biosis, Vol 51, Issue 3, March 1999


PART 1: THE CHALLENGE; 1. Needs for food: are we asking too much?; 2. The Economics of Food; PART 2: BASIC RESOURCES AND CONSTRAINTS; 3. Land resources and constraints to crop production; 4. Water and food in developing countries in the next century; 5. Energy for agriculture in the 21st century; PART 3: APPLICATIONS OF SCIENCE TO INCREASE YIELD; 6. Greater crop production: whence and whither?; 7. How and when will plant biotechnology help?; 8. What limits the efficiency of photosynthesis and can there be beneficial improvements?; 9. Rubisco: the key to improved crop production for a world population of more than eight billion people?; 10. Increasing rice productivity by manipulation of starch biosynthesis during seed development; 11. Improved yield potential by modification of plant type and through exploitation of heterosis; PART 4: THE ROLE OF ANIMAL PRODUCTS IN FEEDING EIGHT BILLION PEOPLE; 12. Developing crops with resistance to salinity and drought stress; 13. Prospects for engineering enhanced durable disease resistance in crops; 14. A systems perspective on post-harvest losses; 15. Significance of dietary protein source in human nutrition: animal and/or plant proteins?; 16. Competition between livestock and man for nutrients: let ruminants eat grass; 17. Animals and the human food chain; PART 5: SOCIAL ASPECTS; 18. Practical innovation: partnerships between scientists and farmers; 19. Productivity, poverty alleviation and food security

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