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Crop Ecology:  Productivity and Management in Agricultural Systems

Crop Ecology: Productivity and Management in Agricultural Systems
R.S. Loomis and D.J. Connor
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1992
S589.7 .L66 1992

The "production processes" of crops and pastures - photosynthesis and use of water and nutrients in fields - provide the unifying theme of this new text on the ecology of crop production. This book provides a unique combination of great breadth and depth in its treatment of production processes and systems problems. The approach is explanatory and integrative, with a firm basis in environmental physics, soils, physiology, and morphology. Systems concepts are introduced early and expanded as the book proceeds, giving emphasis to quantitative approaches, to management strategies and tactics employed by farmers, and to environmental issues. The systems approach is brought together in the final chapters, where production and nutrient cycling are analyzed, drawing on examples from American and Australian farms. The concluding chapter looks at trends in population growth and food supply and considers how the challenges of an uncertain future can be met.

Crop Ecology is based on courses taught by the authors in the United States and Australia, and is designed for use as a text for an introductory course in crop ecology (advanced undergraduate and graduate level). It is more than a text, however. Given the wide range of subjects, the authors have integrated reference and background material to create a "stand-alone" reference work useful to a wide audience among agriculturalists.

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