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Wheat Production and Utilization: Systems, Quality and the Environment

By: Mike J Gooding and W Paul Davies

355 pages, B/w photos, figs, tabs

CABI Publishing

Hardback | Dec 1997 | #85706 | ISBN: 0851991556
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NHBS Price: £89.99 $114/€106 approx

About this book

The domestication of wheat, more than any other plant, has allowed food to be produced in sufficient quantities to support community settlement, cultural development and population growth. Wheat is one of the major sources of energy, protein and dietary fibre in human nutrition. This book comprehensively describes how wheat is produced and used. It begins with a consideration of how the different grain characters influence the subsequent utilization of the harvested wheat. A large part of the book is then devoted to advice and discussion concerning establishing, managing and harvesting a successful crop, including the control of disease, and the use of wheat as forage. There is also a thorough consideration of the storage and use of the crop post-harvest. Wheat is grown and used throughout the world and the book reflects this by containing example from many different countries. Research on the impact of the environment on the quality of the grain is presented and discussed, and the challenges facing growers and wheat researchers in different geograpical locations are examined throughout the book. This book is suitable reading for all agronomy lecturers and students at universities and colleges. By bringing together recent research and practice it is also a resource for researchers and advisors in this area, such as plant breeders, agronomists and pathologists.


Contents

An introduction to the utilization, development and production of wheat; grain characters influencing utilization; genotypic effects on grain quality - species and varieties; the crop environment and grain quality - weather and soils; crop establishment; crop nutrition and fertilizer use; biology and control of disease, weeds and pests - effects on grain yield and quality; post-harvest management of grain; wheat vegetation as forage; ethanol, starch and gluten production.

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