Production Practices and Quality Assessment of Food Crops

Plant Mineral Nutrition and Pesticide Management

Editors: Dris, Ramdane, Jain, S. Mohan (Eds.)

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Plants require nutrients in order to grow, develop and complete their life cycle. Mineral fertilizers, and hence the fertilizer industry, constitute one of the most imp- tant keys to the world food supplies. There is growing concern about the safety and quality of food. Carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, which, together with nitrogen, form the structural matter in plants, are freely available from air and water. Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, on the other hand, may not be present in quantities or forms sufficient to support plant growth. In this case, the absence of these nut- ents constitutes a limiting factor. The supply of nutrients to the plants should be balanced in order to maximise the efficiency of the individual nutrients so that these meet the needs of the particular crop and soil type. For example, it should be noted that EU-wide regulations are not designed to govern the specific details of mineral fertilizer use. Although plants receive a natural supply of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium from organic matter and soil minerals, this is not usually sufficient to satisfy the demands of crop plants. The supply of nutrients must therefore be supplemented with fertilizers, both to meet the requirements of crops during periods of plant growth and to replenish soil reserves after the crop has been harvested. Pesticides are important in modern farming and will remain indispensable for the foreseeable future.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Environmental and Biological Monitoring of Exposure to Pesticides in Occupationally Exposed Subjects

    Aprea, Cristina

    Pages 1-58

  • Crop Quality Under Adverse Conditions: Importance of Determining the Nutritional Status

    Villora, Gemma (et al.)

    Pages 59-78

  • Phosphorus Management in French Bean (Phaseolus Vulgaris L.)

    Shivananda, T. N. (et al.)

    Pages 79-109

  • Nutrition and Calcium Fertilization of Apple Trees

    Wojcik, Pawel P.

    Pages 111-128

  • Diagnosis, Prediction and Control of Boron Deficiency in Olive Trees

    Tsadilas, Christos D.

    Pages 129-137

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Production Practices and Quality Assessment of Food Crops
Book Subtitle
Plant Mineral Nutrition and Pesticide Management
Editors
  • Ramdane Dris
  • S. Mohan Jain
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-2536-5
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-2536-X
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-1699-8
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6459-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 278
Topics