Crop Resources

Crop Resources

1st Edition - January 1, 1977

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  • Editor: David S. Seigler
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483270449

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Crop Resources contains papers that were originally presented as a symposium on Crop Resources at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for Economic Botany in Urbana, Illinois, 13-17 June 1976. The volume attempts to evaluate (a) the possible nonfood uses of cultivated plants; (b) the extent to which new and additional food resources may become available; (c) the prospects of several specialized uses of plants such as drugs, insecticides, rubber, and condiments; and (d) the origin of four major crops of the American Midwest and prospects for their future development. The discussions include the possibilities of developing new crops from the view of a chemist; the use of currently cultivated oil-seed crops for industrial purposes; the industrial uses of carbohydrates, principally starch and cellulose; the uses of plant materials as medicines; the successes and shortcomings of the Green Revolution; and the uses of plant materials for insecticides. This book should be of interest to anyone with a concern for natural resources, both renewable and nonrenewable. It should be of particular interest to agronomists, horticulturalists, chemists, chemical engineers, botanists, biologists, pharmacognosists, and anthropologists.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors


    Potential Wealth in New Crops: Research and Development

    Plant Introductions—A Source of New Crops

    Nonfood Uses for Commercial Vegetable Oil Crops

    New Industrial Potentials for Carbohydrates

    The Current Importance of Plants as a Source of Drugs

    Potentials for Development of Wild Plants as Row Crops for Use by Man

    Recent Evidence in Support of the Tropical Origin of New World Crops

    Requirements for a Green Revolution

    How Green Can a Revolution Be?

    Increasing Cereal Yields: Evolution under Domestication

    Hevea Rubber: Past and Future

    Horseradish—Problems and Research in Illinois

    Dioscorea—The Pill Crop

    Plant Derivatives for Insect Control

    Evolutionary Dynamics of Sorghum Domestication

    The Origin and Future of Wheat

    Current Thoughts on Origins, Present Status, and Future of Soybeans

    The Origin of Corn—Studies of the Last Hundred Years


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  • No. of pages: 248
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1977
  • Published: January 1, 1977
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483270449

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David S. Seigler

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