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About this book
About this book
Current trends in population growth suggest that global food production is unlikely to satisfy future demand under predicted climate change scenarios unless rates of crop improvement are accelerated. In order to maintain food security in the face of these challenges, a holistic approach that includes stress-tolerant germplasm, sustainable crop and natural resource management, and sound policy interventions will be needed.
This book provides an overview of the essential disciplines required for sustainable crop production in unpredictable environments.
1.Adapting crops to climate change: a summary; Predictions of climate change and of its impact on crop productivity; 2.Scenarios of climate change within the context of agriculture; 3.Economic impacts of climate change on agriculture to 2030; Adapting to biotic and abiotic stresses through crop breeding; 4.Preventing potential disease and pest epidemics under a changing climate; 5.Breeding for adaptation to heat and drought stress; 6.Breeding crops for tolerance to salinity, waterlogging and inundation; 7.Multi-location testing as a tool to identify plant response to global climate change; 8.Genetic approaches to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: increasing carbon capture and decreasing environmental impact; Sustainable and resource conserving technologies for adaptation to, and mitigation of, climate change; 9.Greenhouse gas mitigation in the main cereal systems: rice, wheat and maize; 10.How conservation agriculture can contribute to buffering climate change; 11.Management of resident soil microbial community structure and function to suppress soilborne disease development; New tools for enhancing crop adaptation to climate change; 12.Biotechnology in agriculture; 13.GIS and crop simulation modelling applications in climate change research; 14.Statistical models for studying and understanding genotype x environment interaction in an era of climate change and increased genetic information.