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Principles of Tropical Agron : Cab International Publication - Sayed Azam-Ali

Principles of Tropical Agron

Cab International Publication

Paperback Published: 17th December 2001
ISBN: 9780851991368
Number Of Pages: 256

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As populations continue to grow in tropical countries, there is an ever increasing pressure to produce more food from less land, while at the same time maintaining the quality of the environment. This textbook integrates research in agronomy, physiology, environmental physics and soil science to provide a framework for analyzing practical problems associated with crop production in tropical environments. The impact of essential resources, such as solar radiation and water, are discussed and research findings are used to illustrate solutions to real challenges. The book will serve as a core textbook for advanced undergraduate courses in agronomy.

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Contextsp. 1
The boundaries, scale and scope of agronomyp. 1
The broad dominance of climatep. 3
The influence of soil and topographyp. 12
Climates, crops, soils, peoplep. 16
Agronomic experiment and analysisp. 17
Resource Flows and Currencies
Solar Radiationp. 23
The solar spectrum and plant processesp. 23
The fate of radiation in crop systemsp. 29
Conclusionsp. 36
Waterp. 37
The hydrological cyclep. 37
Soil water energyp. 38
Plant water energyp. 44
Evaporationp. 45
The fate of water in crop systemsp. 49
Conclusionsp. 52
Essential Choices: Genotype, Timing, Configuration
Genotype (What?)p. 53
Evolution and genetic manipulationp. 54
Characteristics of the main crop typesp. 66
Genetic modification within speciesp. 74
Conclusionsp. 83
Timing (When?)p. 85
Characteristics of timing in cropsp. 85
Development and resource capturep. 88
Environmental control of timingp. 89
Regulation of timing by management and choice of cultivarp. 98
Conclusionsp. 104
Configuration (How?)p. 107
Plant populationp. 108
Mixed croppingp. 115
Calculating the performance of intercropsp. 124
Conclusionsp. 127
Manipulating fluxesp. 129
A simple frame of referencep. 129
Empirical input--yield responsesp. 132
Understanding the input--yield responsep. 137
Scale and integration: extending the principlesp. 146
Synthesisp. 151
Some major developments in agricultural researchp. 151
Assessing the potential of underutilized crops: a case study of bambara groundnutp. 170
The status and contribution of agronomyp. 186
Referencesp. 197
Appendix Ip. 211
Indexp. 233
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ISBN: 9780851991368
ISBN-10: 085199136X
Series: Cab International Publication
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 17th December 2001
Publisher: CAB INTL
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.33 x 17.17  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.45

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