CERNAS – Current Evolution and Research Novelty in Agricultural Sustainability
- ISBN978-3-0365-9602-0 (Hardback)
- ISBN978-3-0365-9603-7 (PDF)
This book is a reprint of the Special Issue CERNAS – Current Evolution and Research Novelty in Agricultural Sustainability that was published in
This reprint addresses original studies and reviews focused on the current evolution and research novelty in agricultural sustainability.New developments are discussed on issues related with quality of soil, natural fertilizers, or the sustainable use of land and water. Also, crop protection techniques are pivotal for sustainable food production under the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, allied to innovative weed control methodologies, as a way to reduce the utilization of pesticides. The role of precision and smart agriculture is becoming more pertinent as communication technologies improve at a rapid rate. Waste management, reuse of agro-industrial residues, extension of shelf life, and use of new technologies are methods to reduce food waste, all contributing to higher sustainability in food supply chains and leading to more rational use of natural resources. The unquestionable role of bees as pollinators and contributors to biodiversity is adjacent to characterizing beekeeping activities, which in turn contributes, together with the valorization of endemic varieties of plant foods, to the development of local communities. Finally, short circuits and local food markets have a decisive role in the preservation and enhancement of rural economies.