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Agricultural and Animal Sciences Journals and Serials
Richard D. Jensen
031324331X
Jan 1986
Hardcover
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Choice
"This well-organized guide provides a convenient means of identifying the major research-oriented English-language serials. Each of the 362 entries includes a standard list of 23 information items plus a brief narrative describing the scope, purpose, and authority of contributors--usually enough information to describe the usefulness of the serial for individual or institutional needs ... the guide is well done and serves a useful purpose. Recommended for college and university libraries."

Review
“This well-organized guide provides a convenient means of identifying the major research-oriented English-language serials. Each of the 362 entries includes a standard list of 23 information items plus a brief narrative describing the scope, purpose, and authority of contributors--usually...


The Ortho Problem Solver, Sixth Edition (Ortho Problem Solver)
Michael D. Smith (Editor)
0897214943
March 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Revised with the most up-to-date chemical and nonchemical solutions for plant problems encountered throughout North America.

References to banned chemicals such as Dursban and Diazinon have been eliminated.

Colorful, detailed photos and brief analysis help gardeners diagnose each problem.

Problem, analysis, and solution descriptions allow gardeners to quickly identify methods and products to treat their plants, lawn, or garden.

Thumbnail maps show North American locations where problems are likely to occur.

Detailed chemical and non-chemical solutions.



Science Encyclopedia
Steve Parker (Editor)
0760734259
September 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
Over 800 illustrations and photographs. Includes a section with over 80 science experiments and ideas for home reference and school project work.


The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry
Wendell Berry, Norman Wirzba (Editor)
1593760078
August 2003
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Writer and farmer Berry has long been an inspiration to the contemporary agrarian movement and a guiding light to people who care deeply about the health of their land and their communities. In his numerous books of essays, he has thoughtfully and articulately shown how the current consumer-based, profit-driven industrial society not only destroys our natural world but also increasingly harms our social and personal well-being. The 21 essays in this collection, written over the past two decades, provide both a splendid introduction to Berry's work and a stimulating compendium for those already familiar with it. These are beautifully crafted essays, replete with social criticism, righteous anger, moral guidance, and lyrical wording. Above all, they contain a reverence for the beauty and complexity of our natural...


Peterson's Graduate Programs in the Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Agricultural Sciences, the Environment & Natural Resources
Peterson's Guides
0768917417
Nov 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
This mammoth, 6 volume reference series presents complete details on graduate programs across the U.S. Organized by field of study, each presents profiles with degree requirements, enrollment figures, faculty research, deadlines, expenses and much more. This volume contains more than 3,700 programs of study in 52 disciplines of the physical sciences, mathematics, agricultural sciences, the environment, and natural resources. Features and benefits include: * Informative data profiles for more than 3,700 graduate programs in 52 disciplines with facts and figures on accreditation, faculty, students, degree requirements, application deadlines, expenses, financial support and application contacts. * Nearly 200 two-page In-Depth Descriptions written by the institution give complete details on graduate study. * Advice on the...


Silent Spring
Rachel Carson
0618249060
October 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
Silent Spring, released in 1962, offered the first shattering look at widespread ecological degradation and touched off an environmental awareness that still exists. Rachel Carson's book focused on the poisons from insecticides, weed killers, and other common products as well as the use of sprays in agriculture, a practice that led to dangerous chemicals to the food source. Carson argued that those chemicals were more dangerous than radiation and that for the first time in history, humans were exposed to chemicals that stayed in their systems from birth to death. Presented with thorough documentation, the book opened more than a few eyes about the dangers of the modern world and stands today as a landmark work. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
James Trefil
0415937248
January 2001
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Prolific science writer Trefil (physics, George Mason Univ.) is a committed advocate for scientific literacy, as evidenced by works he has coedited (e.g., Dictionary of Cultural Literacy) as well as this one-volume encyclopedia. Here he defines key concepts in nearly 1000 entries, arranged alphabetically and color-coded to indicate whether the topic is related to life science, physical science, or technology. Accessible to the general reader, the articles range widely from AIDS and artificial intelligence to welding and the Zeeman effect. The excellent cross references direct the reader to related articles that cover either more fundamental or more advanced information. Color is used to striking effect not only in the 750 high-quality illustrations but also in headings, highlighted definitions, and...


Plant Lipid Biosynthesis : Fundamentals and Agricultural Applications (Society for Experimental Biology Seminar Series)
John L. Harwood (Editor)
0521620740
November 12, 1998
Hardcover
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Review
'Overall this book provides a valuable review of recent advances in the field of plant lipid biosynthesis. The single contributions are self contained, well-illustrated and referenced and therefore a useful source for up-to-date information. I would recommend the book for every library in plant science institutions and to scientists who are interested in biochemistry/molecular biology of plant lipids or the genetic engineering of plants.' Claus Markstädter, Journal of Experimental Botany
' ... a useful publication for experts or senior graduate students working on plant lipids to survey recent progress in the relevant field'. Ikuo Nishida, Trends in Plant Science
' ... this volume is a useful publication for experts or senior graduate students working on plant lipids to survey recent progress in the relevant field...


CRC Dictionary of Agricultural Sciences
Robert A. Lewis
0849323274
Jan 2002
Hardcover
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Review
"…helpful not only to agricultural researchers but folks working in related fields. The author has taken a very liberal interpretation of 'Agricultural Sciences' but actually it has made for an even more useful reference. …Related fields of biology, botany, chemistry, ecology, horticulture, toxicology, and zoology along with other fields have definitions provided within this book. The coverage makes this book very useful to a variety of users including students, teachers, and professionals in life science fields." - Library News for Zoos and Aquariums, June 2002 "provides a comprehensive coverage of terms connected to agriculture in its widest sense. An eclectic mixture is included and the terms are generally well defined." - Biological Agriculture and Horticulture, 2002 "provides a comprehensive guide to the...


The Backyard Orchardist: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruit Trees in the Home Garden
Stella Otto
0963452037
December 1994
Paperback
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Entomology and Pest Management (5th Edition)
Larry P. Pedigo, Marlin E. Rice
0131525638
May 18, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Ideal for those with little or no background in entomology–this book combines, in a single volume–general principles of entomology and modern principles of insect pest management–including factual details and specific examples. Features up-to-date coverage on environmentally sound insecticides; the Transgenic plant controversy; Pest management systems; Newly released and recently discontinued products and updated insecticides; Current government regulations and labeling of microbial pesticides, plant pesticides and biochemical pesticides; and Developments in genetic engineering and plant bio technology. For those with little or no background in entomology who want a single combined resource of both general entomology and applied aspects.

The publisher, Prentice-Hall...


Statistical Methods for Environmental and Agricultural Sciences
A. Reza Hoshmand
0849331528
Jan 1998
Hardcover
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Review
"This valuable textbook is a useful tool in understanding how to apply and analyse statistical concepts. It is intended for students of agriculture and environmental sciences; however, other workers at agriculture and biology that are imperfectly informed about the statistical methods can use it." -Biologia Planterum, Vol. 44, No. 2, 2001

Book Description
This logically organized book covers the following topics: Part 1 introduces statistical concepts as they apply to different fields of environmental and agriculture sciences and provides descriptive measures of central tendency and variability; Part 2 covers probability and sampling concepts used in inferential statistics; Part 3 presents parametric methods in hypothesis testing, which include research designs; Part 4 discusses a...


Encyclopedia of Water Science (New Dekker Encyclopedias)
B.A. Stewart
0824709489
July 31, 2003
Hardcover
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Review
"…a vast source of information…a convenient update of various technologies and a ready source of new reference materials." -Marvin E. Jensen, Ph.D., Consultant

Book Description
Abounding with figures, images, and illustrations previously unavailable in print publications, the Encyclopedia of Water Science provides instant access to the most effective procedures in agricultural water engineering-unveiling a wide spectrum of design concepts, methodologies, and solutions for enhanced performance of water quality, treatment, conservation, and irrigation methods, as well as improved water efficiency in agricultural programs.


Application of Pesticides to Crops
G. A. Matthews
1860941680
Nov 1999
Hardcover
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Pest Management Focus
"I doubt whether there are many people better qualified than Professor Graham A Matthews to have written it."

Pest Management Science, 2001
"an excellent survey of pest problems and control measures in terms of practical application of pesticides."

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Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market
Eric Schlosser
0618446702
April 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
As much as 10% of the American economy, and perhaps more, is comprised of illegal "underground" enterprises, according to author and Atlantic Monthly correspondent Eric Schlosser. And while this segment is never discussed in the newspaper business pages, Schlosser tackles it with the same in-depth analysis and compulsive readability that made his Fast Food Nation a best seller. Reefer Madness spotlights marijuana, migrant labor, and pornography, three of the most thriving black market industries, and analyzes the often-tenuous place each holds in society as a whole. While each of the three could be the subject of its own book, Schlosser keeps his scope narrow by concentrating on the lives of the participants in the underground economy, especially Mark Young, an Indiana man given a life sentence for participating in a...


Near-Infrared Technology: In the Agricultural and Food Industries
Phil Williams (Editor), Karl Norris (Editor)
1891127241
November 2001
Hardcover
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Application of Pesticides to Crops
G. A. Matthews
1860941753
Aug 1999
Paperback
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Pest Management Focus
"I doubt whether there are many people better qualified than Professor Graham A Matthews to have written it." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Pest Management Science, 2001
"an excellent survey of pest problems and control measures in terms of practical application of pesticides." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Small-Scale Livestock Farming: A Grass-Based Approach for Health, Sustainability and Profit
Carol Ekarius
1580171621
October 1999
Paperback
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From the Back Cover
Starting a small-scale livestock farm? First, you need this book! Yes, you can have a prosperous farm and achieve the lifestyle of your dreams -- and farming expert Carol Ekarius will show you how. Small farms can pay big dividends, Ekarius explains, but hard work alone isn't enough: Success demands knowledge and effective management. Ekarius's natural, organic approach to livestock management produces healthier animals, reduces feed and healthcare costs, and maximizes your profit. Through case studies of successful farmers, nitty-gritty details on every facet of livestock farming, and fascinating insights for working with nature instead of against it, you'll learn to make your farm thrive. Small-Scale Livestock Farming will help you: * Determine what you want from your farming life (even if your farm is simply a...


Octonions, Jordan Algebras, and Exceptional Groups
Tonny A. Springer
3540663371
Jan 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
The 1963 Göttingen notes of T. A. Springer are well-known in the field but have been unavailable for some time. This book is a translation of those notes, completely updated and revised. The part of the book dealing with the algebraic structures is on a fairly elementary level, presupposing basic results from algebra. In the group-theoretical part use is made of some results from the theory of linear algebraic groups. The book will be useful to mathematicians interested in octonion algebras and Albert algebras, or in exceptional groups. It is suitable for use in a graduate course in algebra.

Book Info
The 1963 Gottingen notes of T.A. Springer are well-known in the field but have been unavailable for some time. This is a translation of those notes, completely updated and...


The Global Class War: How America's Bipartisan Elite Lost Our Future - and What It Will Take to Win it Back
Jeff Faux
0471697613
January 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Why, in 1993, did the newly elected Bill Clinton pass the North American Free Trade Agreement, a pro-business measure invented by his political adversaries and opposed by his allies in labor and the environment? The answer, according to Faux, is that Clinton was less devoted to his base than to his fellow elites, rewarding their donations to the Democratic Party with access to Mexico's cheap labor and lax environmental standards. With a fluid grasp of both history and economics, Faux, founder of the Economic Policy Institute, critiques both Democrats and Republicans for protecting transnational corporations "while abandoning the rest of us to an unregulated, and therefore brutal and merciless, global market." Faux describes how free trade and globalization have encouraged businesses to become nationless...


Landscape Irrigation : Design and Management
Stephen W. Smith
0471038245
November 7, 1996
Hardcover
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Book Description
A total, all-in-one guide to modern landscape irrigation strategies, techniques, and hardware

Landscape Irrigation is designed to function as both a professional reference and a junior- to senior-level text for students of landscape architecture, landscape design, and turf management. It is also an excellent study guide for young professionals preparing to take the LARE. Emphasizing water-conserving irrigation design throughout, author Stephen Smith covers all the bases, providing in-depth coverage of: Irrigation methods and components Drawing techniques and presentation Sprinkler and drip irrigation methods and hardware Pipe characteristics and hydraulics Control systems CSI irrigation specifications

Throughout Landscape Irrigation you will find many informative examples of irrigation strategies now...



Against the Grain : How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization
Richard Manning
0865476225
February 15, 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In this controversial and prodigiously researched condemnation of our current and past systems of growing grain, Manning (Food's Frontier: The Next Green Revolution) argues that the major forces that have shaped the world-disease, imperialism, colonialism, slavery, trade, wealth-are all a part of the culture of agriculture. He traces the beginnings of agriculture to the Middle East, where plants were abundant and easily domesticated in coastal areas; hunter-gathers, who became fishermen, formed settlements near river mouths. Manning skillfully details the historical spread of agriculture through the conquest of indigenous peoples and describes how this expansion led to overpopulation, famine and disease in Europe, Asia and Africa. Sugar agriculture was supported by slaves and farming by laborers who grew produce...


Electrotransformation of Bacteria
Natalie Eynard
354066680X
Jan 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
Creating bacteria with modified genetic properties allows the specific investigation of these microorganisms. Electrotransformation is a highly efficient and easy to apply technique to introduce genetic material into bacterial cells. A strong electric field is used for this purpose. In the present manual, protocols for the transformation of about 40 strains of bacteria are described. Emphasis is placed on the individual critical procedural steps, since the practical details mainly depend on the bacterial strain under investigation. This presentation together with the theoretical introductionary chapters, allows the user to modify and adapt each protocol to his/her own experiments. Bacterial strains with relevance in the food industry, biotechnology, medical and veterinary fields, agroindustry and environmental sciences...


After the Ice: A Global Human History 20,000-5000 BC
Steven Mithen
0674015703
September 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Using an unorthodox narrative device, Mithen explores why, how, and where farming displaced hunting and gathering. Mithen conjures John Lubbock, an English author of a once-popular 1865 history of the Stone Age, and sends him back in time to visit dozens of excavation sites around the world as they appeared when inhabited. Lubbock's transcontinental perambulations permit Mithen (a practicing archaeologist who describes his digs in Scotland) to underscore one causal factor in the agricultural revolution: the fluctuations of climate at the end of the last Ice Age. Weather, sea level, and zones of plant and animal life changed dramatically in the 15,000 years of Lubbock's walkabout, and Mithen explains how environmental volatility is scientifically known as he sketches Lubbock observing the various "living" human communities...


Encyclopedia of Agricultural Science, Four-Volume Set
Charles J. Arntzen
0122266706
Jan 1994
Hardcover
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From Booklist
This book fills a niche vacant since the last comprehensive work on this subject, Bailey's Cyclopedia of American Agriculture, was published at the beginning of the century. The most recent comparable work is the 1992 McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, which provides only brief coverage of the field. In format, the work under review is similar to the Encyclopedia of Earth System Science (1992) and the Encyclopedia of Microbiology (1992), also published by Academic Press.The editorial advisory board numbers one Nobel laureate (Norman Borlaug) and seven members of the U.S. Academy of Sciences among its 15 members. Both the subjects of the articles and their authors were nominated by this board and other specialists. All completed articles were subject to peer review. The result...


Secrets of the Soil: A Fascinating Account of Recent Breakthroughs-Scientific and Spiritual-That Can Save Your Garden or Farm
Peter Tompkins, Christopher Bird
0060158174


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From Publishers Weekly
To those who practice it, biodynamic agriculture is almost a religion, in which Rudolph Steiner serves as high priest, his Agricultural Lectures as bible. Steiner's dubious faith calls for packing manure into cow horns, burying it for a specified period, then digging up the mixture and diluting it to manufacture a spray that apparently eliminates chemical poisons commonly added to the soil. Tompkins and Bird, coauthors of The Secret Life of Plants , cite the work of scientists and philosophers such as Steiner to support their extravagant claims; they report on the special qualities of glacial water and efforts to produce it in the laboratory, and tell of a plant breeder who believes that birdsong, music and a natural foliar fertilizer can stimulate plant growth ("sonic bloom"). Such exotic journeys into the...


Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants
Robert Sullivan
1582344779
April 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
In his third book, Robert Sullivan leaves the wilds of the (Meadowlands and the rough whaling waters of the Pacific Northwest to take up rat-watching in the alleys of New York City. Sullivan learned to appreciate the rodents during nocturnal stakeouts; a night-vision scope helped him observe rats without scaring them. As in his previous books, Sullivan uses pointillist details rather than broad portraiture to paint his subject, and the details in Rats are devilish. There are plenty of facts in the book to make your skin crawl, such as a description of the greasy skids rats leave on the paths they frequent, and a list of garbage items they prefer to eat. But Sullivan's style is often less that of a nature writer than a historian. In personable, essayish chapters, New York's history is revealed to be particularly...


Agroecology: Ecological Processes in Sustainable Agriculture
Stephen R. Gliessman
1575040433
November 1, 1997
Hardcover
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Review
"...developing a more ecological approach to food production is urgent...this text is an exciting introduction to achieving this goal..." - Dr. Eugene Odum, Director Emeritus, Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia "The book could provide a very useful reference for the serious farmer as well as students of the relatively new field." --Ecology Action Newsletter, February 2001

Book Description
Agroecology: Ecological Processes in Sustainable Agriculture provides the theoretical and conceptual framework for the study and analysis of agroecosystems. The author builds upon the understanding of the complex factors of the environment as they affect agricultural crops and animals and examines concepts at a systems level, focusing on interactions and interrelationships on the...


Successful Small-Scale Farming: An Organic Approach
Karl Schwenke
0882666428
September 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
This inspiring handbook contains everything small-farm owners need to know, from buying land to organic growing methods and selling cash crops.

From the Back Cover
When I first wrote Successful Small-Scale Farming eleven years ago, writes Karl Schwenke in the preface to this new edition, "an 'organic farmer' was synonymous with a 'lonely hippie troublemaker.' Today he is classed somewhere between a high-priced elitist and an opportunistic liar." So begins this classic guide to organic small-scale agriculture, fully updated and revised for the 1990s -- for a new generation of readers who would like to live closer to the earth. Successful Small-Scale Farming introduces anyone owning (or planning to own) a small farm to both the harsh realities and the real potential involved in...


Agricultural Biotechnology and the Environment
Sheldon Krimsky
0252065247
May 1996
Paperback
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