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A journey through the world of food taboos and food cultures
Adel den Hartog shows how complex the food choices of humans have been for millenia. Those who wonder why we eat what we eat, will find out practicalities, such as availability of products, transportation and costs, but also physiological, cultural, geological, and psychological factors matter. Den Hartog points out the importance of access to food for individuals and groups, and the influence of their socio-economical position. Can someone be convinced to eat something that they perceive as inedible? This book gives many examples of our limited flexibility, whether caused by an intolerance for genetical reasons, or because we simply did not know the food and want to keep it that way. Food habits are slow to respond to interventions, but these days, a meatless meal is no longer a sign of poverty. The book will attract the culturally interested reader. It can be used as a handbook for those who want to understand the background of our eating habits. The knowledge in this book can be used for a large range of interventions when it comes to food and life style.
This series has ceased.
The last volume published is: Volume 10 (2009).
Ecology and Control of Vector-borne Diseases aims not only to educate and showcase the latest advances in understanding vector ecology and vector control, but to inspire, promote and stimulate new and innovate ideas.

Past topics in the series have already explored complex and important issues like ticks and Lyme disease, olfaction and emerging vector borne diseases in Europe. Going forward, the series will explore state-of-the-art thinking and science, including game changing technologies and interventions, based on molecular biology and genetics, digital technology and artificial intelligence, study design for efficient and robust evaluation of control tools, social science and the need for multisectoral collaboration. The series will also be tackling some of the biggest issues, including the environment and minimising the use of toxic insecticides, and exploring how climate change and the concept of planetary health, will impact on vector ecology and control.

The importance of vector control
Vector borne diseases account for 17% of all infectious diseases worldwide, causing 700,000 deaths annually. Although we have made significant progress towards understanding vector biology and ecology, vector control is facing many significant challenges. Current control almost entirely relies on insecticides and insecticide-treated bed nets, but many vector species have now developed resistance to insecticides and there is a significant dearth of alternative compounds. As a result of climate change, vectors are expanding their range and we face an ever-increasing and unpredictable threat of outbreaks with possible outcomes we don’t fully understand. Malaria control is at a standstill. There are almost 100 million cases of dengue each year, with more than 3.9 billion people in more than 128 countries at risk. The Zika virus epidemic in 2015, was a wakeup call.

It is time for a revolution in vector control. We need to heighten our understanding of vector biology and ecology and we need a new generation of innovative and novel technologies for vector control that can be implemented quickly. This will include challenging the status quo, pushing boundaries and evaluating and implementing new tools more efficiently.

What we can do
We are living in an exciting point in history. Science has advanced such that we can not only think beyond conventional control methods, new and exciting technologies are on the horizon and have the capacity to transform the vector control landscape. Wiping out vector borne diseases could be a reality in our lifetime.

As scientists continue to innovate and develop better methods in molecular biology, we are beginning to unravel elements of vector biology and ecology that allow the development of potential game changing tools such as gene drive, including CRISPR and Wolbachia. As technology becomes smaller, smarter and more affordable, we are facing a future where the sort of technologies you might have only imagined could be possible in sci-fi movies, is now becoming a reality. Drones are being developed that seek out breeding sites, solar powered traps are being developed with automated vector identification technologies using machine learning. Although there are significant hurdles to overcome, we have the capacity to collect data on a scale never seen before and model it for evidence-based predictions to respond to disease outbreaks. It is probably one of the most exciting times for vector researchers with opportunities to be profoundly impactful.
The series Food Safety Assurance and Veterinary Public Health focusses on all topics considered by the European College of Veterinary Public Health (ECVPH) - a specialty college operating under the aegis of the European Board of Veterinary Specialization (EBVS) - to pertain to this veterinary discipline.

The following specific aims have been stated by ECVPH in their constitution as being associated with the Veterinary Public Health field:
a) the quality of animal health care and welfare by making available specialized knowledge and skills in the subspecialities of population medicine and food science to the benefit of animals
b) the quality of veterinary practice through contacts of general practitioners with registered specialists
c) the structure of animal health care through enhancing the application of formal risk assessment procedures, quantitative problem analysis methods, systems of monitoring and surveillance at population level, food safety and process quality management systems
d) the knowledge and perception of veterinarians, livestock owners, food processing industries and the general public
e) consumer protection with regard to prevention and control of foodborne hazards and food hygiene procedures
f) the further development of veterinary public health and its subspecialities (population medicine and food science)
g) the integrated, multidisciplinary approach towards analysis, control and prevention of hazards to human and animal health

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Books published in the Human Health Handbooks series offer a comprehensive coverage of emerging fields of science and important discoveries in human health. The volumes in this series address multiple topics relating to human health, such as skin, hair, human breast milk, and sleep.

The publications are devoted to advancing knowledge about the cross-border study of human health through a combination with human nutrition and diet. Unique features of each chapter in the Handbooks include relevant ‘Key facts’ and ‘Summary points’ giving a brief and concise introduction to each topic.

Contributors to the volumes comprise of an international set of authors who are experts and specialists in their field, sharing their latest and most important research results. The Human Health Handbooks series aims to provide doctors, nurses, nutritionists and dieticians, health workers and practitioners, university lecturers, undergraduates and graduates with a valuable source that presents a useful and complete overview of human health in relation to diet and nutrition.

Books in this book series appear irregular.
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Current textbooks provide a strong bio-medical view on epidemics. In this textbook, the bio-medical view will be extended to a human view including insights from humanities, social sciences. This extension challenges us all the more to combine the requirement of scientific objectivity with the subjectivity inherent to human life. In addition, the bio-medical view is deepened using knowledge of botanical epidemiology with respect to ‘evolutionary dynamics of pathogens’ and ‘epidemic spread of pathogens’. Bio-medical oriented students and senior scientists are invited to reflect on the multi-dimensional, subjective, character of epidemics. Reflections that may enable appropriate, human, management of epidemics.
Life Sciences collection with topics in Animal and Veterinary, Food and Health, Agribusiness and Rural Studies, Agriculture and Environment.
Hoewel met organische chemie oorspronkelijk werd bedoeld de chemie die zich bezig hield met verbindingen afkomstig van levende materie (organismen) is het gebied geleidelijk verbreed tot de chemie van de koolstofverbindingen. Hieronder vallen dus ook de verbindingen die op synthetische wijze in het laboratorium zijn bereid. Veel dingen waarmee we dagelijks in aanraking komen, zoals voedingsmiddelen, kleding, kunststoffen, papier, bestrijdingsmiddelen, medicijnen, geur-, kleur- en smaakstoffen, bestaan geheel of gedeeltelijk uit organische verbindingen. Het gebied dat de chemie van levende processen beschrijft wordt tegenwoordig vooral tot de biochemie gerekend. In de bio-organische chemie wordt de oorspronkelijke betekenis van de organische chemie weer teruggehaald: het is de organische chemie die een relatie legt met levende processen in de natuur. Dit gebied heeft een snelle ontwikkeling doorgemaakt. Dankzij de sterk toegenomen kennis binnen zowel de organische chemie als de biochemie, wordt het steeds beter mogelijk eigenschappen van verbindingen en processen in de natuur te verklaren met behulp van algemeen geldende organisch chemische basisprincipes. Dit boek laat op beknopte wijze zien dat de chemische basisprincipes die ten grondslag liggen aan eenvoudige reacties in het laboratorium ook van toepassing zijn op ogenschijnlijk ingewikkelde processen in de natuur. Dit boek is een beknopte versie van het veel gebruikte studieboek "Inleiding in de Bio-organische Chemie".
Hoewel met organische chemie oorspronkelijk werd bedoeld de chemie die zich bezig hield met verbindingen afkomstig van levende materie (organismen) is het gebied geleidelijk verbreed tot de chemie van de koolstofverbindingen. Hieronder vallen dus ook de verbindingen die op synthetische wijze in het laboratorium zijn bereid. Veel dingen waarmee we dagelijks in aanraking komen, zoals voedingsmiddelen, kleding, kunststoffen, papier, bestrijdingsmiddelen, medicijnen, geur-, kleur- en smaakstoffen, bestaan geheel of gedeeltelijk uit organische verbindingen. Het gebied dat de chemie van levende processen beschrijft wordt tegenwoordig vooral tot de biochemie gerekend. In de bio-organische chemie wordt de oorspronkelijke betekenis van de organische chemie weer teruggehaald: het is de organische chemie die een relatie legt met levende processen in de natuur. Dit gebied heeft een snelle ontwikkeling doorgemaakt. Dankzij de sterk toegenomen kennis binnen zowel de organische chemie als de biochemie, wordt het steeds beter mogelijk eigenschappen van verbindingen en processen in de natuur te verklaren met behulp van algemeen geldende organisch chemische basisprincipes. Dit boek laat op beknopte wijze zien dat de chemische basisprincipes die ten grondslag liggen aan eenvoudige reacties in het laboratorium ook van toepassing zijn op ogenschijnlijk ingewikkelde processen in de natuur. Dit boek is een beknopte versie van het veel gebruikte studieboek "Inleiding in de Bio-organische Chemie".
Also available as E-book see basics-edible-insect-rearing For more information about the e-book, please contact Sales.
Looking for a handbook on how to design and upscale edible insect rearing? This easy to read handbook describes the basic knowledge and a detailed step-by-step plan for rearing edible insects. The book presents information essential for further development of the entire insect chain and contains many practical recommendations for the start/setup of professional insect rearing. The reader is first submerged into the fascinating world of edible insects such as black soldier fly, housefly, mealworm, cricket, and locust. A concise overview is provided to get more familiar with the biology and physiology of edible insects. Based on this basic knowledge the book focuses on design principles for large scale insect production, facility design, engineering, insect production management, management of unwanted organisms, economics, and aspects related to the legal framework. The chief editor, co-editors and lead authors of the chapters are from Belgium, Denmark and The Netherlands. These countries have a tradition of professional insect rearing. Reading this handbook will contribute to a successful entrepreneurship in edible insect rearing. This handbook also contains very interesting teaching materials for secondary, higher, and university education.contains very interesting teaching materials for secondary, higher, and university education.