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Alternative Farming Systems, Biotechnology, Drought Stress and Ecological Fertilisation

  • Eric Lichtfouse
  • Presents novel, nature-inspired concepts for safe food production

  • Explains environmental benefits of transgenic corn

  • Describes advanced techniques to reclame polluted, eroded and arid soils


Part of the Sustainable Agriculture Reviews book series (SARV, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Siddharth Tiwari, Roger R. Youngman
    Pages 15-37
  3. Mehboob-ur-Rahman, Muhammmad Asif, Tayyaba Shaheen, Nabila Tabbasam, Yusuf Zafar, Andrew H. Paterson
    Pages 39-76
  4. Sophie Pascal-Lorber, François Laurent
    Pages 77-105
  5. Víctor Hugo Durán Zuazo, Carmen Rocío Rodríguez Pleguezuelo, Dennis Flanagan, Iván García Tejero, José Luis Muriel Fernández
    Pages 107-192
  6. Ahmad M. Alqudah, Nezar H. Samarah, Russell E. Mullen
    Pages 193-213
  7. György Füleky, Szilveszter Benedek
    Pages 215-243
  8. Mohd. Sayeed Akhtar, Zaki. A. Siddiqui, Andres Wiemken
    Pages 263-292
  9. Om Parkash Choudhary, Stephen Richards Grattan, Paramjit Singh Minhas
    Pages 293-318
  10. Geetanjali Kaushik, M. A. Khalid
    Pages 319-344
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 345-354

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

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From the reviews:

“This series of books collates review articles to provide scientists, policy makers and producers with a sound knowledge-base of current agricultural issues and to introduce novel, environmentally friendly solutions that pave the way for developing sustainable agricultural systems. … We found of most interest the review of sustainable land use and agricultural soils that considers the temporal and spatial scale. It postulates the importance of indicators of soil quality … .” (Susanne Padel and Jo Smith, Experimental Agriculture, Vol. 47 (4), 2011)