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The sustainable intensification of smallholder farming systems
This volume reviews recent research on effective support to improve smallholder livelihoods. After discussing the economics of smallholder farming, the book looks at access to key inputs before assessing ways of improving extension and other services to support sustainable production practices. 
Achieving sustainable cultivation of bananas - Volume 2
Volume 2 begins with a discussion of progress in identifying and broadening the genetic base for Musa species. This provides the foundation for Parts 3 and 4 which review advances in both conventional and recent molecular breeding techniques and their application in producing improved varieties. 
Achieving sustainable management of tropical forests
This collection reviews the wealth of research on tropical forest management. Parts 1 and 2 explore key challenges facing tropical forests as well as the ecosystem services they deliver. Parts 3 and 4 review the management structures and techniques required for sustainable forest management (SFM). Part 6 includes case studies of SFM of different tropical forest types. 
Understanding the behaviour and improving the welfare of chickens
Part 1 of this volume reviews advances in research on key aspects of poultry behaviour and welfare monitoring. Part 2 discusses particular welfare issues affecting broilers and layers such as housing and environmental enrichment as well as problems such as injurious pecking and bone health. 
Reconciling agricultural production with biodiversity conservation
The first part of this volume assesses general issues such as landscape approaches, mapping and assessing the economic value of biodiversity. Part 2 reviews management practices promoting biodiversity such as field margins, hedgerows, improved pasture management and agroforestry. 
Advances in postharvest management of cereals and grains
This collection provides a comprehensive review of the latest research on the causes of postharvest cereal losses, as well as the key research on the detection and control of fungal contaminants. 
Biostimulants for sustainable crop production
Biostimulants stimulate natural processes in crops to enhance nutrient uptake, nutrient use efficiency (NUE), resistance to abiotic stress and quality traits. This collection reviews key advances in understanding and using biostimulants. 
Advances in poultry genetics and genomics
This collection begins by reviewing current challenges facing poultry breeding. It goes on to review recent research on the genetics of key production and functional traits. The book then summarises key advances in genomic selection techniques and concludes by surveying emerging trends such as the use of epigenetics and genome editing in poultry breeding. 
Improving rumen function
Part 1 summarises advances in analysing the rumen microbiome. Part 2 reviews recent research on different types of rumen microbiota. Part 3 discusses the way the rumen processes nutrients whilst Part 4 explores nutritional strategies to optimise rumen function. 
Climate change and agriculture
Climate change is the biggest challenge agriculture faces. Part 1 of this collection reviews current research on the impacts of climate change on agriculture. Part 2 assesses what we know about the contribution of agriculture to climate change, whilst Part 3 surveys mitigation strategies to achieve a more ‘climate-smart’ agriculture. 
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New Journal Launched Focussing on Biotechnology and Crop Improvement 
The Journal of Agricultural Biotechnology & Crop Improvement (JABCI) is a Half Yearly Open Access, peer-reviewed journal that accepts original Research articles, Review articles, Editorials, Case reports, Notes and letters to editor, Survey reports, Lab Manuals, and meeting and symposium notices, Proceedings from both industrial and academic communities. 
Find out more here 
NEW Blog: Wearable technologies: driving improvements in chicken welfare? 
Consumer and retailer concerns 
Recent spikes in consumer and retailer concern for the welfare of farmed animals (including chickens) have led to the development of animal welfare standards, changes in how animals are housed and managed, and new research opportunities to develop animal-based indicators of animal welfare.  
Concerns around overcrowding in broiler sheds, health problems such as lameness in broilers and keel bone fractures in laying hens, development of injuries / stress during catching, transport and slaughter and restriction on space or natural daylight are a few of the more prominent ones. 
To mitigate these concerns, some governments have enforced legislative changes to the way poultry are housed and managed on-farm. This includes the transition from traditional housing systems for laying hens to a more complex enclosure that increases the bird’s interaction with its environment, whilst also ensuring competent movement. 
Read the full blog here
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