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Michael P. O'Neill and James P. Dobrowolski

technologies and gaining adoption of these technologies, extending agricultural water conservation strategies to the urban sector, and developing water-relevant biotechnologies ( Dobrowolski and O'Neill, 2005 ; see http

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Bala Rathinasabapathi

creating hydroponic high-rise greenhouses in urban areas. From start to end, the vertical farm is described as a way to solve food supply problems in the world. The target audience for this book is the general public. However, there are many interesting

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Ellen M. Bauske, Gary R. Bachman, Tom Bewick, Lucy Bradley, David Close, Rick Durham, and Mary Hockenberry Meyer

Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grant options offer little support specifically directed toward home gardening activities. The USDA Strategic Plan for 2014–18 (USDA, n.d.) does not acknowledge urban gardening and this is

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Gina Zirkle, Rattan Lal, and Bruce Augustin

sequester C, and the C footprint of lawn maintenance practices. Several studies have evaluated C sequestration potential of agricultural and urban soils as one of several options to stabilize atmospheric CO 2 abundance ( Blanco-Canqui and Lal, 2004 ; Bruce

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Josep Padullés Cubino, Josep Vila Subirós, and Carles Barriocanal Lozano

knowledge of the water management practices used in each territorial and socioeconomic context. In the northwestern Mediterranean region, expanding urban areas significantly affect water demand ( Domene and Saurí, 2006 ). Social preferences toward single

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Richard O. Carey, George J. Hochmuth, Christopher J. Martinez, Treavor H. Boyer, Vimala D. Nair, Michael D. Dukes, Gurpal S. Toor, Amy L. Shober, John L. Cisar, Laurie E. Trenholm, and Jerry B. Sartain

-management approaches control fertilizer applications through research-based turfgrass fertilization management decisions. In 2007, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) created the Urban Turf Fertilizer Rule ( FDACS, 2007 ) to help protect

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Robert F. Polomski

mention the cultural ecosystem services provided by urban trees. They allude to a number of studies but do not cite references. The attractive photographs in this section complement the text, but the staccato captions (e.g., “ Ulmus americana , Princeton

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Genhua Niu, Raul I. Cabrera, Terri W. Starman, and Charles R. Hall

water supplies and creating a worrisome competition between urban and agricultural activities. Future drought is unpredictable, and some regions have encountered extended and devastating drought periods in the past years. In addition, intensive

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Natalie Bumgarner, Sheri Dorn, Esther McGinnis, Pam Bennett, Ellen Bauske, Sarada Krishnan, and Lucy Bradley

necessary to implement urban horticulture solutions for human health and well-being ( Lohr and Relf, 2014 ). Horticulture’s view of itself as operating mainly in the agricultural production realm needs to change if we are to broaden our impact on society. We

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Christopher J. Currey, Ann Marie VanDerZanden, and Joshua J. Mitchell

-growing population and is a critical issue ( Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2015 ). Also, a recent study shows poverty is increasing substantially in urban areas, with a majority (>56%) of impoverished now living in urban areas ( Eigenbrod