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Agroecology : Ecological Processes in Sustainable Agriculture

Agroecology : Ecological Processes in Sustainable Agriculture - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-1575040431

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ISBN10: 1575040433
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Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: Ann Arbor Books
Published: 1998
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Agroecology : Ecological Processes in Sustainable Agriculture - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-1575040431

Stephen R. Gliessman

ISBN13: 978-1575040431
ISBN10: 1575040433
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: Ann Arbor Books

Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

Agroecology is defined as the application of ecological concepts and principles to the design and management of sustainable agroecosystems. This definitive book provides the theoretical and conceptual framework for the study and analysis of agroecosystems.The author builds upon the understanding of the complex factors of the environment as they affect agricultural crops and animals. It examines concepts at a systems level, focusing on interactions and interrelationships on the population, community, and ecosystem levels.Informative case studies demonstrate how ecology can be applied to agriculture. Each chapter concludes with questions to ensure a complete understanding of the information. Recommended readings are provided for those interested in advanced study.

Table of Contents

1. The Need for Sustainable Food Production Systems
Special Topic: The History of Agroecology
2. The Agroecosystem Concept
3. The Plant
4. Light
Special Topic: Ozone Depletion
5. Temperature
Special Topic: Causes and Consequences of Global Warming
6. Humidity and Rainfall
Special Topic: Acid Precipitation
Case Study: Hopi Agriculture
7. Wind
8. Soil
Case Study: Soil Management in the Hillside Terrace Systems of Tlaxcala, Mexico
9. Water in the Soil
Case Study: Pre-Hispanic Raised-Field Systems of Quintana Roo, Mexico
10. Fire
11. Biotic Factors
Special Topic: The History of the Study of Allelopathy
12. The Environmental Complex
13. Population Processes in Agriculture: Dispersal, Establishment, and the Ecological Niche
Special Topic: Developing a Perennial Grain Crop
Case Study: Broccoli and Lettuce Intercrop
14. Genetic Resources in Agroecosystems
Special Topic: Origins of Agriculture
Special Topic: Benefits and Risks of Genetic Engineering
15. Species Interactions in Crop Communities
Special Topic: History of the Study of Mutualism
Case Study: Cover-Cropping with Rye and Bellbeans
Case Study: Mustard Cover crop for Fuji Apples
16. Agroecosystem Diversity and Stability
Special Topic: Rhizobium Bacteria, Legumes, and the Nitrogen Cycle
Case Study: Effect of Weed Borders on Insect Colonization of a Cauliflower Field
17. Disturbance, Succession, and Agroecosystem Management
Case Study: Effect of Trees on Soil in Tlaxcala, Mexico
18. The Energetics of Agroecosystems
Case Study: The Energetics of Strawberry Production in Santa Cruz, California and Nanjing, China
19. Interaction Between Agroecosystems and Natural Ecosystems
Case Study: Landscape Diversity in Tlaxcala, Mexico
Special Topic: The Sustainable Biosphere Initiative
20. Achieving Sustainability
Case Study: Conversion to Organic Apple Production
Case Study: Sustainability in a Chinese Village Agroecosystem
21. From Sustainable Agriculture to Sustainable Food Systems

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