new books in agriculture

51vwth55msl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Farmer Research Groups: institutionalizing participatory agricultural research in Ethiopia, edited by Alemu et al.

S473 E8 F37x 2016, Parks Library Tier 2

Farmer Research Groups reviews the history of participatory agricultural research, particularly in Ethiopia. It introduces cases of research conducted by FRGs in Ethiopia both successful and less successful and describes how issues of research quality, technology dissemination, effectiveness and efficiency are dealt with. Finally, it summarizes the lessons learned and indicates how participatory agricultural research might be applied in sub-Sahara Africa.

This book is essential reading for agricultural researchers, extension workers and agricultural policy makers in government departments, universities, research institutions and NGOs, as well as students and lecturers studying participatory methodologies.”



9781771883900Micro Irrigation Management: technological advances and their applications, edited by Megh Goyal

S619 T74 M525 2017, Parks Library Tier 2

Micro Irrigation Management: Technological Advances and Their Applications, the fifth book in the Innovations and Challenges in Micro Irrigation book series, is a valuable reference volume on micro irrigation and water management for professional training institutes, technical agricultural centers, irrigation centers, agricultural extension service, and other agencies who work with micro irrigation programs.

With an international focus, this new book focuses on applications of solar energy in micro irrigation and other important technological advances. It includes case studies and illustrative examples on drip irrigation design. Divided into several sections, the book covers estimations of evapotranspiration, estimations of soil properties, management of micro irrigation systems, and field evaluation of micro irrigation systems. Specific topics include:

  • evapotranspiration estimations using the Penman-Monteith method
  • evapotranspiration of woody landscape plants
  • evaporation and seepage losses from dug-out-type farm ponds
  • dielectric mixing models for estimating soil moisture content for translating meteorological patterns into infra-red signaling for variable dispensation in crop irrigation systems
  • maximizing profits by using different planting geometry under micro irrigation
  • design of lateral lines
  • potential problems in drip irrigation systems

This valuable reference compendium provides important information to help engineers and others explore new advances in micro irrigation design to solve the water scarcity problems in water management and will advance the understanding of principles of solar energy and photovoltaic solar pump.

416i1xan8jl-_sx326_bo1204203200_Plant Biochemistry: An introduction, by J. Dharmapalan

QK 861 D43x 2016, Parks Library Floor 2

An Introduction opens with an introductory chapter on metabolism and how the metabolic processes are compartmentalized to generate diverse metabolites in plants and discusses bioenergetics followed by introduction to plant cell structure and major bimoleculars, highlighting major primary metabolic processes like photosynthesis, respiration, carbohydrate, nitrogen, lipid and nucleic acid metabolism with reference to higher plants. This is followed by secondary metabolites and the transporters involved in their transport. Details of economic importance of secondary metabolites like Alkaloids, Phenolics, Terpeniods, Cyanogenic glucosides, and non-protein amino acids and their biosynthesis are also discussed. The chapter on in vitro production of secondary metabolites introduces various in vitro methods like suspension culture, hairy root culture, biotransformation and use of bioreactor for large scale manufacture of metabolites. Plant Growth Regulators that provide and overview of various compounds involved in the growth and development of plants are also discussed. Finally techniques routinely used in the phytochemical studies make the book an ideal text not only for graduates but also for researchers interested in understanding the basics of plant metabolism. This book is written primarily for the undergraduate and graduate level students who wish to gain insight into the plant metabolic process.




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