Higher Education

The Science of Agriculture: A Biological Approach, 4th Edition

  • Ray V. Herren University of Georgia, Athens (Emeritus)
  • ISBN-10: 1439057761  |  ISBN-13: 9781439057766
  • 672 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2002, 1996
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $158.25
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Overview

THE SCIENCE OF AGRICULTURE: A BIOLOGICAL APPROACH, 4th EDITION integrates biological sciences with modern agricultural concepts. The aim of the text is to provide students with a basic understanding of the concepts behind the agricultural industry. Traditionally, agriculture texts have concentrated on the “how” behind the industry. Instead this edition concentrates more on the “why” behind the industry. Easy-to-follow and superbly illustrated, this text will develop the reader’s comprehension of Agriscience, as thorough coverage is given to plant and animal systems, soils, cell functions, genetics, genetic engineering, plant and animal reproduction, entomology, the uses of biotechnology, environmental concerns as well as new direction in agriculture and careers. The text also includes an examination of the controversy and concerns over the use of genetic engineering, genetically modified organisms, cloning, and their perceived and potential dangers to humans and the environment. Throughout the text an emphasis is placed on critical thinking, and practical activities to reinforce key information are featured at the end of each chapter. Each chapter begins with clearly-stated learning objectives, followed by key terminology. Chapters close with student learning activities intended to extend learning beyond the text material. End-of-Chapter test questions, in True/False; Short Answer/Discussion; and Multiple Choice formats help to evaluate students’ understanding of the concepts presented in the text. THE SCIENCE OF AGRICULTURE: A BIOLOGICAL APPROACH, 4th EDITION is supported by a robust suite of student and instructor resources.

Additional Product Information

Features and Benefits

  • Current information on animal cloning, food safety and nutrition, GMOs, soil classification, and organic food production and labeling.
  • Presents agricultural and biological concepts for a better understanding of the agricultural industry.
  • Connects real life scenarios with biological principles to help students retain the concepts presented.
  • Excellent illustrations and use of color lead to a clearer understanding of key concepts and facilitate learning.
  • Student-based activities reinforce learning.
  • Comprehensive coverage of all aspects of Agriscience with the necessary balance of biology, chemistry, and physics.
  • Chapters are thorough, encouraging students to think critically and probe the links between science and agriculture.

Table of Contents

1. The Science of Agriculture.
2. Soil: The Source of Life.
3. Cells: Agriculture’s Building Blocks.
4. The Science of Genetics.
5. Genetic Engineering.
6. The Classification of Agricultural Organisms.
7. Plant Systems.
8. Plant Reproduction.
9. Plant Growth.
10. Animal Systems.
11. Animal Reproduction.
12. Animal Growth.
13. Plant and Animal Diseases.
14. Weed Science.
15. Agricultural Entomology.
16. The Science of Forestry.
17. The Science of Aquaculture.
18. Agriculture and the Environment.
19. Wildlife and Management
20. A Safe Food Supply.
21. The Science of Food Preservation.
22. The Science of Fiber Production.
23. Producing Organically Grown Products.
24. New Directions in Agriculture.
25. Energy from Agriculture.
26. Careers in Agricultural Science.
27. The Agriscience Fair.
28. Laboratory Safety.
Appendix A: Developing Career Skills and Habits.
Appendix B: Plan Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs.
Glossary.
Index.

What's New

  • New separate chapter dedicated to the expanded use of agricultural crops as an energy source.
  • All new chapters on Wildlife Management.
  • Contains updated illustrations throughout the text to showcase the latest techniques and technologies used in agriculture.
  • Objective lists broken out into Agriscience Objectives and Science Objectives.
  • Update BioBriefs are included in each chapter to bring the most current trends in agricultural scientific research to light.

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Lab Manual CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1439057729 | ISBN-13: 9781439057728)

The Lab Manual CD-ROM contains pdf’s of both the student edition of the lab manual and lab manual instructor’s guide. This product is designed as a cost saving tool for instructors, allowing you to print off as many labs as you would like for the life of the book.

List Price = $685.95  | CengageBrain Price = $685.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $507.75

Classroom Interactive CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1439057710 | ISBN-13: 9781439057711)

This CD -ROM contains four different “game-show-themed” applications to be run by the instructor. All questions are taken directly from the readings of the text and serve as great tools to reinforce the main concepts of each unit.

List Price = $238.95  | CengageBrain Price = $238.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $177.00

Instructor's Manual for Lab Manual  (ISBN-10: 1439057737 | ISBN-13: 9781439057735)

The Lab Manual Instructor’s Guide provides answers to the lab exercises and additional guidance for the instructor.

Lab Manual  (ISBN-10: 1439057745 | ISBN-13: 9781439057742)

The Laboratory Manual is a valuable tool designed to enhance your students learning experience by applying and reinforcing methods utilized by agricultural and biological scientists. This comprehensive, science-based lab manual reinforces science concepts introduced in the text. It is recommended that students complete each lab to confirm their understanding of essential science content. Great care has been taken to provide instructors with low-cost, strong-content labs.

List Price = $127.95  | CengageBrain Price = $127.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $96.00

Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1439057753 | ISBN-13: 9781439057759)

The Instructor’s Manual serves as an instructional resource and provides teaching tips or guidelines, essay questions, answers to review and test questions, key objectives, glossary, appendices and exercises for content reinforcement.

ClassMaster CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1439057702 | ISBN-13: 9781439057704)

The ClassMaster CD-ROM contains the following educational tools: Instructor’s Guide to the text (in PDF format), Electronic Slide Presentations containing over 375 slides focusing on each chapter’s key points to facilitate classroom presentations, a Computerized Test Bank of over 2400 questions with answers and Internet testing capability, and an Image Library containing all the figures illustrated in the text. Also available: all new printable student worksheets containing crossword puzzles and other activities designed to reinforce the materials contained in the text.

Student Supplements

Lab Manual CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1439057729 | ISBN-13: 9781439057728)

The Lab Manual CD-ROM contains pdf’s of both the student edition of the lab manual and lab manual instructor’s guide. This product is designed as a cost saving tool for instructors, allowing you to print off as many labs as you would like for the life of the book.

List Price = $685.95  | CengageBrain Price = $685.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $507.75

Classroom Interactive CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1439057710 | ISBN-13: 9781439057711)

This CD -ROM contains four different “game-show-themed” applications to be led by your instructor in the classroom. All questions are taken directly from the readings of the text and serve as great tools to reinforce the main concepts of each unit.

List Price = $238.95  | CengageBrain Price = $238.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $177.00

Lab Manual  (ISBN-10: 1439057745 | ISBN-13: 9781439057742)

The Laboratory Manual is a valuable tool designed to enhance your learning experience by applying and reinforcing methods utilized by agricultural and biological scientists. This comprehensive, science-based lab manual reinforces science concepts found in the text. It is recommended that you complete each lab to confirm your understanding of essential science content.

List Price = $127.95  | CengageBrain Price = $127.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $96.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Ray V. Herren

Ray V. Herren has been actively involved in agriculture for most of his life. He grew up on a diversified farm, where he played a major role in the production of livestock. He obtained a bachelor of science degree in agricultural education from Auburn University, a master's degree in agribusiness education from Alabama A & M, and a doctorate in vocational education (with an emphasis in agricultural education) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Herren has taught at Virginia Tech, Oregon State University, and the University of Georgia in Athens, where he recently retired as head of the Department of Agriculture Leadership, Education, and Communication. In addition to being a national leader in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Alumni organization, he has served on numerous committees from the local to international level, including a national task force to develop FFA programs for middle school and the National Committee for Career Development Events. His prolific scholarly activity includes 26 journal articles, 51 invited or refereed presentations, and 12 books and manuals. He has also earned several awards for his commitment to service, as well as UGA's prestigious College of Education Outstanding Teaching Award.