© 2011

Biodiversity, Biofuels, Agroforestry and Conservation Agriculture

  • Eric Lichtfouse
  • Presents a list of advanced biofuels to counter climate change

  • Gives a list of farming practices that favour carbon sequestration

  • Describes several methods of conservation tillage to improve dryland soils


Part of the Sustainable Agriculture Reviews book series (SARV, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Dariush Hayati, Zahra Ranjbar, Ezatollah Karami
    Pages 73-100
  3. Enrico Ceotto, Mario Di Candilo
    Pages 101-122
  4. F. Moreno, J. L. Arrúe, C. Cantero-Martínez, M. V. López, J. M. Murillo, A. Sombrero et al.
    Pages 175-193
  5. Surya P. Bhattarai, David J. Midmore, Ninghu Su
    Pages 253-286
  6. Mritunjay Majumder, Awadhesh Kumar Shukla, Ayyanadar Arunachalam
    Pages 287-315
  7. Sushil K. Sharma, Aketi Ramesh, Mahaveer P. Sharma, Om Prakash Joshi, Bram Govaerts, Kerri L. Steenwerth et al.
    Pages 317-358
  8. A. Rigueiro-Rodríguez, M. Rois-Díaz, M. R. Mosquera-Losada
    Pages 359-373
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 375-391

About this book


Sustainable agriculture is a rapidly growing field aiming at producing food and energy in a sustainable way for humans and their children. Sustainable agriculture is a discipline that addresses current issues such as climate change, increasing food and fuel prices, poor-nation starvation, rich-nation obesity, water pollution, soil erosion, fertility loss, pest control, and biodiversity depletion. Novel, environmentally-friendly solutions are proposed based on integrated knowledge from sciences as diverse as agronomy, soil science, molecular biology, chemistry, toxicology, ecology, economy, and social sciences. Indeed, sustainable agriculture decipher mechanisms of processes that occur from the molecular level to the farming system to the global level at time scales ranging from seconds to centuries. For that, scientists use the system approach that involves studying components and interactions of a whole system to address scientific, economic and social issues. In that respect, sustainable agriculture is not a classical, narrow science. Instead of solving problems using the classical painkiller approach that treats only negative impacts, sustainable agriculture treats problem sources. Because most actual society issues are now intertwined, global, and fast-developing, sustainable agriculture will bring solutions to build a safer world. This book series gathers review articles that analyze current agricultural issues and knowledge, then propose alternative solutions. It will therefore help all scientists, decision-makers, professors, farmers and politicians who wish to build a safe agriculture, energy and food system for future generations.


Agriculture Agroecology Climate Change Environment Soil Science

Editors and affiliations

  • Eric Lichtfouse
    • 1
  1. 1.INRA-CMSE-PMEDijonFrance

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Chemical Manufacturing
Consumer Packaged Goods


From the reviews:

“This is a useful wide-ranging book covering many areas of interest to the thinking agriculturalist of the 21st century operating on a global scale. … It includes a section on argo-ecology in the curriculum that educationalists will find of interest. The book is well referenced throughout as one has come to expect from the series and it is a useful addition to its partner volumes.” (Keith Dawson, Experimental Agriculture, Vol. 47 (4), 2011)