1st Edition

Nature Farming and Microbial Applications

    418 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Produce more abundant, high-quality crops with the information you'll find in this book!

    Recent concerns over environmental pollution and food quality degradation caused by the excessive use of chemicals have prompted scientists and policymakers to re-evaluate modern agricultural processes and search for alternatives that will aid in the production of healthy foods and the protection of our environment. Nature Farming and Microbial Applications summarizes current research in the field, highlighting unique practices such as the use of microbial inoculants and various alternatives to chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

    The principles of nature farming, as set forth by Japanese philosopher Mokichi Okada, must fulfill these requirements:

    • producing safe and nutritious food that promotes good health
    • providing economic and spiritual benefits to both producers and consumers
    • being sustainable and easily practiced
    • conserving and protecting the environment
    • producing sufficient high-quality food for an expanding world population

      To this end, Nature Farming and Microbial Applications addresses issues of concern to organic farmers, including:
    • soil fertility
    • pest control
    • effective microorganisms
    • photosynthesis
    • transpiration
    • plant-water relations
    • stress resistance of growing crops

      This well-referenced volume contains unique and original methods of modeling and analysis. It will be used again and again as a reference source for students and researchers.

    • Preface
    • Nature Farming: History, Principles and Perspectives
    • Classical Farming Systems of China
    • Production and Application of Organic Materials as Fertilizers
    • Biological Practices and Soil Conservation in Southern China
    • Ecosystem Immunity of a Strategy for Controlling Insect Pests in a Biotic Community
    • Long-Term Changes in the Soil Properties and Soil Macrofauna and Mesofauna of an Agricultural Field in Northern Japan During Transition from Chemical-Intensive Farming to Nature Farming
    • Phytophthora Resistance of Organic-Fertilized Tomato Plants
    • Evaluating Soil Organic Matter Changes Induced by Reclamation
    • Organic Wastes for Improving Soil Physical Properties and Enhancing Plant Growth in Container Substrates
    • 'Kachiwari'--A Disease Resistant and Nature Farming Adaptable Pumpkin Variety
    • Nature Farming Practices for Apple Production in Japan
    • Effects of Organic Farming Practices on Photosynthesis, Transpiration and Water Relations, and Their Contributions to Fruit Yield and the Incidence of Leaf-Scorch in Pear Trees
    • Soil-Root Interface Water Potential in Sweet Corn as Affected by Organic Fertilizater and a Microbial Inoculant
    • Biological Control of Common Bunt (Tilletia tritici)
    • Effects of Organic Fertilizers and a Microbial Inoculant on Leaf Photosynthesis and Fruit Yield and Quality of Tomato Plants
    • Effects of a Microbial Inoculant and Organic Fertilizers on the Growth, Photosynthesis and Yield of Sweet Corn
    • Use of Effective Microorganisms to Suppress Malodors of Poultry Manure
    • Effects of a Microbial Inoculant, Organic Fertilization and Chemical Fertilizer on Water Stress Resistance of Sweet Corn
    • Effect of a Microbial Inoculant on Stomatal Responses of Maize Leaves
    • Modeling Photosynthesis Decline of Excised Leaves of Sweet Corn Plants Grown with Organic and Chemical Fertilization
    • Properties and Applications of an Organic Fertilizer Inoculated with Effective Microorganisms
    • Effect of Organic Fertilizer and Effective Microorganisms on Growth, Yield and Quality of Paddy-Rice Varieties
    • Effect of Microbial Inoculation on Soil Microorganisms and Earthworm Communities: A Preliminary Study
    • Mycorrhizal Associations and Their Manipulation for Long-Term Agricultural Stability and Productivity
    • Nature Farming with Vesicular-Arbuscular Mycohizae in Bangladesh
    • Effects of Organic and Chemical Fertilizers and Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Inoculation on Growth and Quality of Cucumber and Lettuce
    • Nodulation Status and Nitrogenase Activity of Some Legume Tree Species in Bangladesh
    • Application of Microbial Fertilizers in Sustainable Agriculture
    • Beneficial Microorganisms and Metabolites Derived from Agriculture Wastes in Improving Plant health and Protection
    • Approaches to Biological Control of Nematode Pests by Natural Products and Enemies
    • Index
    • Reference Notes Included


    Hiu-lian Xu, Hiroshi Umemura, James F. Parr Jr.