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Crop Production and Crop Protection

Estimated Losses in Major Food and Cash Crops

The objective of this book is to provide information to be used as a basis for evaluating the fragile, shaky structure of global food production. The volume analyses the data by region and by intensity of cultivation; and furnishes information about the yield response, giving some indication of the health of the plants. It will be invaluable to all plant and crop scientists as well as to agriculturalists.

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Published: September 1999

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-444-82095-2

Reviews

  • ...an essential new reference in the literature on crop losses and crop protection. It will be of interest to researchers, teachers, extension scientists and policy makers. It will be of particular interest to those who work with the eight major crops treated in the section on crop losses.
    Phytopathology News


    ...this well–referenced book contains a wealth of information on the principle causes of crop loss. It is a worthwhile addition to every professional library.
    IMP Practioner., September, 1995
    This is a splendid book, assembling information on yield losses from many sources. Many of the data come from unpublished sources, and the authors are to be congratulated for putting all the data together...
    H.F. van Emden, Agricultural Science, 1996
    ...and excellent attempt to quantify the pre-harvest loss data that are available, in spite of the problems and shortcomings associated with collating yield loss data.
    David Dent, Integrated Pest Management Reviews

Contents

  • List of abbreviations. Biographies of authors. Acknowledgements. Preface.

    1. POPULATION GROWTH, AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION AND FOOD SUPPLIES (A. Weber). Introduction. Agricultural resources and their use. Population growth. Food supply worldwide. Agricultural production – global, continental and national potentials. Ways of expanding food production. Risks in cultivating and irrigating more land. Implications of rapid population growth for agricultural policy. The role and priority of the agricultural sector in developing countries. Aims and problems of agricultural policy in developing countries. The contribution of land-saving advances in technology to growth. The economics of crop protection. Priorities in perspective. Present concerns and outlook into a distant future. Acceptance and perceived risks of crop protection. References.

    2. CROP PROTECTION – PAST AND PRESENT (H.-W. Dehne, F. Schönbeck). Introduction. Changes in crop production. Cultivation techniques and crop rotation. Plant nutrition and soil fertility. Plant breeding. The development of pest control. Changes in the incidence and importance of pathogens, animal pests and weeds. Development of chemical control. Biological and integrated control. Challenges to phytomedicine and pest control. References.

    3. ESTIMATED CROP LOSSES DUE TO PATHOGENS, ANIMAL PESTS AND WEEDS (E.-C. Oerke). Data sources and data analysis. Problems in compiling the data. General approach to current data compilation. Definitions and nomenclature. Data sources. Data analysis. Mode of operation and presentation of production and loss data: Indian case study. Conclusions. References. Estimated crop losses in rice. Cultivation, production and crop protection. Crop losses in Africa. Crop losses in America. Crop losses in Asia. Crop losses in Europe and the U.S.S.R. Crop Losses in Oceana. Overall summary of losses in rice production. References. Estimated crop losses in wheat. Cultivation, production and crop protection. Crop losses in Africa. Crop losses in America. Crop losses in Asia. Crop losses in Europe and the U.S.S.R. Crop losses in Oceana. Overall summary of losses in wheat production. References. Estimated crop losses in barley. Cultivation, production and crop protection. Crop losses in Africa. Crop losses in the Americas. Crop losses in Asia. Crop losses in Europe and the U.S.S.R. Crop losses in Eastern and South-East Europe. Crop losses in Oceana. Overall summary of losses in barley production. References. Estimated crop losses in maize. Cultivation, production and crop protection. Crop losses in Africa. Crop losses in America. Crop losses in Asia. Crop losses in Europe and the U.S.S.R. Crop losses in Oceana. Overall summary of losses in maize production. References. Estimated crop losses in potatoes. Cultivation, production and crop protection. Crop losses in Africa. Crop losses in America. Crop losses in Asia. Crop losses in Europe and the U.S.S.R. Crop losses in Oceana. Overall summary of losses in potato production. References. Estimated crop losses in soybeans. Cultivation, production and crop protection. Crop losses in Africa. Crop losses in America. Crop losses in Asia. Crop losses in Europe and the U.S.S.R. Crop losses in Oceana. Overall summary of losses in soybean production. References. Estimated crop losses in cotton. Cultivation, production and crop protection. Crop losses in Africa. Crop losses in America. Crop losses in Asia. Crop losses in Europe and the U.S.S.R. Crop losses in Oceana. Overall summary of losses in cotton production. References. Estimated crop losses in coffee. Cultivation, production and crop protection. Crop losses in Africa. Crop losses in America. Crop losses in Asia. Crop losses in Oceana. Overall summary of losses in coffee production. References.

    4. CONCLUSIONS AND PERSPECTIVES (E.-C. Oerke, A. Weber, H.-W. Dehne, F. Schönbeck). Trends and changes in crop production and losses since 1965. Effectiveness of actual crop protection practices, in terms of yields. Crop protection and intensity of cultivation. Improvements in levels of food consumption, and the challenge of population growth. Assessment of past, and forecast of future, changes in arable and forest land. Creating conditions which encourage the acceptance of new technologies. Challenges to come for crop protection. References. General index. Scientific index.

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