Union Catalogue of Agricultural Libraries in the Netherlands
The WUR Library Catalogue contains bibliographic data on books and periodicals held by the libraries of Wageningen University and Research Centre and some 15 associated libraries. Holding data are added to each record.
Subjects covered include Agrotechnology, Food and Food Production, Plant and Animal Sciences, Soil Science, Geo-information, Landscape and Spatial Planning, Water and Climate, Ecosystem Studies, Economics and Society.
The joint collections of the participating libraries cover a substantial part of the internationally available scientific literature in these disciplines.
As far as Dutch scientific literature in these fields is concerned, coverage can be considered near 100%, including much of the so-called "grey literature".
All titles are entered in their original language. Keywords are added to facilitate subject searching.
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The oil palm (Elaeis quineensis Jacq.) is of great importance to the people of West Tropical and Equatorial Africa. This palm is there a major food crop under semi-wild conditions and since the end of the 18th century a principal commercial crop. In the first chapters the centres of diversity, natural habitats, domestication and natural and farmer's selection of the oil palm are discussed. The main part deals with the semi-wild palm groves, their classification, yield and ways of increasing yield. Botanical, phytopathological, economic and sociological factors concerning these palm groves were investigated.The main conclusion was that as the human population increased, the standard of living would fall more and more, unless better agricultural methods were introduced for the oil palm and other food and commercial crops. One such method is the replacement of palm groves by farmer's and commercial plantations of the oil palm and other perennial crops, and by arable land. This would be an expensive undertaking and would need sufficient knowledge of the work and much concern from the government and farmers.
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