Editor: Karim Ennouri

Emerging Technologies in Agriculture and Food Science

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ISBN: 978-981-14-6998-5 (Print)
ISBN: 978-981-14-7000-4 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2020
DOI: 10.2174/97898114700041200101

Introduction

Cultivators and livestock farmers are increasingly arranging innovative technical and scientific estimations with the aim to enhance agricultural sustainability, effectiveness, and plant health. Innovative farming technologies incorporate biology with smart technology (computers and sensor devices) exchanging information with one another autonomously in a structured farm management system.

This book presents reviews on innovative techniques and methodologies to complement conventional plant control and breeding attempts toward enhancing crop yield and production. Reviews covered in this volume include:

- Active compounds from pomegranate seeds

- Application of Enterococci and their bacteriocins for meat biopreservation

- Technological advancement in the detection and identification of plant pathogens

- Machine learning for precision agriculture

- Use of remote sensing technology and geographic information systems for agriculture and environmental observation

The information presented in this volume will provide helpful updates for students, technology experts and professionals in the food security and sustainable agriculture sectors.

Preface

Nowadays, cultivators are increasingly arranging innovative, highly technical and scientific estimations >with the aim of enhancing agricultural sustainability, effectiveness, and/or plant health. Innovative farming technologies incorporate biology with smart technology: Computers and devices exchange with one another autonomously in a structured farm management system. Throughout this structure, smart agriculture can be accomplished; cultivators decrease plantation inputs (pesticides and fertilizers) and increase yields via integrated pest management and/or biological control.

Moreover, the intensive use >of pesticides creates imbalances in the microbial community, which may be unfavorable for the activity of the beneficial organisms and may also lead to the development of resistant pathogen strains, increasing environmental degradation. Owing to the limitations of chemical control measures, it seems appropriate to seek a more suitable control method. Biological control appears as the most promising strategy, being environmentally safe and cost-effective for controlling several phytopathogens. Therefore, the development of novel agents can be useful in the control of plant diseases. Recently, there has been a growing interest in >researching the possible use of functional biomolecules that possess a selective action against these fungi without being toxic to the ecosystem for pest and disease control in agriculture. Natural biomolecules are increasingly becoming an effective and environmentally friendly tool for the control of phytopathogenic agents.

This book resumes present innovative techniques and methodologies to complement usual plant control and breeding attempts toward enhancing crop yield and production and consequently maintaining food security.

Karim Ennouri
University of Sfax
Sfax
Tunisia

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