perspective of breeding eorts to improve the quantity and quality of crop
residues. In this respect, there is no reference in the book to some excellent
previous breeding work by the ICRISAT with pearl millet hybrids, whilst
more details on the ICARDA barley straw improvement programme would
have been welcome. Such a paper might also have critically reviewed the
progress made since an earlier workshop on plant breeding and nutritive
value of crop residues was convened 10 years ago in Ethiopia.
Although the book is likely to be of most bene®t to animal scientists, I am
in agreement with the publishers claim that ``it will appeal to a wide reader-
ship'' that will also include the disciplines of agronomy, soil science, plant
breeding and socioeconomics. However, the cost of the present hardback
version will probably restrict its distribution in developing countries to
Environmental Waste Management: A European Perspective. Edited by Nigel
Horan. John Wiley and Sons, 1996. 177pp. Price: £34Á95 (hardback). ISBN 0
471 92882 8.
Coping with waste must be one of the greatest challenges, if not the greatest,
for environmental managers. This book provides detailed technical infor-
mation in a reasonably accessible form. But be cautious, the content bears no
relation to its title.
The book reviews topics using contributions from a number of known
authors. Each oers an introduction to their chosen ®eld followed by a
technical example or discussion of an issue. It is a collection of well-written
publications drawing from conference and journal sources that can guide the
reader to further study. In this sense it broadly achieves the aims stated in the
series introduction. Yet, the most glaring feature of this book is that its title
drastically overstates the scope of the contents. The book covers only the
treatment of liquid wastes and wastes arising from these processes.
Environmental Waste Management does not consider the management of
municipal and industrial waste, pollution to the atmosphere, and dynamic
pollutants. Therefore, it doesn't refer to wastes such as solids, gases, dust and
odours, noise, vibration and light. Of equal concern is the sub-title, A Eur-
opean Perpective. This claim can only be taken seriously if the location of
each example or author is taken into account. The content does not consider
waste management issues from a variety of national viewpoints nor does it
re¯ect on the dierent trends in legislation being promoted across Europe.
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