Description

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.

Table of 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 su

Details

Language:
English
Copyright:
© 1994
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier Science
Print ISBN:
9780444820952
Electronic ISBN:
9780444597946

Reviews

@qu:...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. @source:Phytopathology News @qu:...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. @source:IMP Practioner. @from:H.F. van Emden @qu: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... @source:Agricultural Science @from:David Dent @qu:...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. @source:Integrated Pest Management Reviews