Agri-Science specialists Burleigh Dodds (BDS) have published their 100th title, Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production, after debuting with Achieving sustainable production of poultry meat in 2017.
Founder Rob Burleigh explains: “That was just the start, as by the end of 2017 we’d published over 20 titles in crop and livestock science, covering key research trends in breeding, cultivation, animal nutrition and welfare. And as of 2021, we have worked with over 4000 agricultural professionals from 1500+ different worldwide organisations across academia and industry.”
“It’s taken us just over 4½ years to reach our biggest milestone yet and we couldn’t have chosen a better title in the form of Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production to celebrate this achievement as it channels so many of the reasons as to why we chose to publish in agricultural science.”
“Since our books are carefully-curated collections of literature reviews of thousands of journal articles and other pieces of research, all of our titles are about saving our customers time by picking out the key information they need from the overwhelming amount available.”
“When the company was first launched, we could see the direction of travel for accessing research information and set out to create an authoritative database of agricultural science content underpinned by a taxonomy for topics and themes. However, reader preferences dictate the need to be able to supply content in a variety of formats and many even now, prefer print rather than online or as an eBook.”
An innovative feature from Burleigh-Dodds is that readers can select individual chapters of interest and ask for them to be compiled either into an eBook, or printed, and the publication can even be personalised or branded.
Key points from the latest publication Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production:
- Ruminants, among the first domesticated animals, have been providing food, leather, wool, draft and by-products to humanity for at least 10000 years.
- Methane (CH4) gas was first isolated by the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta in 1776 and described as the ‘inflammable air native of marshes’. (p.3)
- The key future research should centre on biogenic methane’s impact on global warming. (p.50)
- The expected 70% increase in food demand requires an annual increase in food production of 1.3% per annum. (p.57-58)
- Animal production is responsible for 14.5% of total anthropogenic GHG emissions (Gerber et al., 2013). Approximately half of these emissions originate directly from animal production, whereas the other half comes from feed production. (p.59)