This new volume emphasizes the drastic quantitative and qualitative transformation of our surrounding environment and looks at bioresource management and the tools needed to manageenvironmental stresses. This unique compilation and interpretation of concrete scientific ventures undertaken by environmental specialists at the global level explores research dedicated to the management of natural resources by controlling biotic and abiotic factors that make the earth vulnerable to these stresses. The chapter authors look at all types of bioresources on earth and their management at times of stress/crisis, focusing on the need for documentation, validation, and recovery of ethnic indigenous knowledge and practices that could have great impact in stress management. The book looks at topics in nature and changing climate management, adaptation, and mitigation, such as the effects of climate change on agriculture and horticulture, on timber harvesting, and on forest resources. Also specifically discussed are crop resources management, seed crops, tree seedlings, soil management, and conservation practices. The volume also includes chapters on animal resources management.
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Author BiographyRatikanta Maiti, PhD, DSc is a world-renowned botanist and crop physiologist. He worked for nine years on jute and allied fibers at the former Jute Agricultural Research Institute (ICAR), India, and then he worked as a plant physiologist on sorghum and pearl millet at ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics) for 10 years. After that he worked for more than 25 years as a professor and research scientist at three different universities in Mexico. He also worked for six years as a Research Advisor at Vibha Seeds, Hyderabad, India, and as a Visiting Research Scientist for five years in the Forest Science Faculty, Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, Mexico. As the author of more than 40 books and about 500 research papers, he has won several international awards, including an Ethno-Botanist Award (USA) sponsored by Friends University, Wichita, Kansas, the United Nations Development Programme; a senior research scientist award offered by Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (CONNACYT), Mexico and gold medal from India 2008 offered by ABI. He is Chairman of the Ratikanta Maiti Foundation and chief editor of three international journals. Humberto Gonzalez Rodriguez, PhD, is a faculty member and Director of the Forest Science Faculty at Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He has published almost 100 articles and several books and book chapters. Ch. Aruna Kumari, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Crop Physiology at Agricultural College, Jagtial, Professor Jaya Shankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU), India. She is the author of several book chapters and over 50 research articles and has co-edited several books. Debashis Mandal, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture, Aromatic and Medicinal Plants at Mizoram University, Aizawl, India. He published over 35 research papers, book chapters, and books. He is the Editor-in-Lead (Horticulture) for the International Journal of Bio Resources & Stress Management and founding Managing Editor for Chronicle of Bioresource Management. Narayan Chandra Sarkar, PhD, is a faculty member in the Department of Agronomy at the Institute of Agriculture, Visva-Bharati University, Sriniketan, West Bengal, India. He was previously affiliated with Vibha Seeds, Syngenta India Ltd, and Nagaland University. He has published almost 30 research papers in national and international journals and several books.