Agricultural Research Updates. Volume 46


Prathamesh Gorawala and Srushti Mandhatri (Editors)

Series: Agricultural Research Updates
BISAC: TEC003000

This volume contains nine chapters that detail advances in agricultural research. Chapter One presents studies on the impact of the ecologically friendly polycomponent microbial biostimulants on physiological and molecular-genetic characteristics of growth and development of crops like wheat and potato. Chapter Two brings together a collection of information on nitrogen management in forage crops. Chapter Three attempts to underscore the recent advances in biostimulants’ effects on date palm and durum wheat under favorable and drought stress conditions. Chapter Four focuses on the role of natural biostimulants in improving agricultural productivity in the Mediterranean region. Chapter Five addresses questions related to biotic and abiotic stress, and their role in plants. Chapter Six reflects on the relevance of rural identity as a potential development factor in areas with low economic dynamism and strong social and economic imbalances. Chapter Seven suggests a holistic framework for assessing farms’ competitiveness, taking into account economic, financial, and governance efficiency, and evaluates absolute and comparative competitiveness of governing structures of Bulgarian farming. Chapter Eight addresses the use, dosage and application of tocopherol in agricultural crops. Lastly, Chapter Nine discusses rethinking farm structure designs for climate change adaptation.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Role of Polycomponent Biostimulants in Increasing Plant Resistance to Biotic and Abiotic Stress Factors
Victoria A. Tsygankova1, Svitlana I. Spivak2, Elena N. Shysha2, Natalia L. Pastukhova2, Lyudmila A. Biliavska3, Galyna A. Iutynska3, Viktor M. Kyrylenko2, Alla I. Yemets2 and Yaroslav B. Blume2
V. P. Kukhar Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry and Petrochemistry, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
2Institute of Food Biotechnology and Genomics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
3D. K. Zabolotny Institute of Microbiology and Virology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine

Chapter 2. Nitrogen Nutrition in Forage Crops, Such as Millet and Sorghum, Under Conditions of Drought Stress
Afsaneh Nematpour1 and Hamid Reza Eshghizadeh2
1Department of Bioscience and Technology for Food, Agriculture and Environment, University of Teramo, Teramo, Italy
2Department of Agronomy and Plant Breeding, College of Agriculture, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran

Chapter 3. Biostimulants for Upgrading Plant and Soil Health Statuses: Testimonials from Date Palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) and Durum Wheat (Triticum durum Desf.)
Fatima-Zahra Akensous1,2, Nizar El Mazouni1,2,3, Mohamed Mesnaoui3,4 and Abdelilah Meddich1,2
Center of Agrobiotechnology and Bioengineering, Research Unit Labeled CNRST (Centre AgroBiotech-URL-CNRST-05), “Physiology of Abiotic Stresses” Team, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco
2Laboratory of Agro-Food, Biotechnologies and Valorization of Plant Bioresources (AGROBIOVAL), Faculty of Science Semlalia, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakesh, Morocco
3Laboratory of Materials Sciences and Processes Optimization, Chemistry of Condensed Matter and Environment Team, Chemistry Department, Faculty of Sciences Semlalia, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakesh, Morocco
4Center of Excellence in Soil and Fertilizer Research in Africa (CESFRA), AgroBioSciences, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Ben Guerir, Morocco

Chapter 4. Boosting Agricultural Productivity in the Mediterranean: Harnessing Natural Biostimulants to Alleviate Abiotic Constraints
Redouane Ouhaddou1,2, Mohamed Anli1,2,3, Lahoucine Ech-chatir1,2, Raja Ben-Laouane1,2,4, Abderrahim Boutasknit1,2, Wissal Benaffari1,2 and Abdelilah Meddich1,2
1Center of Agrobiotechnology and Bioengineering, Research Unit labelled CNRST (Centre AgroBiotech-URL-7 CNRST- 05) Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakesh, Morocco, Abiotic and Biotic Constraints Team
2Laboratory of Agro-Food, Biotechnologies and Valorization of Plant Bioresources (AGROBIOVAL), Department of Biology, Faculty of Science Semlalia, Cadi Ayyad University (UCA), Marrakesh, Morocco, Plant Physiology and Biotechnology Team
3Department of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of the Comoros, Patsy University Center, Faculty of Science and Techniques, Moroni, Comoros
4Laboratory of Environment and Health, Department of Biology,  Faculty of Science and Techniques, Errachidia, Morocco

Chapter 5. The Integral Biostimulation of Crops Under Biotic and Abiotic Stress
Víctor García-Gaytán, PhD
El Colegio de Michoacán, A.C., La Piedad de Cavadas, Michoacán, México

Chapter 6. Rural Identity and the Protection of Natural Resources as a Potential Factor of Development
Álvarez Lorente Tamara, PhD
Department of Sociology, Sociology faculty University of Granada, Spain

Chapter 7. What Is the Real Competitiveness of Governing Structures of Bulgarian Farming?
Hrabrin Bachev
Institute of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria

Chapter 8. Tocopherol: Structural Protector of the Chloroplast Against Oxidative Stress in Higher Plants
Fanny Hernández-Mendoza1, PhD and Víctor García-Gaytán2, PhD
1Colegio de Postgraduados, Campus Montecillo, Texcoco Estado de México, México
2El Colegio de Michoacán, A.C., La Piedad de Cavadas, Michoacán, México

Chapter 9. Re-Thinking Farm Structure Designs for Climate Change Adaptation: The Case of a Miniaturized Shelter for Pig Raising and Other Functions
Ricardo F. Orge and Derose A. Sawey-Valenciano
Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), Maligaya, Science City of Muñnoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines


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