Agriculture (66)

An Illustrated Guide to Common Grasses Sedges and Rushes of New Zealand

ISBN: 9780473216603

Author: Paul Champion    Publisher: NZ Plant Protection Society

For many years those of us who have to identify grasses as part of our jobs or who just want to find out what plants are called have had to make do with tattere...


For many years those of us who have to identify grasses as part of our jobs or who just want to find out what plants are called have had to make do with tattered old copies of Lambrechsten's What grass is that? or imported works on British or Australian grasses, like Hubbard's Grasses of the British Isles. None of these books fully described the grasses now common in New Zealand, whose numbers have been boosted by the dramatic southward spread of sub-tropical grasses like Kikuyu, paspalum and the bristle grasses. This is the book that bridges the gap. Here at last is a full colour identification guide to grasses, sedges and rushes, groups of plants that are often confused and commonly put in the 'too hard' basket . 'Too hard' is no longer a valid excuse! This guide to grasses and grass-like plants is written for a wide audience, and features outstanding pictures of flowering plants as well as of the critical details needed for accurate identification. Features include an easy-to-follow format, with keys for each category (grass, sedge, rush) to aid identification, excellent colour photographs throughout, and a fully illustrated colour glossary. The authors are Paul Champion from NIWA, expert on plants of wet places; Trevor James of AgResearch, weed wizard and photographer; Ian Popay, formerly of both AgResearch and DOC and now of Landcare Research; and Kerry Ford of Landcare Research, professional agrostologist (look it up). An Illustrated Guide to Common Grasses, Sedges and Rushes of New Zealand covers both native and introduced species and therefore appeals to a wide audience from field professionals to keen amateurs.


$59.99
A Guide to the Identification of New Zealand Weeds in Colour

ISBN: 9780959767612

Author: E A Upritchard    Publisher: NZ Plant Protection Society

A handy, full-colour identification booklet to the common weeds of New Zealand. It is intended as a field guide for people concerned with weeds and their contro...


A handy, full-colour identification booklet to the common weeds of New Zealand. It is intended as a field guide for people concerned with weeds and their control, from the home gardener to the professional scientist. Common and botanical names are included, along with a simple description, and other useful points of note about the plant.


$24.95
Future Challenges in Crop Protection

ISBN: 9780473134716

Author: M R Butcher    Publisher: NZ Plant Protection Society

New Zealand is renowned for its innovative primary production practices and high quality produce. Integrated fruit and wine production are the mainstays of hort...


New Zealand is renowned for its innovative primary production practices and high quality produce. Integrated fruit and wine production are the mainstays of horticultural export while intensive pastoral production, in an environment free of international animal diseases of concern, is the basis of that sector. All sectors are striving for production best practice that has minimal environmental impact, maximises food safety and minimises inputs. Unfortunately New Zealand is not a low cost producer. Land and labour costs are high, therefore 'produce NZ' must be targeted at high value markets. Increasingly producers are being subjected to demands from buyers that add significant compliance costs for no increased financial return. They also face restrictions on production practices by people half a world away with no understanding (or desire to understand) the unique production environment in New Zealand. Their concerns, concealed in phrases such as 'consumer demands', are purely to maximise their market share. The future of New Zealand's primary production industries lies with how these pressures are addressed today.


$39.95
Microbial Products

ISBN: 9780473165314

Author: S M Zydenbos    Publisher: NZ Plant Protection Society

Microbes and their metabolites are poised to play an increasingly important role in agricultural systems as plant protection and growth promotion agents. The im...


Microbes and their metabolites are poised to play an increasingly important role in agricultural systems as plant protection and growth promotion agents. The impetus for change has been driven by consumer and market demands for products with "no-detectable" chemical residues and minimal environmental impacts. These goals can be achieved by harnessing naturally occurring micro-organisms to provide beneficial services of value to agriculture and other industries. An international symposium entitled "Microbial Products: Exploiting Microbial Diversity for Sustainable Plant Production" was held in Dunedin, New Zealand, to investigate the development, production and marketing of microbial products. The symposium speakers came from four continents, and a wide variety of topics was covered, including biocontrol of insects, nematodes and diseases, bioherbicides, bioremediation and plant growth promotion. This book presents the papers written by the speakers and provides insights into the selection of effective strains, production and formulation of the microbes, delivery and application to the targets, regulatory issues and steps for successful commercialisation of microbial products. It will be a particularly valuable source of information for both researchers and companies developing microbial products anywhere in the world.


$39.95
Paddock to PCR

ISBN: 9780473182205

Author: H J Ridgway    Publisher: NZ Plant Protection Society

Molecular biology, and particularly the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), is a relatively new science but has contributed immensely to enhancing the productivity...


Molecular biology, and particularly the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), is a relatively new science but has contributed immensely to enhancing the productivity of, and solving problems in, New Zealand's primary industries. Currently, a large and often daunting array of molecular techniques is available for researchers. The goal of the "Paddock to PCR" symposium was to inform plant protection researchers about the potential, pitfalls, advances and applications in molecular biology by providing examples of where it has been used in a practical setting. It included keynote speakers from Australia and the USA and brought together both those already using molecular techniques as well as those having limited familiarity with this type of research. This book presents the papers written by the speakers, starting with a well balanced introduction that sets the scene and explains the basics of the science. Highlights include papers on next generation sequencing as a tool to increase the rate and quantity of information gathered; the use of microsatellites to track, release and recapture plant pathogens to gather information on dispersal within paddocks and across continents; the application of bioinformatics to assimilate the vast amount of information acquired with modern molecular biology; an explanation of LAMP PCR as a novel biosecurity tool; and easy-to-understand descriptions of advanced molecular techniques such as denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis, terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism and microarrays. This will be a valuable source of information for traditional plant protection scientists as well as a reference for molecular biologists.


$39.95
Surveillance for Biosecurity

ISBN: 9780473141882

Author: K J Froud    Publisher: NZ Plant Protection Society

New Zealand's distance from other land masses and its relatively recent human occupation explain why some of the worst pests and diseases that afflict agricultu...


New Zealand's distance from other land masses and its relatively recent human occupation explain why some of the worst pests and diseases that afflict agriculture and the natural environment elsewhere have not reached our shores. Our biosecurity system, the envy of many other countries, aims to keep it that way. To do that, national biosecurity relies on surveillance - watching for routes by which foreign organisms might get here, looking for new incursions early so that they can be stopped, and using surveillance to detect and stop pests spreading into new areas. The papers presented at the symposium on Surveillance for Biosecurity are now made available here. They represent current New Zealand thinking on how best to find new invasion routes and pests early enough to interrupt the seemingly inexorable spread of invasive pests and diseases to all corners of the globe.


$35.00
Utilising Plant Defences for Pest Control

ISBN: 9780473248000

Author: K V Wurms    Publisher: NZ Plant Protection Society

Plant defence is an essential tool for helping to control pests, but there are currently many challenges to using it to full potential. In 2011, the New Zealand...


Plant defence is an essential tool for helping to control pests, but there are currently many challenges to using it to full potential. In 2011, the New Zealand Plant Protection Society organised a symposium entitled "Utilising Plant Defence for Pest Control" to address ways in which plant defence can be used and the challenges around using it. The eleven papers contained in this publication give local and international examples of how plant defence has been used to overcome insect, disease and weed pests. Topics covered include: plant defence cross talk; use of elicitors; manipulation of volatiles; use of symbiotic endophytes and mycorrhizal fungi; and allelopathy. Limitations of plant defence are discussed, along with suggestions to mitigate problems. This book will serve as a thought-provoking treatise on a topic that is becoming increasingly important in global horticultural and agricultural husbandry.


$39.95
The Plant Protection Data Toolbox

ISBN: 9780473333126

Author: R M Beresford    Publisher: NZ Plant Protection Society

Primary production is increasingly at risk from biosecurity, phytosanitary and pest management threats that require plant protection scientists to utilise new a...


Primary production is increasingly at risk from biosecurity, phytosanitary and pest management threats that require plant protection scientists to utilise new analysis and modelling methods. Researchers must be able to support informed decision making and provide objective advice based on quantitative analyses at a range of levels from regulatory agencies to industry managers and right down to on-farm or on-orchard disease pest management. However, it is increasingly difficult for those scientists to keep up with rapid developments in quantitative biology as well as maintaining their skills and knowledge in systematics, physiology, molecular biology and other areas of plant science. This book gives an up-to-date picture of selected new techniques that go beyond standard statistical and numerical approaches. Four areas are addressed: decision support to assess risk and evaluate uncertainty, data analysis for detection of plant protection threats, multivariate analysis and computational intelligence and data mining in plant protection.


$39.95
An Illustrated Guide to Weed Seeds of New Zealand

ISBN: 9780473224103

Author: Trevor James    Publisher: NZ Plant Protection Society

Now for something completely different! How many of you have ever looked closely at the details of the seeds of weeds? Some, we admit, are rather boring but the...


Now for something completely different! How many of you have ever looked closely at the details of the seeds of weeds? Some, we admit, are rather boring but then again, some of them are absolutely stunning. A glance at the front cover of this book reveals some of huge variation in the size and shape of seeds. Most of the seeds described and pictured are of weedy species, and the pictures show clearly the adaptations that have evolved to ensure they thrive as weeds: hooks and spines to attach the seed to wool, fleece or socks to help spread; awns that twist with wetting and drying to help bury the seed and anchor it in the soil during germination; seeds so tiny they blow like dust in the wind, or larger ones with wings or parachutes so they float on air; corky seed coats that act as life jackets in streams and lakes. This book will be useful for all workers in ecological research, pest plant management or, indeed, for everybody involved in agriculture or horticultural production. It is also of importance to anyone with a general interest in plants and the incredibly different forms that evolution has wrought. The book covers native and introduced species, and also includes seeds of species that have not, as yet, established in New Zealand but which have been intercepted in imported seed or other agricultural products (like cocopeat). The pictures and their descriptions are often not of the seeds as such, but of the form in which they are usually seen, surrounded by remains of flower structures that help in their survival or dispersal. The Introduction, Identification aid and Glossary are followed by 116 pages with 696 superb photographs of 623 different species, all with a brief description and distribution information. The book is spiral bound, 144 pp, with full colour photographs. The authors are Trevor James of AgResearch, Ian Popay from Landcare Research and Paul Champion from NIWA, all weed wizards; Nik Grbavac, seed specialist from Agriquality, Lincoln; and Birgit Rhode of Landcare Research. To find out how Birgit took those amazing photographs you have to buy this book!


$49.99
Farewell Silent Spring - The New Zealand Apple Story

ISBN: 9780473487300

Author: Howard Wearing    Publisher: NZ Plant Protection Society

Farewell Silent Spring tells the story of how, in the course of 50+ years of dedicated R&D, highly toxic broad-spectrum pesticides were removed from the pipfrui...


Farewell Silent Spring tells the story of how, in the course of 50+ years of dedicated R&D, highly toxic broad-spectrum pesticides were removed from the pipfruit orchards of New Zealand. It shows how spraying by the calendar, regardless of need, has been replaced by pest monitoring, biological control, and sophisticated techniques like mating disruption and selective chemicals that are toxic to pests and safe to beneficial species. Integrated fruit production, and then Apple Futures, as the new programme became known, is shown to be on par with organic production in terms of biodiversity and safety to the environment and human health, while maintaining the premium fruit quality required by export markets. New Zealand apple growers can say farewell to the "Silent Spring" predicted by Rachel Carson in her landmark book of 1962. Written by distinguished fruit entomologist and scientist Howard Wearing, this book is a must-read for all involved in the fruit industry and anyone with an interest in safe sustainable food production. Professionals and students of horticulture, entomology, and pest management will find this book an essential gold-mine of information that they will turn to again and again.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 278


Dimensions: 170 x 242 mm


Publication Date: 24-08-2019


$92.00
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