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Environment, Food and Health

Gooding, Mike J. / Shewry, Peter R.


1. Auflage Februar 2022
432 Seiten, Hardcover
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ISBN: 978-1-119-65255-7
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Wheat is produced on a greater area, grown over a wider geographic range, and traded internationally as a commodity more than any other arable crop. Wheat alone provides 20% of the calories and protein in the global human diet. Understanding the interactions between wheat production, the environment, and human nutrition is essential for meeting the demands of food security as we approach the middle of the 21st century.

Wheat: Environment, Food and Health is written by two leading authorities in the field and offers insights into critical issues such as the sustainability of wheat production, the challenges of both mitigating and adapting to environmental change, and the effects of wheat consumption on human health. Covering a broad range of topics, the authors:
* Introduce the historical development and utilization of the wheat crop.
* Describe the factors affecting the quality and acceptability of wheat for different uses.
* Discuss the soil characteristics that are required for, and changed by, wheat production.
* Examine the water, temperature, and light requirements of wheat systems.
* Explore the methods and sustainability of plant breeding and farmer approaches to improving crop yields.
* Describe the development, structure, and composition of wheat grain.
* Discuss the contribution and impacts, both positive and negative, of wheat consumption on human health.
* * Discuss how modern technologies and new approaches are addressing the challenges of maintaining wheat production.

Wheat: Environment, Food and Health is an essential resource for researchers and academics in disciplines including agriculture, plant biology, applied biology, botany, food science and nutrition, crop improvement, food security, environmental sustainability, and human health.

1. Wheat and Humans: An Introduction to the Development and Utilisation of the Wheat Crop
2. A 'Good' Soil
3. Ample Water
4. Mild Temperatures
5. Sunshine
6. Canopy Management
7. The Structure and Composition of the Wheat Grain
8. Components and Mechanisms that Determine Grain Processing Properties
9. The Role of Wheat in Diet and Health
10. Wheat Genetics and Improvement
11. Epilogue: Wheat in Conflict and in Peace
Mike J. Gooding has researched extensively on wheat agronomy and science whilst also being Head of School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, UK, and then Director of the Institute of Biological, Environmental, and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University, UK. He continues at Aberystwyth as an Honorary Professor in Crop Science.

Peter R. Shewry's recognition as a global expert includes the award of the Thomas Burr Osborne Medal (American Association of Cereal Chemists), the Rank Prize for Nutrition, and the Clyde H Bailey Medal (International Association of Cereal Science and Technology). He continues his work on improving grain quality for processing and health at Rothamsted Research, UK, and as Emeritus Professor at the University of Reading, UK.

P. R. Shewry, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, UL