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Table of Contents

1 Introduction
1.1 Basic terms and overview of contents
2 Origin and development of agriculture
2.1 The first humans
2.2 The origins of agriculture
2.3 Progress and impacts of agriculture
2.4 Classification of agroecosystems
2.5 Livestock systems
3 Patterns and processes in ecosystems
3.1 Biotic interactions
3.2 Communities
3.3 Biodiversity
3.4 Succession
3.5 Flows of energy and material
3.6 Ecosystem services
3.7 Global material cycles
4 Crops and their environment
4.1 Radiation and energy
4.2 Water
4.3 Soil
4.4 Crop-associated flora
4.5 Phytophages
4.6 Phytopathogens
5 Management of unwanted organisms
5.1 Weed management
5.2 Pest management
5.3 Management of phytopathogens
6 Production and management of livestock resources
6.1 Grassland-based production systems
6.2 Environmental impacts of livestock production
7 Climate zones and land use
7.1 Global atmospheric circulation
7.2 Climate zones
8 Agroecological aspects of global change
8.1 Global change

About the Author

Konrad Martin is biologist and agroecologist at the University of Hohenheim, Germany.
His specific interests are animal-plant interactions and community ecology. He was involved in various international research projects in countries of Southeast Asia and conducted studies on biological pest control and food webs in agroecosystems, on insect diversity cultivated tropical landscapes, and on the effects of land use change on species interactions.Joachim Sauerborn studied agricultural sciences at the universities Giessen and Hohenheim, Germany. He conducted studies on weed ecology and agroecology in tropical and subtropical regions and spent a research period at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas in Aleppo, Syria. As a professor for agroecology at the University of Hohenheim, his main research is on land resources management in tropical regions. He has published several books and over 70 articles in refereed journals.


From the reviews:

"Martin and Sauerborn ... use a broad approach to reach a wide spectrum of readers. The book has been translated very well from the original German. The examples and concepts of agroecology presented are universal. ... This has the potential to be the book that introduces new student cohorts in both biology and agriculture to the other's point of view and to begin a new, productive conversation to the benefit of both. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above." (M. J. Stone, Choice, Vol. 51 (4), December, 2013)

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