Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems

2nd Edition

Editor-in-Chiefs: Neal K. Van Alfen
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444525123
eBook ISBN: 9780080931395
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 19th August 2014
Page Count: 464
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Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems, Second Edition addresses important issues by examining topics of global agriculture and food systems that are key to understanding the challenges we face. Questions it addresses include:

  • Will we be able to produce enough food to meet the increasing dietary needs and wants of the additional two billion people expected to inhabit our planet by 2050?
  • Will we be able to meet the need for so much more food while simultaneously reducing adverse environmental effects of today’s agriculture practices?
  • Will we be able to produce the additional food using less land and water than we use now?

These are among the most important challenges that face our planet in the coming decades. The broad themes of food systems and people, agriculture and the environment, the science of agriculture, agricultural products, and agricultural production systems are covered in more than 200 separate chapters of this work. The book provides information that serves as the foundation for discussion of the food and environment challenges of the world. An international group of highly respected authors addresses these issues from a global perspective and provides the background, references, and linkages for further exploration of each of topics of this comprehensive work.

Key Features

  • Addresses important challenges of sustainability and efficiency from a global perspective.
  • Takes a detailed look at the important issues affecting the agricultural and food industries today.
  • Full colour throughout.


The core market is academic institutions, particularly those teaching agricultural science, plant science, ecology, environmental science, genetics, molecular biology and soil science. It will also appeal to government officials and think tanks in the areas of agricultural and environmental policy, ecology and sustainability

Table of Contents

  • Editor-in-Chief
  • Associate Editors
  • Preface
  • Permission Acknowledgments
  • Article Titles

    • A

      • Advances in Animal Biotechnology

        • Abstract
        • Glossary
        • What is Animal Biotechnology?
        • Earliest Animal Biotechnology
        • Assisted Reproductive Technology
        • Transgenic Technologies for Food and Other Products
        • Biopharming: Transgenic Animal Advances in Medicine and Research
        • Transgenic Animals with Increased Disease Resistance
        • Biotechnology Enhances and Advances Selective Breeding
        • Risks and Regulations
        • Multimedia Annexes
        • See also
        • References
        • Relevant Websites
      • Advances in Pesticide Risk Reduction

        • Abstract
        • Glossary
        • Introduction
        • Pesticides in the Environment
        • Strategies to Reduce Pesticide Risks
        • Conclusions
        • See also
        • References
        • Relevant Websites
      • Agbiotechnology: Costs and Benefits of Genetically Modified Papaya

        • Abstract
        • Glossary
        • Papaya Is the Fruit of Angels
        • Worldwide Threat on Papaya Production by Papaya Ringspot Virus
        • No Natural Source for Resistance Breeding and No Effective Control Measures by Agricultural Practices
        • Control of Papaya Ringspot Virus by Cross-Protection
        • Effective Control of Papaya Ringspot Virus by Netting
        • Control of Papaya Ringspot Virus by RNA Silencing-Based Transgenic Resistance
        • Coat Protein-Transgenic Papaya Resistant to Papaya Ringspot Virus Saves Papaya Industry in Hawaii
        • Coat Protein-Transgenic Papaya Facing Complicated Situations in Taiwan
        • Papaya Production Is Seriously Limited by Papaya Ringspot Virus in Southeast Asian Countries
        • Current Advances on Papaya Biotechnology
        • Environmental and Food Safety Assessments of Transgenic Papaya and International Tr


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About the Editor-in-Chief

Neal K. Van Alfen

Neal Van Alfen is professor of plant pathology at UC Davis. His research focuses on fungal molecular biology with the goal of controlling plant diseases using low-input, sustainable methods such as biological control using fungal viruses. He also has expertise on the effects of air pollution on environmental health, having served as a consultant to industry in this area for 15 years. An elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Phytopathological Society, Van Alfen serves, or has served, on numerous national and international committees and boards, including the Binational Agricultural Research and Development Foundation, a foundation that supports about $ 8 million per year in research for Israeli and U.S. scientists. He is editor of the Annual Review of Phytopathology, the editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems, and on the editorial board of Journal of Integrative Agriculture, the leading agricultural journal of China. He served as president of the American Phytopathological Society, was member-at-large of the Section on Agriculture, Food, and Renewable Resources of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, chaired the National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, chaired the Administrative Heads Section of the American Public and Land Grant Universities. Van Alfen served as dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis from 1999 – 2012 during which he led a three-fold increase of extramural research support per faculty member, created a number of research and outreach centers and institutes, including the Agricultural Sustainability Institute, the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, and the Center for Produce Safety. He led fund raising efforts that resulted in creation of 14 new endowed chairs for faculty and resulted in the construction of a $ 100 million academic center for food and beverage research and education. Th

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Davis, USA


"...an excellent resource for all libraries supporting programs in agricultural sciences, food sciences, environmental science, genetics, soil sciences, and sustainability…Summing up: Highly Recommended" --CHOICE Reviews Online, February 2015