1st Edition

Sustainable Agriculture Advances in Technological Interventions

Edited By Ajoy Kumar Singh, Vishwa Bandhu Patel Copyright 2021
    580 Pages 9 Color & 72 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    580 Pages 9 Color & 72 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    580 Pages 9 Color & 72 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    This new volume looks at the evolution and challenges of sustainable agriculture, a field that is growing in use and popularity, discussing some of the important ideas, practices, and policies that are essential to an effective sustainable agriculture strategy. The book features 25 chapters written by experts in crop improvement, natural resource management, crop protection, social sciences, and product development. The volume provides a good understanding of the use of sustainable agriculture and the sustainable management of agri-horticultural crops, focusing on eco-friendly approaches, such as the utilization of waste materials. Topics include ecofriendly plant protection measures, climate change and natural resource management, tools to mitigate the effect of extreme weather events, agrochemical research and regulation, soil carbon sequestration, water and nutrient management in agricultural systems, and more.

    Key features:

    • Discusses sustainable agriculture within the framework of recent challenges in agriculture

    • Looks at the development and diversification of crops and cultural practices to enhance biological and economic stability

    • Discusses innovative nanotechnologies in research and production technologies

    • Highlights the development of new varieties in agri-horticultural crops

    • Discusses use of recent technologies for soil–plant–microbe–environment interactions.

    Part 1: Crop Improvement

    1. Genetic Improvement of Major Cereals in Prospect to Bihar State

    P. K. Singh, Anand Kumar, and Ravi Ranjan Kumar

    2. Status, Opportunities, and Challanges of Spice Research and Development

    Sangeeta Shree and Paramveer

    3. Perspective of Plantation Crops with Special Reference to Coconut and Palmyra

    Ruby Rani, V. B. Patel, and H. P. Maheshwarappa

    4. Overview of the Floriculture Sector: Performance, Problems, and Prospects

    Paramveer Singh, Sangeeta Shree, and Ajay Bhardwaj

    Part 2: Natural Resource Management

    5. Climate Change and Natural Resource Management

    Suborna Roy Choudhury and Syed Sheraz Mahdi

    6. Soil Carbon Sequestration: Particular Reference to Bihar

    Rajeev Padbhushan, Anupam Das, and Swaraj Kumar Dutta

    7. Agromet Advisory Services: Tool to Mitigate the Effect of Extreme Weather Events

    Sunil Kumar

    8. Soil Pollution: Studies with Specific Reference to Bihar

    M. K. Dwivedi et al.

    9. Nanotechnology in Agricultural Science

    Nintu Mandal, Kasturikasen Beura, and Abhijeet Ghatak

    10. Endomycorrhizal Fungi: Phosphorous Nutrition in Crops

    Mahendra Singh, Rajiv Rakshit, and Kasturikasen Beura

    11. Water Management in Horticultural Crops

    K. Karuna and Abhay Mankar

    12. Orchard Floor Management

    Manoj Kundu

    13. High-Density Planting in Fruit Crops for Enhancing Fruit Productivity

    V. K. Tripathi et al.

    14. Enriching Vermicompost Using P-Solubilizing and N-Fixing Biofertilizers and Eco-Friendly Low-Cost Minerals

    Arun Kumar Jha

    15. Protected Horticulture in India: An Overview

    Paramveer Singh, Ajay Bhardwaj, and Randhir Kumar

    16. Use of Fly Ash in Agriculture

    Sankar Ch. Paul

    17. Natural Resource Management and Land Use Planning

    C. D. Choudhary et al.

    Part 3: Crop Protection

    18. Plant Disease Management through Application of Nanoscience

    Abhijeet Ghatak

    19. Status of Insect Pests of Cereals in India and Their Management

    Anil and Tarak Nath Goswami

    20. Major Insect Pests of Vegetable Crops in Bihar and their Management

    Tamoghna Saha, Nithya Chandran, and B. C. Anu

    21. Emerging Viral Diseases of Vegetable Crops: An Outline and Sustainable Management

    Mohammad Ansar, A. Srinivasaraghavan, and Aniruddha Kumar Agnihotri

    22. Advancement of Agrochemical Research & Regulation

    Pritam Ganguly

    Part 4: Product Development and Extension Education

    23. An Appraisal on Quality Honey Production

    Ramanuj Vishwakarma and Ranjeet Kumar

    24. Institutional Outreach through Innovative Approaches

    Aditya and R. K. Sohane

    25. Empowering Rural Youth through Agripreneurship

    Ram Datt


    Ajoy Kumar Singh, PhD, is a Vice-Chancellor of Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour, India. He also served as Principal Scientist and Director at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research institutions. Dr. Singh worked extensively on diara land development and cropping systems, farming systems, and on-farm research under varied agro-climatic zones. As Zonal Co-ordinator (Zone II), Zonal Project Director, and Director, Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Kolkata, Dr. Singh monitored, evaluated, and guided 83 Krishi Vigyan Kendra (Farm Science Centers) spread across the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Eastern India. He is a recipient of several national awards, including life-time achievement awards from five different organizations.

    Vishwa Bandhu Patel, PhD, is Principal Scientist at the Division of Fruits and Horticultural Technology, Indian Council of Agricultural Research–Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India. He was a University Professor and Chairman, Dept. of Horticulture, as well as Associate Director of Research at Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour (Bihar). He is associated with the development of five varieties and several production technologies in fruit crops. Dr. Patel has received a number of national awards for his work in the field of horticulture research and development.