The Theme on Agriculture on Human Health and Nutrition provides the essential aspects and a number of issues of importance in human life: Global Prevalence of Micronutrient Malnutrition and Impacts on the Health of Children; Community-Centered Food-Based Strategies for Alleviating and Preventing Malnutrition; Influence of Mineral Fertilizers on Nutritional Quality of Staple Food Crops; Molecular Genetic Approaches to Improve the Nutritional Quality of Staple Food Crops; Nutritional Consequences of Using Organic Agricultural Methods in Developing Countries which are then expanded into multiple subtopics, each as a chapter. These two volumes are aimed at the following five major target audiences: University and College students Educators, Professional practitioners, Research personnel and Policy analysts, managers, and decision makers and NGOs.
Ismail Cakmak received both his B.S. (1980) and M.S. (1981) degrees in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition from the University of Cukurova in Adana, Turkey, and his Ph.D. (1988) in Plant Nutritional Physiology from the Hohenhein University in Stuttgart, Germany. After postdoctoral studies in Germany during 1989 to 1992, he worked at the Cukurova University, Department of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, where he became a full professor (1994) in Plant Nutrition. In 2000, he moved to Sabanci University, Department of Biological Sciences, in Istanbul. His research focuses on physiological aspects of plant adaptation to adverse soil conditions, particularly micronutrient-deficient and heavy metal-toxic soils. He has published seventy papers in refereed international journals, and serves on several editorial boards.
R. M. Welch is a Plant Physiologist and Lead Scientist employed by the USDA-ARS at the US Plant, Soil, and Nutrition Laboratory on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, N.Y. He is Courtesy Professor of Plant Nutrition within the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. He received his B.Sc. (1967) in soil science from the California State Polytechnic University, and his M.Sc. (1969) and Ph.D. (1971) in soil science/plant nutrition from the University of California. He has carried out research at Murdoch University and at the University of Adelaide, Australia. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and Soil Science Society of America. His research is directed to improving the nutritional quality of food crops for humans and finding sustainable ways to increase the bioavailable levels of micronutrients in staple foods. He co-organizes the Food Systems for Improved Health program at Cornell University. He co-operates with various international institutions on projects directed at increasing the micronutrient density and nutritional quality of food crops through plant breeding, molecular biology and improved agronomic practices to enhance human health globally.