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Books in Agricultural and biological sciences

The Agricultural and Biological Sciences collection advances science-based knowledge for the improvement of animal and plant life and for secure food systems that produce nutritious, novel, sustainable foods with minimal environmental impact. Food Science titles include not only those products from agriculture but all other aspects from food production to nutrition, health and safety, chemistry to security, policy, law and regulation. Biological Sciences address animal behaviour and biodiversity, organismal and evolutionary biology, entomology, marine biology and aquaculture, plant science and forestry.

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Wood-Water Interactions

  • 1st Edition
  • November 1, 2026
  • Samuel L. Zelinka + 3 more
  • English
"How does water affect wood? An intuitive approach to wood-water interactions" examines wood-water interactions in an intuitive approach to such a highly interdisciplinary topic. While wood-moisture interactions dominate nearly every facet of wood technology and wood use, many wood scientists have only a rudimentary understanding of these interactions as previous books on this topic are opaque and esoteric. Authored by experts in the field, the chapters follow a logical structure as well as case studies and vivid illustrations; the reader is motivated to understand updated information about the interaction of moisture with wood, the effect of changes in water status on the properties of wood raw material, and changes in the mechanical properties of wood during drying and humidification.

Rheology, Texture, and the Making of Cereal and Grain Foods

  • 1st Edition
  • October 1, 2026
  • Seth Graham-Acquaah + 3 more
  • English
Rheology, Texture, and the Making of Cereals-and-Grains Foods is the first book to focus on the rheology of these core food products. While existing books present information generic to rheology and address other types of products, this book evaluates and collates the latest information specific to these foods. Providing a comprehensive overview of fundamental principles underlying the rheology and texture of cereals-and grains-based foods this book will be invaluable for both industry professional and researchers.   The book will include information on:  Physicochemical properties of cereals and grains will be identified and the links among chemical composition, rheological properties, and texture of cereal- and grain-based foods will be discussed to help readers make decisions about their choices of raw materials to meet expectations of different consumer groups during product development. No single book currently contains such information on major cereals and grains.  Considerations during development of gluten-free products and chemical and physical means of modifying rheological properties and texture of gluten-free products will be discussed. This will enable product development professionals to gain insights into making gluten-free products with desirable textural properties.   The rheology of cereals during additive manufacturing (i.e., 3D printing) will be provided.  Methods of testing rheological properties of cereals and comparative analyses of the information generated from such methods will be covered.   Statistical approaches to handling data from rheological methods will also be discussed.  Considerations during crop improvement and methods for evaluating such properties in breeding programs will be discussed.

Bee Pathogens

  • 1st Edition
  • October 1, 2026
  • Giovanni Cilia
  • English
The research on diseases affecting bees continues to teach scientists more and more about these often detrimental pathogens, which are capable of quickly and easily collaping colonies. Though this knowledge continues to grow in volume, it is slow to be applied to feild work with both wild and managed bees. Bee Pathogens: Implications, Research Advances, and Outlook gathers the latest knowledge on bee diseases for an advanced and innovative understanding of each disease, the epidemiology, impact on different species of bees, and repercussions for their ecosystems. The final chapter will also analyze the effects of bee pathogens on other arthropods as a consequence of interspecific transmission or spillover phenomena, in a One-Health approach. Each chapter will cover a different pathogen, including viral, bacterial, fungal, parasitic and protagenic diseases, and each will be written by a renowned expert on that specific pathogen. Bee Pathogens is a key reference for researchers at a variety of career stages who work with bees and would like more synthesized coverage of the existing body of research in order to better apply it to their work.

Temperate Tree Fruits and Nuts

  • 1st Edition
  • September 1, 2026
  • Ioannis S. Minas + 1 more
  • English
Temperate Tree Fruits and Nut presents up-to-date information regarding economically important temperate fruit crops in a comprehensive manner. It explains the history, genetic improvements and production physiology of growth and cropping. It delves into orchard establishment and management, and harvest considerations for sustainable fruit crop production under temperate conditions. This textbook functions as a one-stop standalone resource that provides all relevant information considered essential to the field of Pomology. Temperate Tree Fruits and Nuts is targeted toward undergraduate and postgraduate students and professionals in the field of pomology (fruit crops). It is broadly useful for students pursuing degrees in horticulture, agricultural science, plant science, or related fields. Additionally, it is an essential resource for researchers, researchers, farmers, consultants, industrial stakeholders, and agribusiness professionals involved in critical aspects of fruit and nut production, and orchard management. Each chapter is focused on a specific temperate fruit crop and authored by an expert for that crop. The outline of each chapter includes an introduction, and information on origin-spread and economic importance. It offers an exposition of the botany and relevant species of the crop, and details on orchard management (fertilization, irrigation, pruning, thinning), propagation, rootstocks, cultivars, and main diseases and their management. Lastly each chapter delineates the main pests attacking the fruit crop, and their management, as well as ripening, harvest criteria, postharvest physiology, and technology of the fruit crop. This textbook incorporates supplementary resources in the form of high-quality graphic illustrations for students and a question bank for instructors.

Plant Powered Probiotics

  • 1st Edition
  • September 1, 2026
  • Pintu Choudhary + 2 more
  • English
The demand for foods containing probiotics coupled with an increased desire for dairy alternatives, has opened the door for the creation of functional non-dairy beverages that have proven track records for gut and immune health. Plant Powered Probiotics: Exploring Science and Health Behind Non-Dairy Fermented Beverages, highlights fermentation origins, processes, and novel plant-based ingredients, while exploring health effects and digestive benefits. From fruits and vegetables to legumes and nuts, Plant Powered Probiotics guides readers through the scientific aspects of fermentation including detailing microbial roles, health benefits and quality control. It compares health advantages to other sources while emphasizing gut health and the importance of pro-and prebiotics for a healthy microbiome. Precision fermentation, strain selection, and optimized production processes are addressed along with the safety of agro-waste of some common plant-based ingredients. The book concludes with the next generation and emerging trends in non-dairy probiotic beverage formulations.

Sustainable Dairy Food Production

  • 1st Edition
  • September 1, 2026
  • Minaxi Sharma + 3 more
  • English
Sustainable Dairy Food Production offers key foundational knowledge and practical approaches aimed at meeting the growing global demand for dairy food products while minimizing environmental impact and ensuring the welfare of animals and communities involved. The book tackles the challenge of sustainable dairy from multiple angles, including efficient resource management, waste reduction, and the promotion of ethical farming practices. It discusses the obstacles faced by dairy producers in achieving sustainability goals, such as balancing economic viability with environmental stewardship and social responsibility. Through case studies and research findings, Sustainable Dairy Food Production highlights innovative approaches and technologies adopted by dairy farms and processing facilities. Moreover, it addresses the role of consumers, policymakers, and industry stakeholders in driving positive change towards a more sustainable dairy food production system.

Animal Stress Biology

  • 1st Edition
  • September 1, 2026
  • Edward Narayan
  • English
Animal Stress Biology: Applications across Natural and Man-made Systems provides the fundamental aspects of stress endocrinology with a major focus on the applications of stress research in animal welfare. Stress plays an integral part in the maintenance of homeostasis in animals and is a useful measure of animal responses to management interventions across natural, agricultural, and clinical settings. Written by experts in the field of animal stress biology, this book is systematically structured for easy student navigation. Early sections introduce the basics of animal stress biology in major taxa. Latter sections explore how animal stress varies across species and settings, and how this research can be applied to improve animal welfare. Animal Stress Biology incorporates chapter summaries, key term definitions, global case studies, and discussion sections to ensure content is accessible to all audiences. It is an indispensable resource to students and early career professionals, as well as specialists in agriculture, zoos, clinical research settings, and resource management who are interested in learning more about animal stress and welfare.

Wellbeing and Ethics of Animals in Shelters

  • 1st Edition
  • September 1, 2026
  • Mandy Paterson + 1 more
  • English
Wellbeing and Ethics of Animals in Shelters provides an up-to-date, all-in-one resource for animal care and shelter professionals seeking the latest guidance on improving sheltered animals’ quality of life. Thousands of unwanted dogs, cats, and other animals are brought under the care of shelters around the world each year. The transition can be a frightening and stressful experience with physiological and behavioral implications for the animals. This book will cover the latest research and practices for improving the wellbeing of animals under the care of these facilities. Written by renowned animal welfare experts, early chapters of this book explore how animals come to be under the care of shelters and the ethical considerations of sheltering animals. Central chapters review health and behavioral assessments for shelter animals, offer guidance for the care of shelter cats and dogs, and discuss key steps to the successful adoption of sheltered animals. Latter chapters explore the human component of shelter animal care. Wellbeing and Ethics of Animals in Shelters tackles longstanding and emerging issues in animal sheltering and care. It is an accessible and important resource for animal care and shelter professionals, animal welfare researchers, and students of animal behavior, biology, and veterinary sciences.

Biodiversity and Evolution of Fungal Parasites and Pathogens

  • 1st Edition
  • August 1, 2026
  • Danny Haelewaters
  • English
Biodiversity and Evolution of Fungal Parasites and Pathogens presents an overview of the biodiversity and complexity of fungal communities that form associations as parasites or pathogens. With only 138,000 described species of fungi and an estimated number of up to 6.1 million, the Kingdom of Fungi is severely understudied. Among the least studied groups are those associated with organisms as parasites and pathogens. Written by an international team of more than 30 research experts, this book introduces devastating diseases such as Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and Pseudogymnoascus destructans, which both have resulted in dramatic population declines of animal populations, specifically amphibians and bats.In addition, the book discusses economically important parasites of plant crops and pathogens that cause lung infections in mammals. Finally, some of the least studied groups of fungal parasites and pathogens are treated, such as the enigmatic Laboulbeniomycetes fungi. This book is an important resource for researchers and practitioners in mycology, evolutionary biology and biodiversity. It will help readers explore the concept of symbioses by definition and introduce state-of-the-art tools, techniques and next-generation data.

Genetic Breeding and Aquaculture of Shellfish

  • 1st Edition
  • August 1, 2026
  • Shi Wang + 1 more
  • English
Genetic Breeding and Aquaculture of Shellfish covers the global status, research advancements, and future trends in shellfish genetic breeding. Shellfish represent a major role in global food security, and the proportion of bivalve cultivation in global blue food production is expected to triple by 2050. Moreover, filter-feeding shellfish possess carbon sequestration capabilities, suggesting that the expansion of shellfish aquaculture not only promises enhanced yields but also aligns with the ambitions of achieving carbon neutrality. This book therefore represents a timely addition to a rapidly expanding field that serves global food security, sustainability, and marine conservation aims. Addressing the challenges and solutions related to shellfish genetic breeding and aquaculture, this book is structured into two main sections: 1) genetic breeding, which introduces major breeding technologies, recent advancements, and practical examples, and 2) aquaculture, which focuses on how major cultivated species can achieve efficient and healthy industrialized cultivation. To improve the accessibility of this book to broad audiences, early chapters summarize the basic biology and ecology of shellfish before delving into the theory and research of genetic breeding practices. Latter chapters apply theory to practice, offering practical guidance on mature and novel cultivation models and technical directions for stakeholders and technicians working in shellfish cultivation industries. Genetic Breeding and Aquaculture of Shellfish bridges scientific innovation with practical application to navigate the progress of shellfish aquaculture in the 21st century and contribute to the sustainable development of global aquaculture. It is an essential resource for students, academic researchers, industry scientists, and aquaculture technicians spanning shellfish research and aquaculture sectors.