Biodiversity, Biofuels, Agroforestry and Conservation Agriculture

Edited by Eric Lichtfouse 
Springer  2011  

Hardcover  390 pp  ISBN 9789048195121      £135.00
Vol. 5 of the series Series: Sustainable Agriculture Reviews

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.


  • Agroecology as a transdisciplinary science for a sustainable agriculture; Fabio Caporali.
  • Measuring agricultural sustainability; Dariush Hayati
  • Sustainable bioenergy production, land and nitrogen use; Enrico Ceotto
  • Biofuels, the role of biotechnology to improve their sustainability and profitability; Meenu Saraf
  • Challenges and opportunities of soil organic carbon sequestration in croplands; Ilan Stavi
  • Conservation agriculture under mediterranean conditions in Spain; Felix Moreno
  • Conservation tillage and sustainable agriculture in semi-arid dryland farming; Mohammad Zarea
  • Synergism among crops to improve dryland crop production; Randy Anderson
  • Sustainable irrigation to balance supply of soil water, oxygen, nutrients and agro-chemicals; Surya Bhattarai
  • Agricultural practices in northeast India and options for sustainable management; Awadhesh Kumar Shukla
  • Microbial community structure and diversity as indicators for evaluating soil quality; Sushil K. Sharma
  • Integrating silvopastoralism and biodiversity conservation; Rosa Mosquera

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