Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems

Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems, 2nd Edition

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Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems, 2nd Edition,Neal K. Van Alfen,ISBN9780444525123

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This five-volume reference work comprehensively covers the important areas of agriculture and food science, covering methods, practices, and ideas in this growing discipline.

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  • Addresses important challenges of sustainability and efficiency from a global perspective.
  • Takes a detailed look at the important issues affecting the agricultural and food industries today.
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Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems, Second Edition addresses important issues by examining topics of global agriculture and food systems that are key to understanding the challenges we face. Questions it addresses include:

  • Will we be able to produce enough food to meet the increasing dietary needs and wants of the additional two billion people expected to inhabit our planet by 2050?
  • Will we be able to meet the need for so much more food while simultaneously reducing adverse environmental effects of today’s agriculture practices?
  • Will we be able to produce the additional food using less land and water than we use now?

These are among the most important challenges that face our planet in the coming decades. The broad themes of food systems and people, agriculture and the environment, the science of agriculture, agricultural products, and agricultural production systems are covered in more than 200 separate chapters of this work. The book provides information that serves as the foundation for discussion of the food and environment challenges of the world. An international group of highly respected authors addresses these issues from a global perspective and provides the background, references, and linkages for further exploration of each of topics of this comprehensive work.


The core market is academic institutions, particularly those teaching agricultural science, plant science, ecology, environmental science, genetics, molecular biology and soil science. It will also appeal to government officials and think tanks in the areas of agricultural and environmental policy, ecology and sustainability.

Neal K. Van Alfen

Neal Van Alfen is professor of plant pathology at UC Davis. His research focuses on fungal molecular biology with the goal of controlling plant diseases using low-input, sustainable methods such as biological control using fungal viruses. He also has expertise on the effects of air pollution on environmental health, having served as a consultant to industry in this area for 15 years. An elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Phytopathological Society, Van Alfen serves, or has served, on numerous national and international committees and boards, including the Binational Agricultural Research and Development Foundation, a foundation that supports about $ 8 million per year in research for Israeli and U.S. scientists. He is editor of the Annual Review of Phytopathology, the editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems, and on the editorial board of Journal of Integrative Agriculture, the leading agricultural journal of China. He served as president of the American Phytopathological Society, was member-at-large of the Section on Agriculture, Food, and Renewable Resources of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, chaired the National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, chaired the Administrative Heads Section of the American Public and Land Grant Universities. Van Alfen served as dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis from 1999 - 2012 during which he led a three-fold increase of extramural research support per faculty member, created a number of research and outreach centers and institutes, including the Agricultural Sustainability Institute, the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, and the Center for Produce Safety. He led fund raising efforts that resulted in creation of 14 new endowed chairs for faculty and resulted in the construction of a $ 100 million academic center for food and beverage research and education. The UC Davis agricultural, food and environmental science programs are routinely ranked among the best in the world. He previously served as head of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Texas A&M University; professor of biology and molecular biology and biochemistry and Cooperative Extension Specialist, Utah State University; and plant pathology research scientist, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven. Prior to earning a doctoral degree in plant pathology from UC Davis, Van Alfen earned bachelor’s (chemistry) and master’s (botany) degrees from Brigham Young University.

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University of California, Davis, USA

Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems, 2nd Edition

1. Climate change: agriculture vulnerability, economics, adaptation

2. Climate change: agricultural mitigation

3. Climate change: cropping system changes and adaptions

4. Climate change: pest and disease

5. Climate change: new breeding pressures and goals

6. Climate change: animal systems

9. Mathematical Models to Elaborate Plans for Adaptation of Rural Communities to Climate Change

11. Environmental service issues: markets

13. Biodiversity: Ecosystem services in agroecosystems

16. Biodiversity: Genebanks

19. Biodiversity: Conserving biodiversity in agroecosystems

20. Pollination

21. Agroforestry: Practices and Systems

22. Agroforestry: Fertilizer trees

23. Agroforestry: Fodder trees

25. Agroforestry: Participatory tree domestication

26. Agroforestry: Public private partnerships

28. Agroforestry: Hydrological impacts

29. Eco-agriculture

30. Agroforestry: Complex multi-strata agriculture

31. Multi-functional agriculture

32. Green movement and agriculture

240. Climate change: horticulture

241. Climate change: water and irrigation

242. Pesticide risk reduction

243. Ecological infrastructure, natural capital and ecosystem services

247. Agroforestry: Conservation trees and erosion prevention

33. Food Security Topics

35. Food security: post-harvest losses

36. Food security: biosecurity

37. Food security: yield gap

39. Food security: development strategies

43. Regulatory conventions and institutions that govern global trade

41. Institutions: International and Regional Institutions and Instruments for Agricultural Policy, Research and Development

45. Agricultural research, levels, trends and returns

46. Agricultural research: Institutions

47. Food safety: traceability/tracking

48. Food safety: food-borne diseases

49. Food safety: emerging pathogens

50. Food safety: shelf-life extension technologies (thermal/non-thermal)

51. Food safety: street food

52. Food safety: food analysis technologies/techniques

53. Food Law

213. Biotechnology: Global Adoption

57. Food processing: energy and greenhouse gases emissions

58. Food chemistry

59. Food microbiology

60. Food engineering

61. Food labeling

62. Consumer choices: drivers of food development

63. Food Packaging

64. Food toxicology

65. Sensory science

66. Human nutrition: Malnutrition and diet

67. Human Nutrition: Elucidating bioactivity and health properties of recently discovered food components: glycolipids, oligosaccharides, peptides

71. Human nutrition: mineral and vitamin deficiencies, secondary metabolites

77. Land use: management as water sheds

79. Land use: agriculture and urbanization challenges

80. Land use: rehabilitation and restoration

81. Land use: new lands for agriculture

82. Land use: management for biodiversity and conservation

83. Water use: water supply conflicts and challenges for the future

84. Water use: recycling and desalinization for agriculture

85. Water: water quality challenges from agriculture

86. Water: footprint of food production and processing

87. Water: advanced irrigation technologies

88. Air: green house gases from agriculture

89. Air: dust pollution from agriculture

90. Air: confined animal facilities and air qualilty issues

91. Soil: conservation practices

92. Soil: introduction to soil science

93. Soil: carbon sequestration

94. Soil: nutrient cycling

95. Soil: biology

97. Soil: green house gas emissions

256. Soil solarization

98. Social Justice: economic viability of smallholder agriculture

99. Social Justice: preservation of cultures in traditional agriculture

100. Agricultural labor: demand for labor

101. Agricultural labor: supply of labor

102. Agricultural labor: labor market operation

103. Agricultural labor: gender issues

105. Zoonoses

106. Agriculture and intellectual property rights

107. Capacity building in agricultural development

109. Finance and credit

111. Farm management

112. International trade

113. Economics: markets and prices

114. Food marketing

115. Economics: insurance and risk management

116. Structure and organization of agriculture

117. Agribusiness organization and management

118. Global supply chains

119. Agricultural and food policy - US

120. Agricultural policy - international

121. Economics: production

122. Economics: natural and renewable resources

123. Agricultural and rural development -international

124. Regional and community development - US

125. Agricultural cooperatives

126. Computer modeling: firm level decision-making

127. Computer modeling: policy analysis and simulation

128 Ethics and social justice

208. Green Revolution

249. Soil: Soil fertility and plant nutrition

130. Beef cattle

131. Dairy animals

133. Aquaculture in Asia

134. Swine

135. Horses

141. Fiber crops

142. Forage crops

143. Legumes

144. Tree crops

145. Fruit and nuts

146. Vegetables

147. New and underutilized crops

149. Biofuels

150. Sugar crops

151. Root and tuber crops

152. Medicinal crops

153. Spices and aromatics

154. Fermented Beverages

155. Fermentation: Food products

156. Industrial feedstocks

157. Terroir

158. Organic agricultural production: Animal

159. Organic agricultural production: Plants

160. Small ruminants and small-holder integrated production systems

161. Urban and Peri Urban agriculture

162. Food chain: Farm to Market

163. Food chain: Post harvest handling

165. Plant biotic stress: Diseases

166. Plant biotic stress: Insects

167. Plant biotic stress: Parasitic plants

168. Plant biotic stress: Nematodes

169. Plant biotic stress: Weeds

170. Plant abiotic stress: Water

171. Plant abiotic stress: Salt

172. Plant abiotic stress: Temperature extremes

173. Plant health management: Pathogen-tested Planting Material

174. Plant health management: Quarantine and Biosecurity

175. Plant health management: Fruit Tree IPM

176. Plant health management: Biological Control of Insects

177. Plant health management: Biological control of plant pathogens

178. Plant health managament: Insecticides

179. Plant health management: Fungicides and anti-biotics

180. Plant health management: Crop Protection with Nematicides

181. Plant health management: Herbicides

182. Plant health management: Pathogen supressive soils

183. Poultry and avian diseases

184. Animal health: diseases of Large and small ruminants

187. Animal health: Antibiotic global issues

189. Animal health: Vaccinations

191. Animal health: Parasites (endo)

192. Animal health: Parasites (exo)

193. Animal health: Mareks disease and other viruses

194. Animal health: Tuberculosis

195. Animal health: Foot and mouth disease

197. Animal health: Mastitis and MRSA

198. Animal health: enteric

200. Animal health: mycotoxins

201. Emerging and re-emerging diseases of animals

202. Invasive species: Plants

203. Invasive species: Aquatic animals

204. Animal welfare: stress / global issues and perspectives

207. Herd/flock disease management

209. Emerging plant diseases

216. Emerging diseases in South East Asia

250. Plant health management: Soil Fumigation

251. Plant health management: Mineral Nutrition and Suppression of Plant Disease

210. Genomics: Tools and resources (bioinformatics)

211. Genomics: Plant genetic improvement

212. Genomics: Animals

56. Food safety: GMOs

214. Biotechnology: Food composition engineering

215. Biotechnology: Pharming

217. Biotechnology: BT

218. Biotechnology: Herbicide resistances

219. Plant Virus Control by Gene Silencing

220. Advances in Animal Biotechnology

221. Transgenic methodologies

222. Cloning Animals by Somatic Cell Nuclear Transplantation

223. Cloning: Plants - macro-propagation

224. Cloning: Plants - Micro-propagation / tissue culture

225. Breeding: Plants, Traditional

226. Breeding: Plants, Modern

227. Breeding: Plants, Heterosis

228. Breeding: Animals

229. Biotechnology: Regulatory issues

230. Domestication: Animals

231. Domestication: Plants

232. Agriculture: History

233. Computer Modeling: Applications to agriculture

234. Weather forecasting applications in agriculture

235. Precision agriculture

236. Mechanizaton of agriculture

239. Stem cell technology

246. Computer Modelling: Applications to the Environment and Food Security

248. Biotechnology: Plant protection

252. Agbiotechnology: costs/benefits of GMOs, the case of papaya

253. Rural Sociology

254. Agricultural Law

Quotes and reviews

"...an excellent resource for all libraries supporting programs in agricultural sciences, food sciences, environmental science, genetics, soil sciences, and sustainability…Summing up: Highly Recommended"--CHOICE Reviews Online, February 2015

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