EBooks (Elsevier)

Cereal Grains for the Food and Beverage Industries
Author(s): E. Arendt; E. Zannini

ISBN: 978-0-85709-413-1

The book reviews the major cereal species, starting with wheat and triticale before covering rye, barley and oats. It goes on to discuss other major species such as rice, maize, sorghum and millet, as well as pseudo-cereals such as buckwheat, quinoa and amaranth. Each chapter reviews grain structure, chemical composition (including carbohydrate and protein content), processing and applications in food and beverage products.

Cereal grains for the food and beverage industries is an essential reference for academic researchers interested in the area of cereal grains and products. It is also an invaluable reference for professionals in the food and beverage industry working with cereal products, including ingredient manufacturers, food technologists, nutritionists, as well as policy-makers and health care professionals.


Conceptual Breakthroughs in Evolutionary Genetics: A Brief History of Shifting Paradigms
Author(s): John C. Avise

ISBN: 978-0-12-420166-8

Conceptual Breakthroughs in Evolutionary Genetics is a pithy, lively book occupying a special niche―the conceptual history of evolutionary genetics― not inhabited by any other available treatment. Written by a world-leading authority in evolutionary genetics, this work encapsulates and ranks 70 of the most significant paradigm shifts in evolutionary biology and genetics during the century-and-a-half since Darwin and Mendel. The science of evolutionary genetics is central to all of biology, but many students and other practitioners have little knowledge of its historical roots and conceptual developments. This book fills that knowledge gap in a thought-provoking and readable format.

This fascinating chronological journey along the many conceptual pathways to our modern understanding of evolutionary and genetic principles is a wonderful springboard for discussions in undergraduate or graduate seminars in evolutionary biology and genetics. But more than that, anyone interested in the history and philosophy of science will find much of value between its covers.

Emerging Technologies and Management of Crop Stress Tolerance Volume 1: Biological Techniques
Edited by: P. Ahmad; S. Rasool

ISBN: 978-0-12-800876-8

Emerging Technologies and Management of Crop Stress Tolerance: Volume 1 - Biological Techniques presents the latest technologies used by scientists for improvement the crop production and explores the various roles of these technologies for the enhancement of crop productivity and inhibition of pathogenic bacteria that can cause disease.

This resource provides a comprehensive review of how proteomics, genomics, transcriptomics, ionomics, and micromics are a pathway to improve plant stress tolerance to increase productivity and meet the agricultural needs of the growing human population. This valuable resource will help any scientist have a better understanding of environmental stresses to improve resource management within a world of limited resources.


Emerging Technologies and Management of Crop Stress Tolerance Volume 2: A Sustainable Approach
Edited by: P. Ahmad; S. Rasool

ISBN: 978-0-12-800875-1 ; Copyright © 2014

Emerging Technologies and Management of Crop Stress Tolerance: Volume II - A Sustainable Approach helps readers take technological measures to alleviate plant stress and improve crop production in various environmental conditions.

This resource provides a comprehensive review of how technology can be implemented to improve plant stress tolerance to increase productivity and meet the agricultural needs of the growing human population. The book considers issues of deforestation, disease prevention, climate change and drought, water and land management, and more. It will help any scientist better understand environmental stresses to improve resource management within a world of limited resources.

  • Includes the most recent advances methods and applications of biotechnology to crop science
  • Promotes the prevention of potential diseases to inhibit bacteria postharvest quality of fruits and vegetable crops by advancing application and research
  • Presents a thorough account of research results and critical reviews


Functional Foods: Concept to Product
Edited by:M. Saarela

ISBN: 978-1-84569-690-0 ; Copyright © 2011

With its distinguished editors and international team of expert contributors, Functional foods: Concept to product is a valuable reference tool for health professionals and scientists in the functional foods industry and to students and researchers interested in functional foods.

  • Provides an overview of key general issues including definitions of functional foods and legislation in the EU, the US and Asia
  • Focuses on functional foods and health investigating conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity and infectious diseases
  • Examines the development of functional food products featuring maximising the functional benefits of plant foods, dietary fibre, functional dairy and soy products


Heat Treatment for Insect Control: Developments and Applications

(Woodhead Publishing Series in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition) 1st Edition

by Dave Hammond (Author)

Stored product insects and other pests represent a major hygiene and safety issue to many industries, from food production to building infestation, and issues for timber pallets and packaging. Beds bugs are rapidly becoming a public health issue in hotels, hostels and houses in many parts of the world. While fumigation has been one of the prevalent routes for pest control, there remain issues with the toxicity of the chemicals used and potential exposure to humans therefore heat treatment has proven to be a successful alternative when used correctly.

Part I reviews the principles of heat treatment, with chapters covering the fundamentals, planning, best practice and costs of integrated pest management. Part II looks at heat treatment applications in food production, storage, food materials and fresh produce. Part III examines the other applications in clothing, small rooms, buildings, and transportation.

  • Provides a comprehensive and systematic reference on the heat treatment for insect control
  • Reviews the development of heat treatment processes and technology as part of integrated pest management approaches


Insect Resistance Management: Biology, Economics, and Prediction
Edited by:David W. Onstad

ISBN: 978-0-12-396955-2

Neither pest management nor resistance management can occur with only an understanding of pest biology. For years, entomologists have understood, with their use of economic thresholds, that at least a minimal use of economics was necessary for proper integrated pest management. IRM is even more complicated and dependent on understanding and using socioeconomic factors. The new edition of Insect Resistance Management addresses these issues and much more.

No other book has the breadth of coverage of Insect Resistance Management, 2e. It not only covers molecular to economic issues, but also transgenic crops, seed treatments and other pest management tactics such as crop rotation. Major themes continuing from the first edition include the importance of using IRM in the integrated pest management paradigm, the need to study and account for pest behavior, and the influence of human behavior and decision making in IRM.

  • Provides insights from the history of insect resistance management (IRM) to the latest science
  • Includes contributions from experts on ecological aspects of IRM, molecular and population genetics, economics, and IRM social issues
  • Offers biochemistry and molecular genetics of insecticides presented with an emphasis on recent research
  • Encourages scientists and stakeholders to implement and coordinate strategies based on local social conditions


Instrumental Assessment of Food Sensory Quality: A Practical Guide
Edited by:D. Kilcast

ISBN: 978-0-85709-439-1

Instrumental measurements of the sensory quality of food and drink are of growing importance in both complementing data provided by sensory panels and in providing valuable data in situations in which the use of human subjects is not feasible. Instrumental assessment of food sensory quality reviews the range and use of instrumental methods for measuring sensory quality.

Instrumental assessment of food sensory quality is a comprehensive technical resource for quality managers and research and development personnel in the food industry and researchers in academia interested in instrumental food quality measurement.

  • Reviews the range and use of instrumental methods for measuring sensory quality
  • Explores the principles and practice of the assessment and analysis of food appearance, flavour, texture and viscosity
  • Reviews advances in methods for instrumental assessment of food sensory quality


Lockhart & Wiseman’s Crop Husbandry Including Grassland (Ninth Edition)
Author(s): Steve Finch, Alison M. Samuel and Gerry P. Lane

ISBN: 978-1-78242-371-3

Increased yields, markets, and profitability have led to changes in crop husbandry. Since its first publication in 1966, revised editions of Lockhart & Wiseman's Crop Husbandry Including Grassland have upheld and increased the book's good reputation. This ninth edition maintains its status as the standard textbook for many agricultural courses.

This ninth edition of Lockhart and Wiseman's Crop Husbandry Including Grassland is relevant for students throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. It is a useful reference book for agriculture National Diploma courses, Foundation Degrees, and BSc degrees, and is important for Masters level students entering agriculture from another discipline.

  • The previous edition has been widely expanded and remains the standard text for general agriculture, land management, and agri-business courses
  • Includes new chapters on cropping techniques, integrated crop management and quality assurance, seed production and selection, and the influence of climate
  • Discusses basic conditions for crop growth, how techniques are applied to particular crops, the influence of weather, and the use of grassland


Mass Production of Beneficial Organisms : Invertebrates and Entomopathogens
Edited by:Juan A. Morales-Ramos, M. Guadalupe Rojas and David I. Shapiro-Ilan

ISBN: 978-0-12-391453-8

Mass Production of Beneficial Organisms: Invertebrates and Entomopathogens is an essential reference and teaching tool for researchers in developed and developing countries working to produce "natural enemies" in biological control and integrated pest management programs.

This book educates academic and industry researchers, and enables further development of mass production so new technologies can compete in the open market. It is also an excellent resource for those researching beneficial arthropod mass production and technologies for other uses, including for study and application in biotechnology and biomedical research.

  • Focuses on techniques for mass production of beneficial organisms and methods of evaluation and quality assessment
  • Organizes and presents the most advanced and current knowledge on methods to mass produce beneficial organisms in response to the increased global demand for alternatives to chemical pesticides for biological control producers
  • Includes a team of highly respected editors and authors with broad expertise in these areas


Microbial Production of Food Ingredients, Enzymes and Nutraceuticals 
Edited by:B. McNeil, D. Archer, I. Giavasis and L. Harvey

ISBN: 978-0-85709-343-1

Bacteria, yeast, fungi and microalgae can act as producers (or catalysts for the production) of food ingredients, enzymes and nutraceuticals. With the current trend towards the use of natural ingredients in foods, there is renewed interest in microbial flavours and colours, food bioprocessing using enzymes and food biopreservation using bacteriocins. Microbial production of substances such as organic acids and hydrocolloids also remains an important and fast-changing area of research. Microbial production of food ingredients, enzymes and nutraceuticals provides a comprehensive overview of microbial production of food ingredients, enzymes and nutraceuticals.

Microbial production of food ingredients, enzymes and nutraceuticals is an invaluable guide for professionals in the fermentation industry as well as researchers and practitioners in the areas of biotechnology, microbiology, chemical engineering and food processing.

  • Provides a comprehensive overview of microbial flavours and colours, food bioprocessing using enzymes and food biopreservation using bacteriocins
  • Begins with a review of key areas of systems biology and metabolic engineering, including methods and developments for filamentous fungi
  • Analyses the use of microorganisms for the production of natural molecules for use in foods, including microbial production of food flavours and carotenoids


Origins & Phylogeny of Rices
Author(s):N.M. Nayar

ISBN: 978-0-12-417177-0

Origin and Phylogeny of Rices provides an evolutionary understanding of the origin, spread, and extent of genetic diversity in rice. This single volume is the first to review and synthesize the significant work done in this area in the last 30 years.

Rice is the most important food crop of humankind. It provides more energy and also forms the staple food for more humans than any other food plant. This book assesses multiple aspects of this crucial crop in chapters devoted to rice's history and spread, phylogeny of the genus Oryza, Oryza species and their interrelationships, and the origins of west African and Asian rice.

  • Offers an interpretive review of the latest research on this vital crop
  • Guides further research and understanding with an extensive list of references
  • Enhances the presentation of concepts via illustrations throughout 

Seeds: Ecology, Biogeography, and, Evolution of Dormancy and Germination
Author(s): Carol C. Baskin and Jerry M. Baskin

ISBN: 978-0-12-416677-6

The new edition of Seeds contains new information on many topics discussed in the first edition, such as fruit/seed heteromorphism, breaking of physical dormancy and effects of inbreeding depression on germination. New topics have been added to each chapter, including dichotomous keys to types of seeds and kinds of dormancy; a hierarchical dormancy classification system; role of seed banks in restoration of plant communities; and seed germination in relation to parental effects, pollen competition, local adaption, climate change and karrikinolide in smoke from burning plants.

  • Most wide-ranging and thorough account of whole-seed dormancy available
  • Contains information on dormancy and germination of more than 14,000 species from all the continents – even the two angiosperm species native to the Antarctica continent
  • Includes a taxonomic index so researchers can quickly find information on their study organism(s) and
  • Provides a dichotomous key for the kinds of seed dormancy
  • Topics range from fossil evidence of seed dormancy to molecular biology of seed dormancy
  • Much attention is given to the evolution of kinds of seed dormancy
  • Includes chapters on the basics of how to do seed dormancy studies; on special groups of plants, for example orchids, parasites, aquatics, halophytes; and one chapter devoted to soil seed banks
  • Contains a revised, up-dated classification scheme of seed dormancy, including a formula for each kind of dormancy

Soil Microbiology, Ecology and Biochemistry
Author(s): Eldor A. Paul

ISBN: 978-0-12-415955-6

The fourth edition of Soil Microbiology, Ecology and Biochemistry updates this widely used reference as the study and understanding of soil biota, their function, and the dynamics of soil organic matter has been revolutionized by molecular and instrumental techniques, and information technology. Knowledge of soil microbiology, ecology and biochemistry is central to our understanding of organisms and their processes and interactions with their environment. In a time of great global change and increased emphasis on biodiversity and food security, soil microbiology and ecology has become an increasingly important topic.

  • New section on "Methods in Studying Soil Organic Matter Formation and Nutrient Dynamics" to balance the two successful chapters on microbial and physiological methodology
  • Includes expanded information on soil interactions with organisms involved in human and plant disease
  • Improved readability and integration for an ever-widening audience in his field
  • Integrated concepts related to soil biota, diversity, and function allow readers in multiple disciplines to understand the complex soil biota and their function


Soil Remediation and Plants: Prospects and Challenges
Edited by:Khalid Hakeem, Muhammad Sabir, Munir Ozturk and Ahmet Murmet

ISBN: 978-0-12-799937-1

The soil is being contaminated continuously by a large number of pollutants. Among them, heavy metals are an exclusive group of toxicants because they are stable and difficult to disseminate into non-toxic forms. The ever-increasing concentrations of such pollutants in the soil are considered serious threats toward everyone’s health and the environment. Many techniques are used to clean, eliminate, obliterate or sequester these hazardous pollutants from the soil. However, these techniques can be costly, labor intensive, and often disquieting.

Phytoremediation is a simple, cost effective, environmental friendly and fast-emerging new technology for eliminating toxic heavy metals and other related soil pollutants. Soil Remediation and Plants provides a common platform for biologists, agricultural engineers, environmental scientists, and chemists, working with a common aim of finding sustainable solutions to various environmental issues. The book provides an overview of ecosystem approaches and phytotechnologies and their cumulative significance in relation to solving various environmental problems.

  • Identifies the molecular mechanisms through which plants are able to remediate pollutants from the soil
  • Examines the challenges and possibilities towards the various phytoremediation candidates
  • Includes the latest research and ongoing progress in phytoremediation


Advances in Agronomy
Volumes 110 - 138

Advances in Agronomy

Edited by Donald L. Sparks

Advances in Agronomy is a first-rate resource describing the latest research in agronomy. This prestigious serial contains major review articles dealing with the current topics of interest to agronomists, crop scientists and soil scientists. As always, the subjects covered are varied and exemplary of the myriad subject matter dealt with by this long-running serial.


Working with Dynamic Crop Models: Methods, Tools and Examples for Agriculture and Environment
Author(s): Daniel Wallach, David Makowski, James W. Jones and Francois Brun

ISBN: 978-0-12-397008-4

This second edition of Working with Dynamic Crop Models is meant for self-learning by researchers or for use in graduate level courses devoted to methods for working with dynamic models in crop, agricultural, and related sciences.

Each chapter focuses on a particular topic and includes an introduction, a detailed explanation of the available methods, applications of the methods to one or two simple models that are followed throughout the book, real-life examples of the methods from literature, and finally a section detailing implementation of the methods using the R programming language.

The consistent use of R makes this book immediately and directly applicable to scientists seeking to develop models quickly and effectively, and the selected examples ensure broad appeal to scientists in various disciplines.

New to this edition:

  • 50% new content – 100% reviewed and updated
  • Clearly explains practical application of the methods presented, including R language examples
  • Presents real-life examples of core crop modeling methods, and ones that are translatable to dynamic system models in other fields