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Handbook of Operations Research in Agriculture and the Agri-Food Industry

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  • © 2015


  • Presents the state of the art in agricultural operations research
  • Demand will increase as climate and population change affects food production
  • Covers agricultural OR and derived applications for the entire agri-food industry

Part of the book series: International Series in Operations Research & Management Science (ISOR, volume 224)

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Table of contents (20 chapters)


About this book

The scope of this book is Operations Research methods in Agriculture and a thorough discussion of derived applications in the Agri-food industry. The book summarizes current research and practice in this area and illustrates the development of useful approaches to deal with actual problems arising in the agriculture sector and the agri-food industry.

This book is intended to collect in one volume high quality chapters on Methods and Applications in Agriculture and Agri-food industry considering both theoretical issues and application results. Methods applied to problems in agriculture and the agri-food industry include, but are not restricted to, the following themes:

  • Dynamic programming
  • Multi-criteria decision methods
  • Markov decision processes
  • Linear programming
  • Stochastic programming
  • Parameter estimation and knowledge acquisition
  • Learning from data
  • Simulation
  • Descriptive and normative decision tree techniques, including: agent modelling and simulation, and state of the art surveys

Each chapter includes some standard and traditional methodology but also some recent research advances. All the applications presented in the chapters have been inspired and motivated by the demands from the agriculture and food production areas.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Mathematics Faculty of Law and Economics, University of Lleida, Lleida, Spain

    Lluis M. Plà-Aragonés

About the editor

Lluís M. Plà-Aragonès is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Lleida (UdL) and a Senior Researcher in the Animal Production Area at the UdL-IRTA Center. His research interests include operational research methods applied in agriculture and forest management, with special reference to simulation, dynamic programming, Markov decision processes and production planning. He coordinates the EURO working group called Operational Research in Agriculture and Forest management. He is also a member of INFORMS and EURO.

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