This book presents the main technological characteristics of 283 tropical and 17 temperate tree species most frequently encountered in Europe together with their main uses. Timber industry operators, producers and consumers alike, are the main users. This atlas serves as an educational reference tool for teaching and training in the area of forestry and tropical timber.
The recycling of organic waste can be considered an agro-ecological practice which enhances soil fertility, reduces environmental impacts and promotes a circular economy. This book gives readers insight into the bio-geochemical processes involved in recycling organic waste and the products derived therefrom. It offers solutions for various social, economic and cultural contexts, North and South.
Based on a specific experience relating to an artisanal fishery study in Senegal, the author shows that the role of statistics must sometimes go beyond that for which it was initially intended. When findings clash with reality at the conclusion of a research programme, it could be that there is no clear relationship with the initial question(s) posed. That is when statisticians must get involved.
This book, written by a scientist who specialises in cocoa and is a chocolate lover himself, takes us on a journey around the world to discover the culture of cocoa and its processing. Step by step along the way we meet small growers, merchants, traders and chocolate makers. Nutritionists and law makers reveal secrets and guidelines. We view the process through the eyes of a chemist as we explore the molecules of the aroma and follow them during the fermentation and roasting of the beans. Eventually we get to taste the chocolate and distinguish the different locations where beans are grown. Filled with the author's personal experiences, this beautiful book introduces us to the great history of chocolate, the saga of a delicacy known as the "food of the gods".
Without water there would be no life on Earth. However, between excess and shortage, droughts and floods, against a backdrop of climate change, the water issue has become a major challenge for the 20th century. Can we continue to consume water at this pace? Will we have to reduce our daily water consumption to preserve this precious resource? How will we manage the risks associated with water and the conflicts they may cause. In a style as clear as spring water, this work gives us the essentials needed to better harness this vital resource.
Insects as part of our future diet!
Just a rumour or a feasible prediction? An entomologist and a nutrition specialist have joined forces to take stock of past and emerging practices and discuss whether insects are a problem or possibly the solution to the food problems of tomorrow... Written in a humorous and easy to read style, this book gives you all the information you need to form your own opinion and, who knows, maybe you will even include insects in your next meal ... Would you care for a little more caterpillar?
Conservation of grain once harvested is a key issue in the fight against food shortages and hunger. Cereal losses may be as high as 30% of gross production due to poor conservation, storage or loss due to other factors. This book, a handy reference for all those working first-hand to reduce post-harvest losses, discusses the different aspects of grain conservation: drying, storage and fighting insects and rodents.
This new version of the famous Glossary of Soil Science now defines more than 1200 specific terms and gives their English equivalent. The author develops his concept of modern soil science but the work is not neutral as dictionaries tend to be. Here you will find a selection of truly useful soil science terms in French as well as many terms related to soil pollution.
Concombres de mer, oursins, ophiures et lys de mer forment avec les étoiles de mer, le groupe zoologique des échinodermes, une composante importante de la biodiversité marine, avec un rôle écologique de tout premier ordre. Mais que savez-vous d’eux ? Des réponses claires et complètes pour aller à la rencontre de ces intrigantes créatures marines.
Coal, gas and petroleum - resources that are not inexhaustible - produce greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. Plants could be a genuine alternative to these fossil products, at least partially, for both the energy sector and for materials and other products derived from petroleum. This work takes stock of this new chemistry known as “phytochemistry” or “biosourced chemistry”.