Agricultural Sustainability

1st Edition

Progress and Prospects in Crop Research

Editors: Gurbir Bhullar Navreet Bhullar
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124045606
eBook ISBN: 9780124046085
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 11th December 2012
Page Count: 310
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Collaboratively written by top international experts and established scientists in various fields of agricultural research, this book focuses on the state of food production and sustainability; the problems with degradation of valuable sources of land, water, and air and their effects on food crops; the increasing demand of food resources; and the challenges of food security worldwide. The book provides cutting edge scientific tools and methods of research as well as solid background information that is accessible for those who have a strong interest in agricultural research and development and want to learn more on the challenges facing the global agricultural production systems.

Key Features

  • Provides cutting edge scientific tools and available technologies for research
  • Addresses the effects of climate change and the population explosion on food supply and offers solutions to combat them
  • Written by a range of experts covering a broad range of agriculture-related disciplines


Scientists and Researchers in industry and academia working in the field of agricultural research; Graduate and postgraduate students doing research projects; Policy makers, Administrators, Funding bodies, and Research bodies.

Table of Contents




Section I: Agricultural Biodiversity, Organic Farming, and New Crops

Chapter 1. Functional Agrobiodiversity: The Key to Sustainability?

1. Introduction

2. Agricultural Sustainability at the Onset of the Third Millennium

3. Agrobiodiversity: A Conceptual Framework

4. From Agrobiodiversity to Functional Agrobiodiversity

5. Functional Agrobiodiversity in Practice

6. Functional Agrobiodiversity: Opportunities and Bottlenecks

7. Conclusions



Chapter 2. Organic Agriculture—Driving Innovations in Crop Research

1. Introduction

2. Soil Fertility and Organic Farming in the Tropics—Challenges and the Way Forward

3. Plant Breeding Strategies for Organic and Low External Input Farming

4. Functional Biodiversity and Pest Management in Organic Farming

5. Agricultural Innovation—The Need for Transdisciplinary Research and Development

6. Outlook



Chapter 3. Guar: An Industrial Crop from Marginal Farms

1. Introduction

2. Origin, Genetics, and Breeding

3. Water and Salt Stress

4. Seed Composition

5. Galactomannan Properties, Biosynthesis, and Degradation

6. Preparation and Applications of Guar Gum

7. Biotechnology for Guar Gum Modification

8. Summary and Future Prospects


Section II: Effective Management of Resources (Nutrients and Water) and Crop Modelling

Chapter 4. Nitrogen Use as a Component of Sustainable Crop Systems

1. Introduction

2. Principles of Crop Sustainability in Rainfed Farming

3. Improving Nue and On-Site N Management

4. Targeting Crop Sustainability



Chapter 5. Potential of Management Practices and Amendmen


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About the Editor

Gurbir Bhullar

Affiliations and Expertise

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland

Navreet Bhullar

Affiliations and Expertise

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland


"There is something here for everyone with a serious interest in agricultural sustainability; each of the 15 chapters delves deeply into its specific topic, but the next begins anew in a tangential fashion. The book is unusual in its coverage of such diverse topics and deserves to be recognized for it…Some chapters were written to inspire readers, and the authors were definitely successful in accomplishing their goal. Summing Up: Highly recommended."--CHOICE Reviews Online, January 2014
"The book is highly topical given current concerns regarding food security, water security and climate change. The book provides the opportunity to develop a clear understanding of how agriculture needs to meet global food, fibre and energy demands whilst ensuring the maintenance of ecosystems and protection of biodiversity…[it] is a well-written, detailed, concise and informative book that I would recommend to students and colleagues."--Soil Use and Management, October 11, 2013
"Among specific topics are whether agrobiodiversity is the key to sustainability, the effective management of scarce water resources in northwestern India, biofortifying staple crops, integrating traditional and molecular approaches in breeding virus resistance into cool season food legumes, and lessons from personal experience regarding contract farming for producing and procuring mint."--Reference and Research Book News, August 2013