Agricultural Ecology and Environment - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444886101, 9780444597953

Agricultural Ecology and Environment

1st Edition

Editors: B.R. Stinner G.G. Lorenzoni Maurizio Paoletti
eBook ISBN: 9780444597953
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 31st January 1990
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Description

The increased use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in crop production has adversely affected both the environment and the agricultural economy. Not only has it led to environmental pollution, but also the increasing costs of chemical inputs and the low prices received for agricultural products have contributed to economic unprofitability and instability.

The International Symposium on Agricultural Ecology and Environment was organised in order to discuss ways of achieving the goals of economically and environmentally sustainable agriculture. It is apparent that a truly multidisciplinary effort is required and for this reason the meeting was attended by authors from many different disciplines and geographical locations. Although their papers reflect a wide diversity of agroecosystem types and examples, several common themes emerge: the increased importance of biotic control of ecosystem processes in lower input systems; the key role of soil organic matter in stabilizing nutrient cycling; the importance of agricultural landscape diversity and complexity; the importance of studying ecological processes in natural and agricultural ecosystems; the critical need to integrate socio-economic and ecological approaches.

Table of Contents

Introduction. General Concepts (5 papers). Economics and Cultural Analyses (4 papers). Landscape Ecology (8 papers). Biotic Interaction (10 papers). Practices and Procedures (9 papers). Composting and Biogenic Wastes (13 papers). Environmental contamination and toxicology (7 papers). Regional Projects (5 papers). Author Index. Subject Index.

Details

Language:
English
Copyright:
© Elsevier Science 1989
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier Science
eBook ISBN:
9780444597953

About the Editor

B.R. Stinner

Affiliations and Expertise

Ohio State University, Wooster, OH, USA

G.G. Lorenzoni

Affiliations and Expertise

Universita di Padova, Padova, Italy

Maurizio Paoletti

Affiliations and Expertise

Universita di Padova via U. Bassi 58/b Padova I-35121 ITALY