Agricultural Research Updates. Volume 42


Prathamesh Gorawala and Srushti Mandhatri (Editors)

Series: Agricultural Research Updates
BISAC: TEC003000

This volume includes eight chapters that provide updates in agricultural research. Chapter One focuses on elaborating the rice straw characteristics and its sustenance as a valuable material for commercial, industrial and environmental applications. Chapter Two aims to provide a literature review that assesses the role of ruminants, particularly cattle, for smallholder farmers in an integrated farming system and its economic impacts. Chapter Three aims to analyze the effect of fermented silage diets using agroindustrial by-products on milk production and cheese characteristics. Chapter Four describes the application of different machine learning algorithms in banana production systems in Venezuela. Chapter 5 shows an overview of published research studies about the features of nettle source, the extraction methodologies employed to obtain vegetable extracts, their bioactive chemical composition as well as some of their viable exploitation targets in order to summarize updated information for future development investigations on this plant. Chapter 6 investigates the competency factors influencing agricultural programmes. Chapter 7 examines the repercussions of climate change on production systems in small ruminants. Finally, in Chapter 8, the potential applications of drones for livestock management is discussed.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Effect of the Inclusion of Agroindustrial By-Products Silage in the Ration of Dairy Goats on Milk Production and Cheese Characteristics during Ripening
Sergio Álvarez, PhD, Pilar Méndez and María Fresno, PhD
Unit of Animal Production, Pasture, and Forage in Arid and Subtropical Areas, Canary Islands Institute for Agricultural Research (ICIA), Tenerife, Spain

Chapter 2. Potential Use of Drones for Livestock Management Using Hokkaido Native
Horses as an Example
Tomoko Saitoh
Field Center of Animal Science and Agriculture, Obihiro University of Agriculture
and Veterinary Medicine, Obihiro, Hokkaido, Japan

Chapter 3. Rice Straw: Composition, Uses and Benefits
Daljeet Kaur, PhD, and Nishi Kant Bhardwaj, PhD
Avantha Centre for Industrial Research and Development, Patiala, Punjab, India

Chapter 4. Overview of the Potential Health Effects and Other Great Benefits from Stinging Nettle
L. López-Hortas, N. Flórez-Fernández, H. Domínguez and M. D. Torres
CINBIO, Chemical Engineering Department, University of Vigo (Campus Ourense), Ourense, Spain

Chapter 5. Exploring Lecturers’ Competency Factors Influencing the Teaching of Agricultural Programmes in Technical and Vocational Education and Training Colleges, South Africa
Ramongwane Daniel Sephokgole1, Manto Sylvia Ramaligela2 and Moses Makgato3
1Department of Technical and Vocational Education, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa
2Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, University of Limpopo, Polokwane, South Africa
3Department of Technical and Vocational Education, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa

Chapter 6. Machine Learning and the New Sustainable Agriculture: Applications in Banana Production Systems of VenezuelaBarlin Orlando Olivares1,, PhD, Deyanira Lobo2, PhD, Juan Carlos Rey3, MSc, Julio Calero4, PhD, Juan Navas5, PhD, José Gómez5, PhD, and Blanca Landa5, PhD
1University of Cordoba. Rabanales Campus, Doctoral Program in Agricultural, Food, Forestry Engineering and Sustainable Rural Development, Córdoba, Spain
2Central University of Venezuela, Faculty of Agronomy, Maracay, Venezuela
3National Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA-CENIAP), Maracay, Venezuela
4University of Jaén, Department of Geology, Faculty of Experimental Sciences, Jaén, Spain
5Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (IAS), CSIC, Córdoba, Spain

Chapter 7. Effect of Elevated Ambient Temperatures Due to Climatic Change on the Production Systems in Small Ruminants
Panagiotis E. Simitzis1, PhD, Eleni S. Apostolaki2, PhD, and Maria A. Charismiadou1, PhD
1Laboratory of Animal Breeding and Husbandry, Department of Animal Science,
School of Animal Biosciences, Agricultural University of Athens, Athens, Greece
2Directorate of Animal Husbandry Systems, General Directorate of Agriculture, Hellenic Ministry of Rural Development and Food, Athens, Greece

Chapter 8. Potential Development of Crop-Livestock Integration System and Its Economic Impact
Yenni Yusriani1, Fitriawaty1, Allaily2, Nurul Hilmiati3, PhD, and Sari Yanti Hayanti1
1Research Center for Animal Husbandry, Research Organization for Agriculture and Food, National Research and Innovation Agency of The Republic of Indonesia (BRIN), Cibinong Sciences Center, Cibinong, Bogor, Indonesia
2Animal Husbandry Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh, Indonesia
3Research Center for Social Welfare, Village and Connectivity, Indonesia


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