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October 2005

Announcement of a new publication

Frost protection: fundamentals, practice and economics

Environment and Natural Resources Series, Number 10. 2 vols.

Richard L. Snyder, University of California, Atmospheric Science Department of Land,
Air and Water Resources, Davis, California, USA
J. Paulo de Melo-Abreu, Technical University of Lisbon, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Departamento de Ciencias do Ambiente, Lisboa, Portugal
Scott Matulich, Washington State University, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Washington State University, Pullman, USA

The book Frost protection: fundamentals, practice and economics comes in two volumes which describe the physics and biology of frost occurrence and damage, passive and active protection methods and how to assess the cost-effectiveness of active protection techniques. Nighttime energy balance is used to demonstrate how protection methods are used to reduce the likelihood of frost damage. Simple methods and programs are provided to help predict temperature trends and to help determine the timing for active methods. Plant physiology related to freeze damage and critical damage temperatures for a wide range of crops and ornamentals are presented. Finally, an economic analysis program with examples is included to assist users to evaluate cost-effectiveness of various active methods. Although the book contains considerable technical information, it was specifically written for growers rather than scientists as a practical guide for frost protection.

Concepts of probability and risk of frost damage are reviewed, and information is provided to help readers make economic decisions about frost protection. Computer application programs (in Microsoft Excel) are included in the CD-ROM to help simplify complex calculations; sample calculations are presented in the text.

Click here to read the Executive summary; click here to download the entire PDF file:

Click here to download the Excel files in the CD-ROM contained in the publication.

For more information, contact: Chief-SDRN@fao.org or Environment@fao.org



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