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Carroll, C. Ronald (Carl Ronald), 1941-
Publication Information:
New York : McGraw-Hill, [1990]

Physical Description:
xiv, 641 pages ; 25 cm.
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Emerging from the disciplines of agriculture, ecology, anthropology and rural sociology, agroecology has evolved due to a worldwide increase in farm production along with growing concerns about the environment. In 23 essays, specialists examine such issues as world hunger and population, plant domestication, the ecological impact of modern agriculture, the effects of ocean currents, and energy resources. The range of topics is calculated to provide an overview of the field, offer an introduction to main currents of thought, and engender a critical attitude with regard to both the scientific and the sociopolitical aspects of the field. For students and researchers in agriculture and ecology. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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The 32 contributors to this book represent internationally recognized educational and scientific institutions. The volume starts with an overview of agroecology, including hunger and human population density. Also discussed are the physical and biological features within an agroecology system and how they have evolved, including diffusion of technology over time, social relations that have affected modern agriculture, and energy utilization. A discussion follows on plant ecology and how it relates to agriculture, including physiological aspects, and plant population ecology, plus the interaction between plants and other organisms and the basic biology of plant pathogens. Herbivory and the relationship that may exist in biological communities precedes a look at the more practical aspects of agroecology systems, including such management questions as the relationship between natural and agricultural lands, the management of nitrogen, and integrated pest management. Ways in which genetic changes can influence programs, intercropping and preservation of germplasm, and research in agricultural systems close the book. There is a moderate amount of specialized terminology, but, in general, the book reads well and is well documented. Since agroecology is a very new area of agricultural concern, this will probably become one of the foundation books for this developing discipline. Each chapter has its own set of references, usually fairly extensive. Will be most useful to graduate students and professionals. -H. W. Ockerman, The Ohio State University