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Life Sciences - Agriculture | Organic Fertilisation, Soil Quality and Human Health

Organic Fertilisation, Soil Quality and Human Health

Lichtfouse, Eric (Ed.)

2012, VI, 354 p.

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  • Reports the history of no-tillage in the USA for the Dust Bowl on (see photo of figure 3 of first article)
  • Reports unexpected anomalies of fertiliser use in the European Union Reports positive effects of tomato for human health
  • Reports a list of soil microbes used to control plant diseases
Sustainable agriculture is a rapidly growing field aiming at producing food and energy in a sustainable way for humans and their children. Sustainable agriculture is a discipline that addresses current issues such as climate change, increasing food and fuel prices, poor-nation starvation, rich-nation obesity, water pollution, soil erosion, fertility loss, pest control, and biodiversity depletion. Novel, environmentally-friendly solutions are proposed based on integrated knowledge from sciences as diverse as agronomy, soil science, molecular biology, chemistry, toxicology, ecology, economy, and social sciences. Indeed, sustainable agriculture decipher mechanisms of processes that occur from the molecular level to the farming system to the global level at time scales ranging from seconds to centuries. For that, scientists use the system approach that involves studying components and interactions of a whole system to address scientific, economic and social issues. In that respect, sustainable agriculture is not a classical, narrow science. Instead of solving problems using the classical painkiller approach that treats only negative impacts, sustainable agriculture treats problem sources. Because most actual society issues are now intertwined, global, and fast-developing, sustainable agriculture will bring solutions to build a safer world. This book series gathers review articles that analyze current agricultural issues and knowledge, then propose alternative solutions. It will therefore help all scientists, decision-makers, professors, farmers and politicians who wish to build a safe agriculture, energy and food system for future generations.

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » European Union - Human Health - Organic Fertilisation - Soil Microbes - Soil Quality

Related subjects » Agriculture

Table of contents 

Convergence or divide in the movement for sustainable and just agriculture; Miguel A Altieri
No-till agriculture in the USA; Jared Margulies
Organic fertilizers in sub-Saharan farming systems; Jonas N. Chianu
Biofuel Production Byproducts as Soil Amendments; Khaled D. Alotaibi
Pseudomonas and microbes for disease-suppressive soils; Yvan Moënne-Loccoz
Conservation Tillage Impact on Soil Aggregation, Organic Matter Turnover and Biodiversity; Tek Bahadur Sapkota
Sustainable agricultural NP turnover in the 27 European countries; Péter Csathó
Tomato production for human health, not only for food; Reza Ghorbani
Jute biology, diversity, cultivation, pest control, fiber production and genetics; Sandipan Chowdhury
Decision Support Systems for Agrotechnology Transfer; Reshmi Sarkar
Plant growth retardants and mineral fertilisers for cotton; Zakaria M. Sawan

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