Agricultural Science for CSEC Examinations 2nd Edition
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Agricultural Science for CSEC Examinations 2nd Edition

By Marion Perrett-Pearson, Ronald Ramharacksingh
US$ 23.60
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Book Description

Agricultural Science for CSEC Examinations, second edition, provides comprehensive syllabus coverage with a modern approach and engaging features.
Caribbean approach
Written in close collaboration with teachers, students and practitioners from across the Caribbean.
Case studies
Caribbean case studies from local industry persons provide relevant and up-to-date examples of real-world Agricultural Science.
Practical activities
Included throughout to provide hands on practice outside, inside and online.
ITQs
In text questions check knowledge and encourage critical thinking.
Practice questions
Exam style questions prepare students for assessment and provide useful homework tasks.
Revision maps
New revision maps feature helps students to visualise how concepts fit together.
SBA
SBA section with sample project and online guidance shows students how to approach their work.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • About the authors
  • Advisors and contributors
  • Preface
  • How to use this book
  • Section A: Introduction to agriculture
    • Unit 1 Agricultural science and agriculture
      • 1.1 The relationship between agriculture and agricultural science
      • 1.2 The history of agriculture in the Caribbean
      • 1.3 Non-conventional and conventional crop systems
      • 1.4 The principles of organic farming
    • Unit 2 Role of agriculture and support services
      • 2.1 The importance of agriculture in national, regional and international economies
      • 2.2 Types of agricultural enterprises
      • 2.3 Institutions concerned with agricultural development in the Caribbean
    • Unit 3 Challenges in agriculture
      • 3.1 Local and regional challenges
  • Section B: Crop production
    • Unit 4 Anatomy and physiology
      • 4.1 The uses of plants in agriculture
      • 4.2 The structure of plants
      • 4.3 Plant processes
      • 4.4 Sexual and asexual reproduction in plants
      • 4.5 Techniques used in plant propagation
      • 4.6 Conditions necessary for germination
    • Unit 5 Environmental factors affecting crop growth
      • 5.1 Effects of environmental factors on plant growth and development
      • 5.2 Process of soil formation
      • 5.3 The importance of a soil profile
      • 5.4 The major components of soil
      • 5.5 The physical and chemical properties of major soil types
      • 5.6 The availability of soil water for crop use
      • 5.7 The importance of major and minor nutrients used in crop production
      • 5.8 The factors affecting soil fertility
      • 5.9 Maintaining soil fertility
      • 5.10 Soil and water conservation methods
    • Unit 6 Plant genetics, breeding and biotechnology
      • 6.1 The principles of genetic inheritance
      • 6.2 The role of plant breeding
      • 6.3 Biotechnology in plant improvement
    • Unit 7 Land preparation and farm machinery
      • 7.1 Land preparation methods
      • 7.2 The importance and functions of machinery used in crop husbandry
      • 7.3 Safety precautions when operating tools, machinery and equipment
      • 7.4 Care and maintenance of tools and equipment
    • Unit 8 Crop management
      • 8.1 Cultivation of crops
      • 8.2 Major cropping systems
      • 8.3 Cultural practices associated with crop production
      • 8.4 The effects of weeds on crop production
      • 8.5 Methods of weed control
      • 8.6 Pests and crop damage
      • 8.7 Major crop diseases
      • 8.8 Chemicals in the environment
      • 8.9 Pest and disease management
      • 8.10 The importance of plant quarantine
    • Unit 9 Harvesting and post-production management
      • 9.1 Harvesting crops
      • 9.2 Harvesting methods
      • 9.3 Post-harvest handling procedures
      • 9.4 Post-harvest management
  • Section C: Animal production
    • Unit 10 Introduction to animal sciences
      • 10.1 Breeds of farm animals
      • 10.2 Uses of different breeds of farm animals
      • 10.3 Species of fish and bees
    • Unit 11 Structure, anatomy and physiology
      • 11.1 The structures and functions of the digestive systems of non-ruminants and ruminants
      • 11.2 The process of digestion
    • Unit 12 Nutrition and management
      • 12.1 The ‘complete ration’
      • 12.2 Rations for broilers and layers
      • 12.3 Feed conversion ratio (FCR)
      • 12.4 The importance of FCR
      • 12.5 Systems of grazing
      • 12.6 The importance of forages in livestock feeding
      • 12.7 Feeding ruminants when forage is unavailable
      • 12.8 The care of young chicks and rabbits
      • 12.9 Management practices associated with rearing broilers, layers and rabbits
      • 12.10 Rearing a batch of broilers
      • 12.11 Animal health
      • 12.12 Pests and diseases of poultry and rabbits: symptoms, prevention and control
      • 12.13 Pests and diseases of livestock: symptoms, prevention and control
    • Unit 13 Fish and bee management
      • 13.1 Factors in establishing and managing a fish farm
      • 13.2 Factors for the keeping of bees
      • 13.3 Economic importance of keeping bees
      • 13.4 The types of bees in a hive
      • 13.5 The social activities of bees
      • 13.6 Pests and diseases of bees
      • 13.7 Honey and other bee products
    • Unit 14 Animal genetics, breeding and reproduction
      • 14.1 Breeding systems in animal production
      • 14.2 Advantages of cross-breeding
      • 14.3 Genetic engineering in livestock production
      • 14.4 Terms used in animal reproduction
      • 14.5 Artificial insemination in farm animals
      • 14.6 Advantages and disadvantages of artificial insemination
      • 14.7 The structure of an egg
      • 14.8 Egg formation and incubation in poultry
    • Unit 15 Animal products
      • 15.1 Slaughtering procedures
      • 15.2 The dressing percentage of farm animals
      • 15.3 Animal products and by-products
      • 15.4 Rearing layer birds and the production of eggs
  • Section D: The business of farming
    • Unit 16 Economic factors of production
      • 16.1 Factors of production related to agriculture
      • 16.2 Concepts of the value and supply chains
      • 16.3 The relationship between production, marketing and consumption
      • 16.4 Demand, supply and price relationships
      • 16.5 The ‘law of diminishing returns’
    • Unit 17 Farm financing and support services
      • 17.1 Obtaining capital
      • 17.2 Cooperatives
      • 17.3 Incentives available to farmers
    • Unit 18 Farm organisation and planning
      • 18.1 Preparing different types of farm records
      • 18.2 Income and expenditure
      • 18.3 Complete and partial budgets
    • Unit 19 Marketing of agricultural products
      • 19.1 The role of marketing in agricultural production
      • 19.2 The steps of marketing
      • 19.3 The process of marketing agricultural products
      • 19.4 The importance of international trade agreements
  • Section E: Farm management technologies
    • Unit 20 Environmental monitoring
      • 20.1 Using appropriate technology to collect environmental data
      • 20.2 Analysing environmental data
      • 20.3 Applying environmental data to decision-making
      • 20.4 Use of appropriate technologies for conservation of environmental
    • Unit 21 Nursery management technologies
      • 21.1 Preparation of compost
      • 21.2 Prepare propagation and growing media
      • 21.3 Proper handling procedures for different types of media
      • 21.4 Assess seed quality
      • 21.5 Suitable seed storage procedures
      • 21.6 Proper procedures and choice of equipment for establishing plants in a
    • Unit 22 Technologies for non-conventional crop production
      • 22.1 The importance of alternative crop production systems in the Caribbean
      • 22.2 Crop cultivars that are tolerant or resistant to specific abiotic and biotic
      • 22.3 Design a suitable cropping system
      • 22.4 Strategies for water and nutrition management
      • 22.5 Simple water and nutrition management technologies
      • 22.6 Integrated pest management
      • 22.7 Pest management technologies
    • Unit 23 Management practices for livestock
      • 23.1 Caring for young farm animals
      • 23.2 Housing requirements for farm animals
      • 23.3 Housing for broilers, layers and rabbits
      • 23.4 Good agricultural practices to avoid pests and disease in livestock
      • 23.5 Control measures for pests and diseases
      • 23.6 Biotechnology in animal production
    • Unit 24 Harvesting, post-harvesting management and value addition
      • 24.1 Correct stage for harvesting
      • 24.2 Appropriate harvesting procedures
      • 24.3 Appropriate harvesting technology
      • 24.4 Post-harvest management systems
      • 24.5 Proper post-harvesting procedures
      • 24.6 Processes for adding value to the crop produced
    • Unit 25 Post-production handling and processing of livestock
      • 25.1 Processes used to prevent food spoilage
      • 25.2 Principal cuts of meat
      • 25.3 Safety requirements for food processing
      • 25.4 The use of animal by-products and waste in value-added products
    • Unit 26 Agro-engineering
      • 26.1 Designing farm structures
      • 26.2 Suitable materials for farm buildings
      • 26.3 Safety precautions in the operation of tools, machinery and equipment
      • 26.4 The use and operation of mechanical systems in farm equipment
      • 26.5 Care and maintenance of simple tools and equipment
  • Section F: Entrepreneurship and communication
    • Unit 27 Entrepreneurship in agriculture
      • 27.1 The concept of entrepreneurship
      • 27.2 Forms of business organisations
      • 27.3 Establishing an agricultural enterprise
      • 27.4 The importance of SWOT analysis in decision-making for agricultural enterprises
      • 27.5 Factors that contribute to success and failure
      • 27.6 The purpose of key financial statements in decision-making
    • Unit 28 Communication in agri-business
      • 28.1 Channels of communication used in agricultural enterprises
      • 28.2 Factors affecting the selection of a communication channel
      • 28.3 Barriers to effective communication
      • 28.4 Advantages and disadvantages of different communication tools and technologies
      • 28.5 Communicate effectively for different purposes within and outside the food and agriculture sector
  • Answers to ITQs
  • School-Based Assessment
  • Index
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