This open text book is derived from the content of the Massive Open Online Course “Intro to Permaculture”. The original course also included interactive mapping and design tools that accompanied this content. The course and book provide a general overview of the Permaculture design system.
This book is predominantly about climate, and the macro influences of climate and climate change on design.
This text presents an introduction to horticulture and the growth and structure of plants.
This textbook provides an introduction to plant genetics and biotechnology for the advancement of agriculture. The book includes: an introduction to the life cycle of the cell, DNA and how it relates to genes and chromosomes, DNA analysis, recombinant DNA, biotechnology, and transmission genetics.
Includes: Learning objectives, videos
Though not a textbook, this open book about the concept of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) features many case studies.
Includes: Case studies
Written by members of the Canadian Society of Soil Science, “Digging into Canadian Soils: An Introduction to Soil Science” provides an introduction to the core disciplines of soil science, and introduces concepts and vocabulary. The textbook provides supplementary materials that are specific to regions in Canada, or may be of specific interest beyond what might be considered introductory soil science material.
Includes: Glossary, study questions and answers
Using examples of various economically and socially important crops central to human civilization, the book describes the origin of crop plants, the evolution of agricultural practices, fundamental concepts of natural selection vs. domestication, experimental and methodical plant breeding, and plant biotechnology.