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Organic Farming

New Advances Towards Sustainable Agricultural Systems

  • C. Sarath Chandran
  • Sabu Thomas
  • M. R. Unni
  • Broadens understanding of organic farming practices for sustainable agriculture

  • Sheds new light on recent agricultural advances, innovations and challenges

  • Examines the adaptation of organic farming to climate change


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. S. Sivaranjani, Amitava Rakshit
    Pages 1-9
  3. Shabeg S. Briar, Patrick M. Carr, Greta G. Gramig, Fabian D. Menalled, Perry R. Miller
    Pages 11-23
  4. Thomas H. DeLuca, Si Gao
    Pages 25-49
  5. K. Usha, Pankaj Kumar, B. Singh
    Pages 51-70
  6. Sarath Chandran C., Sabu Thomas, M. R. Unni
    Pages 71-87
  7. A. K. M. Ahsan Kabir
    Pages 89-108
  8. P. K. Borthakur, R. K. Bhattacharyya, Utpal Das
    Pages 109-134
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 135-139

About this book


This volume provides an overview of the fundamental concepts and recent advancements in organic farming, a form of agriculture that is increasing rapidly in popularity. Readers will discover information on the history of organic farming, environmental friendly practices and challenges, and innovations in the field.

The chapter authors analyze pertinent aspects of this integrated farming system including strategies to improve seed quality, methods to improve soil fertility, and the advantages of using organic fertilizers. Particular attention is also given to weed management practices, bioenergy production and insights into the ways organic farming can adapt to global climate change and build sustainable food systems for future generations. Scientists, decision-makers, professors, and farmers who wish to work towards making agricultural systems more sustainable will find this book appealing.  


sustainability in organic farming organic fertilizers crop rotation biofertilizers pest and disease control integrated weed management weed population dynamics global food security organic agriculture organic livestock farms water recycling biochar Climate change management

Editors and affiliations

  • C. Sarath Chandran
    • 1
  • Sabu Thomas
    • 2
  • M. R. Unni
    • 3
  1. 1.Inter University Centre for Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture (IUCOFSA)Mahatma Gandhi UniversityKottayamIndia
  2. 2.Nanoscience and NanotechnologyMahatma Gandhi UniversityKottayamIndia
  3. 3.Inter University Centre for Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture (IUCOFSA)Mahatma Gandhi UniversityKottayamIndia

About the editors

Dr. Sarath Chandran C. is a Research Associate at the Inter University Centre for Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture in Kerala, India.

Dr. Sabu Thomas is Professor of Polymer Science & Engineering at the School of Chemical Sciences and Director of the International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at Mahatma Gandhi University in Kerala, India.

Mr. M. R. Unni is the Director of the Inter University Centre for Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture (IUCOFSA) and Registrar (Mahatma Gandhi University) in Kerala, India.

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