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An Introduction to the Encyclopedia of Applied Plant Sciences
We are thrilled to announce the Second Edition of the Encyclopedia of Applied Plant Sciences is now available on ScienceDirect! Check it out here.
Since the first edition of the Encyclopedia of Applied Plant Sciences was first published in 2003, it has become an invaluable resource for researchers, teachers and agricultural practitioners. The aim of the work was, and still is, to provide a friendly and comprehensive portal to the vast amount of knowledge we have on plants and how we make use of them. The background to the production of the first volume has not changed. As we said in the introduction to the first edition, plants have a huge impact upon human existence. All of our food and much of our other energy needs are ultimately derived from the products of plant photosynthesis. Plants also have their impact through the social and economic dimensions of human existence. All agriculture, which provides us with our food, is ultimately based on plant production, be it directly through arable crops such as cereals, horticultural crops including fruits and vegetables or indirectly through pasture, forage and plant derived animal feedstuffs. Industrial crops such as fiber crops or woodlands and forests are a vital source of renewable materials such as for clothing, building and recreation that we take for granted in everyday life. Flowers and ornamental plants delight us with their beauty, fragrance and their seemingly infinite variety.
However, since the last edition was published the role of applied science in agricultural production has been brought into greater focus as fluctuations in global food production feed through into prices and availability to consumers. The perfect storm of demands for energy, increasing population and climate change are manifested in concerns about food security. At the same time, technological advances are changing the way plant science is done. Crop genome sequencing has become routine during the preparation of this second edition of the Encyclopedia and increasingly quantitative systems approaches to understand fundamental processes have become commonplace. The need to incorporate these key developments has been a major motivation in publishing a second edition. The revised edition provides additional coverage on: plant science and its role in food security, genome sequencing and its impact on plant breeding and crop improvement; new methods of genetic modification; climate change and its impact on crop production. Chapters that deal with basic mechanisms, e.g., how growth regulators work, have been revised to include new information leading to greater understanding. In addition a number of new chapters have been included on specific crops.
The structure of the work has been revised to make it easier for users to locate articles of interest and related chapters. The major change is that the second edition is available as hard copy, in electronic format and on Elsevier’s platform ScienceDirect. Abstracts and keywords have been added to make searching for relevant chapters easier and quicker. The Encyclopedia is now organised into three thematic volumes, namely (1) Plant Physiology and Development; and (2) Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology and (3) Crop Systems and Products. Check them out on ScienceDirect here.
As for the first edition, the Editors are hugely indebted to our excellent International Editorial Board, who have helped to source chapters and used their expertise to ensure the chapters submitted provide an authoritative introduction to the subject and a portal to the wider literature available.
This new edition brings together over 200 separate articles, almost all of which have been rewritten or updated since the first edition to provide the most comprehensive reference addressing the core knowledge, techniques, and practical applications employed by plant scientists in research and industry.
Encyclopedia of Applied Plant Sciences, Second Edition will also be included in the forthcoming Reference Module in Life Sciences. Learn more about the Reference Module here.
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