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Life Sciences - Agriculture | Genetic Engineering, Biofertilisation, Soil Quality and Organic Farming

Genetic Engineering, Biofertilisation, Soil Quality and Organic Farming

Lichtfouse, Eric (Ed.)

2010, VI, 390p.

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  • First book on Sustainable Agriculture
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Content Level » Research

Keywords » Ecology - Sustainability - Sustainable Agriculture - biodiversity - biotechnology - environment - genetic engineering - organic farming - quality

Related subjects » Agriculture - Ecology - Global Change - Climate Change - Plant Sciences - Soil Science - Sustainable Development

Table of contents 

1. Avidin and plant biotechnology to control pests; Rene Kizek. 2. Cover crops for sustainable agrosystems in the Americas; Johannes M.S. Scholberg. 3. Cover crops in agrosystems, innovations and applications; Johannes M.S. Scholberg. 4. Improving bioavailability of phosphate rock for organic farming; Anthony. C. Edwards. 5. Mixed cropping and suppression of soilborne diseases; Gerbert A. Hiddink. 6. Decreasing nitrate leaching in vegetable crops with better N management; Francesco Agostini. 7. Manures spills and remediation methods to improve water quality; Shalamar D. Armstrong. 8. Cropping systems management, soil microbial communities and soil biological fertility; Dean Spaner. 9. Cyanobacterial reclamation of salt affected soil; Nirbhay Kumar Singh. 10. Measuring environmental sustainability of intensive poultry rearing system; Antonio Boggia. 11. Compost use in organic farming; Eva Erhart. 12. Beneficial microorganisms for sustainable agriculture; Arshad Javaid. 13. Foliar fertilization for sustainable crop production; Seshadri Kannan.

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