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The Resource List of the Week – Agriculture

This week, our Resource List of the Week concentrates on Agriculture. Before starting, let’s give a definition to his topic.

What is Agriculture?

According to Merriam Webster, Agriculture can be defined as

“ the science, art, or practice of cultivating the soil, producing crops, and raising livestock and in varying degrees the preparation and marketing of the resulting products”

To better understand the topic, we suggest you read the following titles and resources.

1.Crop Production and Crop Protection – Oerke, E.C., Dehne, H.W., and Schönbeck, F.

Crop Production and Crop Protection

The objective of this title is to provide information, which can be used as a basis for evaluating the fragile and shaky structure of global food production. Furthermore, it analyses the data by region and intensity of cultivation. Also, it presents information about yield response, giving some indication of the health of the plants.  The title is invaluable to all plant and crop scientists as well as to agriculturalists.

2.The Science of Animal Agriculture – Herren, R.

The Science of Animal Agriculture

This book is an ideal introduction to basic scientific concepts involved in the production of agricultural animals. Firstly, it explores key scientific principles while emphasizing their practical applications and clearly demonstrating the integral connections between science and agriculture. Secondly, it explains the biological processes including reproduction, growth and development of the animals, as well as their behaviour. Then, it focuses on production-related topics such as nutrition, disease, and the latest news in animal biotechnology. Thirdly, the author also addresses key issues in today’s agricultural industry, such as animal welfare, consumer concerns, and environmental considerations, providing further insights to prepare learners for career success.

3. Veterinary Guide to Animal Breeds – Vanhorn, B.

Veterinary Guide to Animal Breeds

This title offers a comprehensive reference for accurately recognizing small, exotic, and large breeds of animals. Furthermore, it includes detailed photographs to aid in identification, as well as provide important information for delivering veterinary care. Some of the other features of this book include information targeted at daily veterinary practice and access to a companion website offering teaching materials.

4. Handbook of Farm, Dairy and Food Machinery Engineering- Kutz, M.

Handbook of Farm, Dairy and Food Machinery Engineering

This book is an essential reference for engineers who need to understand aspects of the food industry from farm machinery, to food storage facilities. Firstly, this book is vital to those who design and build machinery and processing equipment as well as shipping containers, and packaging and storage equipment. Secondly, It includes detailed information on microwave vacuum application in grain processing, cacao processing, fruit and vegetable processing, ohmic heating of meat, facility design, closures for glass containers, double seaming, and much more.

5. Soils, Land and Food – Wild, A.

Soils, Land and Food

This title addresses a major challenge of the twenty-first century, which is ensuring sufficient global food production to cope with the ever-increasing world population. It is aimed at undergraduates, graduates, agricultural scientists, and policymakers as it describes how technological approaches to soil management can increase and sustain the food production.

6. Farmers Weekly 

This website is a vital resource aimed at the British farming industry. It provides news, business features and a weekly digest of facts and figures about British, European and world agriculture. Also, it provides reports on technical developments, farm sales, and analysis of prices within the Livestock, Arable and Machinery sections.

7. MDPI Agriculture 

This is an international, scientific peer-reviewed open access journal published monthly online by MDPI. It highlights valuable research surrounding agriculture.

8. The Journal of Agricultural science

This Journal publishes papers concerned with the advance of agriculture and the use of land resources throughout the world. It publishes original scientific work related to strategic and applied studies in all aspects of agricultural science and exploited species, as well as reviews of scientific topics of current agricultural relevance.

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