Achieving Sustainable Cultivation of Maize Volume 1: From Improved Varieties to Local Applications


Achieving Sustainable Cultivation of Maize Volume 1: From Improved Varieties to Local Applications Editor: Dave Watson Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited Pages: 348 Illustrations and other contents: Colour tables, photos and figures Language: English ISBN: 9781786760081 Categories: , , , , ,

Maize is one of the most important and widely grown cereal crops in the world and is a staple food for almost a billion people, particularly in the developing world. It has been estimated that maize yields need to increase by 60% by 2050. There is an urgent need to increase yields in the face of such challenges as climate change, threats from pests and diseases and the need to make cultivation more resource-efficient and sustainable. Drawing on an international range of expertise, this collection focuses on ways of improving the cultivation of maize at each step in the value chain, from breeding to post-harvest storage. Volume 1 reviews research on breeding and its use in improving nutritional quality and agronomic performance. It then goes on to discuss the challenges in translating these advances into effective outcomes for smallholders in the developing world. Achieving sustainable cultivation of maize Volume 1: From improved varieties to local applications will be a standard reference for cereal scientists in universities, government and other research centres and companies involved in maize cultivation. It is accompanied by Volume 2 which reviews improvements in cultivation techniques as well as the management of pests and diseases.

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Author Biography

Dr Dave Watson is a leading authority on sustainable development and optimising value chains in agriculture. He has taught courses on sustainable development for the University of Hull (UK), as well as managing research and development programmes for the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico. Dr Watson is editor of the two-volume Achieving sustainable cultivation of maize, also published by Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing. Professor Glen Fox is the Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and Brewing Science at the University of California, USA. Previously, he was a Senior Fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia. He has many years experience working with barley breeding programmes, and malting and brewing industries in Australia and overseas. With these companies, his worked focused on the influence of barley quality on malting and brewing quality. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling. Professor Fox has over 250 book chapters, journal articles and conference presentations. He has also supervised over 50 post-graduates students mostly in the area of barley and malt quality. His current research interests include digger deeper into barley, malt, wort composition on beer quality.