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The Science Beneath Organic Production

Atkinson, David / Watson, Christine A. (Herausgeber)


1. Auflage April 2019
328 Seiten, Softcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-0-470-02393-8
John Wiley & Sons

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A groundbreaking book that addresses the science that underpins organic agriculture and horticulture and its impact upon the management of organic systems

With contributions from noted experts in the field, Organic Agriculture explores the cultural context of food production and examines the historical aspects, economic implications, and key scientific elements that underpin organic crop production. The book shows how a science-based approach to organic farming is grounded in history and elements of the social sciences as well as the more traditional areas of physics, chemistry and biology.

Organic Agriculture offers a detailed explanation of the differences between organic systems and other approaches, answering questions about crop production and protection, crop rotations, soil health, biodiversity and the use of genetic resources. The authors identify current gaps in our understanding of the topic and discuss how organic farming research may be better accomplished in the future. This important book:
* Explores the science that underpins organic farming
* Contains illustrative case studies from around the world
* Examines organic agriculture's philosophical roots and its socio-economic context

Written for scientists and students of agriculture and horticulture, this book covers the issues linked to the use of science by organic producers and identifies key elements in the production of food.

List of contributors


Ch. 1 Science and organic agriculture: An introduction
D Atkinson & CA Watson

Ch. 2 Science, research and organic farming
L Woodward

Ch. 3 Framing and farming: putting organics in a societal context
P Ritchie

Ch. 4 Soil health and its management for organic farming
EA Stockdale, AE Edwards & CA Watson

Ch. 5 Cropping Systems and Crop Choice
R Walker

Ch. 6 Crop Rotations: The Core of Organic Production
D Atkinson &R Walker

Ch. 7 What can organic farming contribute to biodiversity restoration?
RE Feber, PJ Johnson & DW Macdonald

Ch. 8 Optimising crop production in organic systems
D Atkinson & R Walker

Ch. 9 Crop production: Meeting the nutrient needs
D Atkinson & R Walker

Ch. 10 Crop attributes facilitating use of soil resources
D Atkinson

Ch. 11 Mycorrhizal activity, resource and microbial cycles
D Atkinson

Ch. 12 Crop Protection and Food Quality: Challenges and answers
D Atkinson & R Walker

Ch. 13 Plant breeding and genetics in organic agriculture
TF Doring & MS Wolfe

Chapter 14 Exploring the systems concept in contemporary organic farming research
C A Watson & B Pearce

Ch. 15 Science based organic agriculture: Some conclusions
D Atkinson& CA Watson


DAVID ATKINSON was formerly Vice Principal at the Scottish Agricultural College and Chair of Falkland Rural Enterprises, an organic farming company. He continues to study the ethical implications of emerging biotechnologies.

CHRISTINE A. WATSON leads soil science research at SRUC. She has extensive experience of research in organic farming and is involved in managing and teaching SRUC's postgraduate course in Organic Farming.

D. Atkinson, Scottish Agricultural College, UK