Agriculture & Allied Sciences

Innovations in Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Engineering Interventions in Foods and Plants
Editors: Deepak Kumar Verma
Megh R. Goyal, PhD, PE

Engineering Interventions in Foods and Plants

Published. Available now.
Pub Date: October 2017
Hardback Price: $159.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771885966
E-Book ISBN: 9781315194677
Pages: 350pp w/Index
Binding Type: hardback
Series: Innovations in Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Notes: 8 color and 26 b/w illustrations

With contributions from a broad range of leading professors and scientists, this volume focuses on new areas of processing technologies in foods and plants to help meet the increasing food demand of the rapidly growing populations of the world.

The first section of the book is devoted to emerging entrepreneurship and employment opportunities for rural peoples in food and agricultural processing, specifically beekeeping technology and honey processing; herbal formulations for treatment of dental diseases; and engineering interventions for the extraction of essential oils from plants. Part 2 contains three chapters that discuss technological interventions in foods and plants for human health benefits, looking particularly at coffee, tea, and green leaf vegetable processing technology. The volume goes to look at several management strategies in agricultural engineering, with a chapter on production technology of ethanol from various sources and its potential applications in various industries, including chemical, food, pharmaceutical as well as biofuel. Food grain storage structures are addressed as well, focusing on minimizing losses from microbial pests as well as insect pests during grain storage by utilizing different efficient storage structures

The volume provides a valuable resource for students, instructors, and researchers of foods and plants processing technology. In addition, food and plant science professionals who are seeking recent advanced and innovative knowledge in processing will find this book helpful.

Key features:

  • provides detailed descriptions of emerging entrepreneurship opportunities for rural peoples in food and agricultural processing
  • discusses several technological interventions in foods and plants for human health benefits
  • considers sustainable processing techniques
  • looks at the social factors influencing consumer perceptions about current and emerging technologies
  • underscores the importance of maintaining biodiversity in sustainable human diets
  • removes the research gap and provides relevant information that can be applied to practice

1. Beekeeping Technology and Honey Processing: Emerging Entrepreneurship for Rural Areas
Vishal Singh, Deepak Kumar Verma, and Deepali Chauhan

2. Herbal Formulations for Treatment of Dental Diseases: Perspectives, Potential, and Applications
Ashwini G. Patil, Pravin Onkar Patil, Arpana H. Jobanputra, and Deepak Kumar Verma

3. Engineering Interventions for Extraction of Essential Oils from Plants
Asaad Rehman Saeed Al-Hilphy

4. Processing Technology and Potential Health Benefits of Coffee
Vishal Singh, Deepak Kumar Verma, and Mandira Kapri

5. Biochemical Composition, Processing Technology, and Health Benefits of Green Tea: A Review
Vishal Singh, Deepak Kumar Verma, Dipendra Kumar Mahato, and Mandira Kapri

6. Effects of Thermal Processing on Nutritional Composition of Green Leafy Vegetables: A Review
Deepak Kumar Verma, Mandira Kapri, Sudhanshi Billoria, Dipendra Kumar Mahato, and Prem Prakash Srivastav

7. Ethanol Production from Different Substrates: Effects on Environmental Factors and Potential Applications
Leela Wati, Annu Goel, and Kushal Raj

8. Food Grain Storage Structures: Introduction and Applications
Vishal Singh, Deepak Kumar Verma, Mandira Kapri, and Prem Prakash Srivastav


About the Authors / Editors:
Editors: Deepak Kumar Verma
Research Scholar, Department of Agricultural and Food Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, West Bengal, India

Deepak Kumar Verma is an agricultural science professional and is currently a PhD Research Scholar in the specialization of food processing engineering in the Agricultural and Food Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (WB), India. In 2012, he received a DST-INSPIRE Fellowship for PhD study by the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. Mr. Verma is currently working on the research project “Isolation and Characterization of Aroma Volatile and Flavoring Compounds from Aromatic and Non-Aromatic Rice Cultivars of India.” His previous research work included “Physico-Chemical and Cooking Characteristics of Azad Basmati (CSAR 839-3): A Newly Evolved Variety of Basmati Rice (Oryza sativa L.)”. Apart of his area of specialization in plant biochemistry, he has also built a sound background in plant physiology, microbiology, plant pathology, genetics and plant breeding, plant biotechnology and genetic engineering, seed science and technology, food science and technology etc. In addition, he is member of different professional bodies, and his activities and accomplishments include conferences, seminar, workshop, training, and also the publication of research articles, books, and book chapters. He earned his BSc degree in agricultural science from the Faculty of Agriculture at Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur, and his MSc (Agriculture) in Agricultural Biochemistry in 2011. He also received an award from the Department of Agricultural Biochemistry, Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agricultural and Technology, Kanpur, India.

Megh R. Goyal, PhD, PE
Retired Professor in Agricultural and Biomedical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus Senior Acquisitions Editor, Biomedical Engineering and Agricultural Science, Apple Academic Press, Inc.

Megh R. Goyal, PhD, PE, is a Retired Professor in Agricultural and Biomedical Engineering from the General Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at University of Puerto Rico–Mayaguez Campus; and Senior Acquisitions Editor and Senior Technical Editor-in-Chief in Agriculture and Biomedical Engineering for Apple Academic Press Inc. He has worked as a Soil Conservation Inspector and as a Research Assistant at Haryana Agricultural University and Ohio State University. He was the first agricultural engineer to receive the professional license in Agricultural Engineering in 1986 from the College of Engineers and Surveyors of Puerto Rico. On September 16, 2005, he was proclaimed as “Father of Irrigation Engineering in Puerto Rico for the twentieth century” by the ASABE, Puerto Rico Section, for his pioneering work on micro irrigation, evapotranspiration, agroclimatology, and soil and water engineering. During his professional career of 45 years, he has received many prestigious awards. A prolific author and editor, he has written more than 200 journal articles and textbooks and has edited over 25 books. He received his BSc degree in engineering from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India; his MSc and PhD degrees from Ohio State University, Columbus; and his Master of Divinity degree from Puerto Rico Evangelical Seminary, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, USA.

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