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.
- 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.
Table of Contents
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
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
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
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
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
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.