Water Management

Innovations in Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Engineering Practices for Agricultural Production and Water Conservation
An Interdisciplinary Approach

Editors: Megh R Goyal, PhD, PE
R. K. Sivanappan, PhD

Engineering Practices for Agricultural Production and Water Conservation

Published. Available now.
Pub Date: March 2017
Hardback Price: $159.95
Hard ISBN: 9781771884518
E-Book ISBN: 9781315365954
Pages: 438pp w/ index
Binding Type: hardback
Series: Innovations in Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Notes: 21 color and 70 b/w illustrations

This informative new book takes an interdisciplinary look at agricultural and food production and how new engineering practices can be used to enhance production. With contributions from international experts from India, Russia, China, Serbia, and USA, Engineering Practices for Agricultural Production and Water Conservation: An Interdisciplinary Approach presents a selection of chapters from international experts on some of these new and emerging practices, focusing on

  • soil and water conservation and management
  • agricultural processing engineering
  • water quality and management
  • emerging agricultural crops
  • renewable energy use in agriculture
  • applications of nanotechnology in agriculture
With a growing world population and with continuing food and water shortages in areas of the world, food production needs the application of the latest technologies to conserve water, use fertilizer effectively, and reduce waste. The book’s aim is to connect interdisciplinary research areas and to remove the research gap to provide information that can be applied in practice.

The chapters emphasize engineering technology in conjunction with
  • soil and water conservation and management practices
  • methods of rainwater harvesting
  • sustainable ground water in hard rock areas
  • methods of drainage for increasing crop production
  • precision application of fertilizer
  • agricultural processing to save food grains from wastage
  • potential of renewable sources from solid biomass
  • medicinal and aromatic plants farming
This book will provide valuable information for scientists, researchers, farmers, industry professionals, and students and faculty all over the world who need to stay abreast of the latest engineering technology in food and agricultural production.

Part I: Soil and Water Conservation and Management
1. Agricultural Water Management: Challenges in Research and Development
R. K. Sivanappan
2. Rain Water Harvesting: Status, Prospects, Conservation and Management
R. K. Sivanappan
3. Percolation Tanks for Water Conservation for Sustainable Development of Ground Water in Hard-Rock Aquifers
Shrikant Daji Limaye
4. Precision Fertilizer Applicator: Localized and Subsurface Placement
Thaneswer Patel and G. R. Ramakrishna Murthy

Part 2: Agricultural Process Engineering
5. Hypobaric Storage of Horticultural Products: Review
P. Vithu and J. A. Moses
6. Convective Drying of Potato Slices at Low-Temperatures in Full Air Recirculation Dryer
Ivan Zlatanović, Dušan Radojičić, and Goran Topisirović

Part 3: Water Quality and Management
7. Sub-Surface Drainage Systems and Flow Monitoring in Canals for Increasing Crop Productivity in Agriculture
K. Palanisami, R. Doraiswamy, and M. K. Khaishagi
8. Water Quality of Shallow Groundwater: Case Study
Mayank Kumar and Nitin Dabral
9. Electrokinetics Application to Control Nitrate Movement in Soils
Vinod Kumar Tripathi

Part 4: Scope of Emerging Agricultural Crops
10. Scope of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Farming in Eastern India
K. M. Singh
11. Green Synthesis of AGNPS from Spinacia oleracea Leaves and Their Anti-Microbial Efficacy Against Human Pathogenic Microbes
Manbir Kaur, Brahmdutt Arya, and Vedpriya Arya

Part 5: Renewable Energy Use in Agriculture
12. A Comparative Study of Biomass Materials Using Downdraft Gasifier
P. K. Pranav, Thaneswer Patel, and Y. K. Rao
13. Potential of Renewable Sources from Solid Biomass in Serbian and Hungarian Agriculture
Goran Topisirovic and Laszlo Mago
14. Biodiesel Production: A Review on Swida wilsoniana (Wilson’s Dogwood)
Peiwang Li, Youping Sun, Changzhu Li, Lijuan Jiang, Liangbo Zhang, and Zhihong Xiao

Part 6: Nanotechnology Applications in Agriculture
15. Nanotechnology and Its Applications in Agriculture
Rajni Singh, K. P. Singh, and S. P. Singh
16. Nano Particle Based Delivery System and Proposed Application in Agriculture
Deepak Kumar Verma, Shikha Srivastava, Prem Prakash Srivastav, and Bavita Asthir
17. Nanotechnology: Pollution Sensing and Remediation
Vedpriya Arya
18. Natural Pigments and Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (Dssc): A Correlation
Brajesh Kumar

About the Authors / Editors:
Editors: Megh R Goyal, PhD, PE
Retired Professor in Agricultural and Biomedical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus Senior Acquisitions Editor, Biomedical Engineering and Agricultural Science, Apple Academic Press, Inc. email: goyalmegh@gmail.com

Megh R. Goyal, PhD, PE, is a Retired Professor in Agricultural and Biomedical Engineering from the General Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at University of Puerto Rico–Mayaguez Campus; and Senior Acquisitions Editor and Senior Technical Editor-in-Chief in Agriculture and Biomedical Engineering for Apple Academic Press Inc. He has worked as a Soil Conservation Inspector and as a Research Assistant at Haryana Agricultural University and Ohio State University. He was the first agricultural engineer to receive the professional license in Agricultural Engineering in 1986 from the College of Engineers and Surveyors of Puerto Rico. On September 16, 2005, he was proclaimed as “Father of Irrigation Engineering in Puerto Rico for the twentieth century” by the ASABE, Puerto Rico Section, for his pioneering work on micro irrigation, evapotranspiration, agroclimatology, and soil and water engineering. During his professional career of 45 years, he has received many prestigious awards. A prolific author and editor, he has written more than 200 journal articles and textbooks and has edited over 25 books. He received his BSc degree in engineering from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India; his MSc and PhD degrees from Ohio State University, Columbus; and his Master of Divinity degree from Puerto Rico Evangelical Seminary, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, USA.

R. K. Sivanappan, PhD
Consultant/Adviser to World Bank, and other organizations; Former Dean at College of Agricultural Engineering at TNAU, Coimbatore, India

R. K. Sivanappan, PhD, is currently a Consultant and Adviser to World Bank, and other organizations. He is the former Dean at the College of Agricultural Engineering at TNAU, Coimbatore, India. Dr. Sivanappan has worked as a civil engineer in the Public Works Department in Tamil Nadu State and as Lecturer, Professor, and Dean at the College of Agricultural Engineering at TNAU, Coimbatore, India. He was the Founding Director of the Water Technology Centre at TNAU, Coimbatore, which he did by obtaining a sizeable grant from SIDA, Sweden, for his excellent services (Research and Extension Works) in irrigation water management and soil and water conservation, especially for his contribution in the field of drip irrigation. Within India, he has been consultant to the Government of India, national consultancy companies, and other organizations. The recipient of many awards for his work, he was conferred an honorary doctorate degree by the Linkoping University, Sweden, in1989 for his outstanding research on water management. The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) awarded him a Doctor of Science (Honoris causa) for his outstanding services in irrigation management in 2005. He has authored about 30 books on issues in irrigation and water management and innumerable journal articles. He has traveled to more than 30 countries for consultancy work and to attend international conferences, seminars, and workshops.

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