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  • Amazonian Dark Earths: Wim Sombroek´s Vision

    Amazonian Dark Earths: Wim Sombroek´s Vision

    Amazonian soils are almost universally thought of as extremely forbidding. However, it is now clear that complex societies with large, sedentary populations were present for over a millennium before European contact. Associated with these are tracts of anomalously fertile, dark soils termed ‘terra preta’ or dark earths. These soils are presently an important agricultural resource within Amazonia and provide a model for developing long-term ...

  • Biological Nitrogen Fixation: Towards Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Agriculture

    Biological Nitrogen Fixation: Towards Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Agriculture

    This volume covers recent developments in both fundamental and applied research in biological nitrogen fixation. It emphasizes the application of biological nitrogen fixation for sustainable agriculture, which should lead to poverty alleviation, environmental protection, and good agricultural practices generally. The roles of, and advances in, plant breeding, plant molecular biology, nodule physiology, and symbiotic and associative interactions ...

  • Coping with Drought Risk in Agriculture and Water Supply Systems

    Coping with Drought Risk in Agriculture and Water Supply Systems

    Over the last three decades drought episodes have resulted in severe social problems in Mediterranean countries, receiving broad attention from the international scientific and policy communities. The experiences in the development and implementation of drought management plans highlight the success and challenges of coping with drought for societies with different vulnerabilities and emphasize risk-based drought management as a critical ...

  • Data Mining in Agriculture

    Data Mining in Agriculture

    Data Mining in Agriculture represents a comprehensive effort to provide graduate students and researchers with an analytical text on data mining techniques applied to agriculture and environmental related fields. This book presents both theoretical and practical insights with a focus on presenting the context of each data mining technique rather intuitively with ample concrete examples represented graphically and with algorithms written in ...

  • Governance of Water-Related Conflicts in Agriculture

    Governance of Water-Related Conflicts in Agriculture

    The book contributes to a better understanding of the role such co-operation can play in complying cost-effectively with European environmental legislation, in particularly the EU Nitrates and Water Framework Directives, and in achieving a sustainable agriculture. The feasibility of meeting environmental standards by the application of voluntary agreements between farmers and water suppliers is analysed as a more economically efficient and ...

  • Payment for Environmental Services in Agricultural Landscapes

    Payment for Environmental Services in Agricultural Landscapes

    In recent years, development policy has responded to an increasing concern about natural resource degradation by setting up innovative payment for environmental services (PES) programs in developing countries. PES programs use market and institutional incentives in order to meet both environmental and poverty alleviation objectives. However, their optimal design, implications for the rural poor, and how these initiatives integrate into ...

  • Vertical Markets and Cooperative Hierarchies

    Vertical Markets and Cooperative Hierarchies

    Agricultural cooperatives have strong market positions in agri-food industries, in many countries. In recent decades we have witnessed significant changes in competition, distribution of market power and governance structures of agri-food chains. Between vertical market structures, cooperative principles, and hierarchical governance structures, cooperatives have been continuously adjusting in their strive for competitiveness, innovation, and ...

  • Catalysts for Nitrogen Fixation

    Catalysts for Nitrogen Fixation

    Biological nitrogen fixation provides more than 50% of the total annual input of the essential element nitrogen to world agriculture. Thus, it is of immense agronomic importance and critical to food supplies, particularly in developing countries. This book, with chapters authored by internationally renowned experts, provides a comprehensive and detailed account of the fascinating history of the process - including the surprising discoveries of ...

  • A Comprehensive Assessment of the Role of Risk in U.S. Agriculture

    A Comprehensive Assessment of the Role of Risk in U.S. Agriculture

    After all the research on agricultural risk to date, the treatment of risk in agricultural research is far from harmonious. Many competing risk models have been proposed. Some new methodologies are largely untested. Some of the leading empirical methodologies in agricultural economic research are poorly suited for problems with aggregate data where risk averse behavior is less likely to be important. This book is intended to (i) define ...

  • Flexible Incentives for the Adoption of Environmental Technologies in Agriculture

    Flexible Incentives for the Adoption of Environmental Technologies in Agriculture

    Flexible Incentives for the Adoption of Environmental Technologies in Agriculture identifies and structures more flexible economic incentives for the achievement of environmental goals in agriculture. It provides a conceptual framework and presents case studies that analyze how flexible incentives can address environmental problems that are caused by agricultural production. The book brings together economists, agency personnel and ...

  • Freer Trade, Sustainability, and the Primary Production Sector in the Southern EU: Unraveling the Evidence from Greece

    Freer Trade, Sustainability, and the Primary Production Sector in the Southern EU: Unraveling the Evidence from Greece

    This book addresses conceptual, methodological, and policy aspects of agriculture, fisheries and forests, from a 'trade and environment' perspective in a Southern European context. It contains contributions by experienced professors and researchers, which provide an in depth analysis of the likely impacts of free trade on the economic and environmental sustainability of a typical Southern EU country, following the recent CAP reform and WTO ...

  • The Randstad: A Research and Policy Laboratory

    The Randstad: A Research and Policy Laboratory

    Randstad Holland is the urbanized western part of the Netherlands. It contains the four largest cities of the country: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. The name Randstad (rim city) refers to the distinctive shape of the conurbation, a horseshoe of cities around an open agricultural and recreational area, known as the Green Heart. This book analyzes the restructuring of the region. The volume summarizes the research of the ...

  • The Search for Bioactive Compounds from Microorganisms

    The Search for Bioactive Compounds from Microorganisms

    Biologically active compounds isolated from microorganisms continue to be vital to the development of new drugs and agricultural chemicals. This book was prepared by current and past members of the laboratory of Dr. Satoshi Omura of the Kitasato Institute in Japan. Dr. Omura and his colleagues have discovered and studied a number of important antibiotics, and in their work they have pioneered new methods for screening microbes for interesting ...