Global Perspectives on Underutilized Crops

  • Munir Ozturk
  • Khalid Rehman Hakeem
  • Muhammad Ashraf
  • Muhammad Sajid Aqeel Ahmad

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Wudeneh Letchamo, Munir Ozturk, Volkan Altay, Mirza Musayev, Nazim A. Mamedov, Khalid Rehman Hakeem
    Pages 25-82
  3. Munir Ozturk, Volkan Altay, Nesrin Orçen, Ahmet Emre Yaprak, Gül Nilhan Tuğ, Aykut Güvensen
    Pages 83-108
  4. Muhammad Kafi, Azra N. Kamili, Amjad M. Husaini, Munir Ozturk, Volkan Altay
    Pages 109-149
  5. Ammatanda A. Greeshma, Kandikere R. Sridhar, Mundamoole Pavithra
    Pages 151-164
  6. Muhammad Aasim, Allah Bakhsh, Muhammed Sameeullah, Mehmet Karataş, Khalid Mahmood Khawar
    Pages 165-187
  7. Farooq Ahmad, Mansoor Hameed, Muhammad Sajid Aqeel Ahmad
    Pages 189-206
  8. Shahina A. Ghazanfar
    Pages 207-216
  9. Dursun Eşiyok, M. Kadri Bozokalfa, Tansel Kaygısız Aşçıoğul
    Pages 217-257
  10. M. Aasim, F. S. Baloch, M. A. Nadeem, Allah Bakhsh, M. Sameeullah, S. Day
    Pages 381-408
  11. Ishtiaq Ahmad, Habib Ahmad, Inamullah, Zulfiqar Malik
    Pages 409-424
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 437-448

About this book


Increase in world population, extreme weather conditions, decrease in fresh water supplies, and changes of dietary habits are major issues that affect global food security. We are expected to face the challenges of land use by 2050 because population will reach 9 billion while agricultural productivity losses are expected due to overuse of lands.  How can we feed the next generations in a manner that respects our finite natural resources? Managing our resources in a sustainable way have only begun for selected crops. Much remains to be done to increase food yield. Cropping practices capable of sustainable production need to be elaborated, especially in fragile ecosystems. Typical applications will include the improvement and use of genetic resources; crop management and diversification; diffusion of improved varieties; development of cropping systems; sustainable cropping systems for areas prone to environmental degradation; use of agro-ecological data for crop production forecasting; and networks for regional coordination, and data exchange. The impetus behind this book is to bring attention to a cropping system that bear direct relevance to sustainable agriculture and food security. “Underutilized” crops are found in numerous agricultural ecosystems and often survive mainly in marginal areas. It is timely to review their status because, in recent decades, scientific and economic interests have emerged which focus on lesser-known cultivated species. Underutilized crops have a great potential to alleviate hunger directly, through increasing food production in challenging environments where major crops are severely limited.

“Global Perspectives on Underutilized Crops” is therefore topical and highlights the unmet agricultural challenges that we face today.  This book is an important resource for students and researchers of crop science and agricultural policy makers.


Agronomy Economy Sustainable Production Food Security Genetic Engineering

Editors and affiliations

  • Munir Ozturk
    • 1
  • Khalid Rehman Hakeem
    • 2
  • Muhammad Ashraf
    • 3
  • Muhammad Sajid Aqeel Ahmad
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Botany and Center for Environmental StudiesEge UniversityIzmirTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of ScienceKing Abdulaziz UniversityJeddahSaudi Arabia
  3. 3.Pakistan Science FoundationIslamabadPakistan
  4. 4.Department of BotanyUniversity of AgricultureFaisalabadPakistan

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