The Journal of Agricultural Science (J AGR SCI)

Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)

Journal description

The Journal of Agricultural Science publishes papers concerned with the advance of agriculture and the use of land resources throughout the world. It publishes original scientific work related to strategic and applied studies in all aspects of agricultural science including agronomy; crop physiology crop protection breeding genetics and pathology; soil science; animal nutrition physiology and genetics; and the mathematical and statistical methods used in experimentation and data analysis. The journal also publishes book reviews and invited short reviews of scientific topics of current agricultural relevance.

Current impact factor: 2.89

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 2.891
2012 Impact Factor 2.878
2011 Impact Factor 2.041
2010 Impact Factor 1.418
2009 Impact Factor 1.658
2008 Impact Factor 1.471
2007 Impact Factor 1.093
2006 Impact Factor 0.861
2005 Impact Factor 0.636
2004 Impact Factor 0.541
2003 Impact Factor 0.596
2002 Impact Factor 0.463
2001 Impact Factor 0.58
2000 Impact Factor 0.673
1999 Impact Factor 0.743
1998 Impact Factor 0.65
1997 Impact Factor 0.701
1996 Impact Factor 0.619
1995 Impact Factor 0.581
1994 Impact Factor 0.621
1993 Impact Factor 0.457
1992 Impact Factor 0.617

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 2.60
Cited half-life 0.00
Immediacy index 0.58
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.70
Website Journal of Agricultural Science, The website
Other titles Journal of agricultural science (Online)
ISSN 0021-8596
OCLC 43802228
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

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  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

  • The Journal of Agricultural Science 07/2015; 153(05):1-9. DOI:10.1017/S0021859615000039
  • The Journal of Agricultural Science 07/2015; 153(05):1-16. DOI:10.1017/S0021859615000040
  • The Journal of Agricultural Science 07/2015; 153(05):943-953. DOI:10.1017/S0021859615000064
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    ABSTRACT: Chamber sampling is a common method for measuring nitrous oxide (N 2 O) emissions from agricultural soils. However, for grazed pastures, the patchy nature of urine deposition results in very high levels of spatial variability in N 2 O emissions. In the present study, the behaviour of the sample mean was examined by simulating a large number (9999) of random N 2 O chamber samples under different assumptions regarding the underlying N 2 O distribution. Using sample sizes of up to 100 chambers, the Central Limit Theorem did not apply. The distribution of the sample mean was always right-skewed with a standard deviation varying between 12·5 and 135% of the true mean. However, the arithmetic mean was an unbiased estimator and the mean of the sample mean distribution was close to the true mean of the simulated N 2 O distribution. The properties of the sample mean distribution (variance, skewness) were affected significantly by the assumed distribution of the emission factor, but not by distribution of the urine patch concentration. The geometric mean was also investigated as a potential alternative estimator. However, although its distribution had lower variance, it was also biased. Two methods for bias correcting the mean were investigated. These methods reduced the bias, but at the cost of increasing the variance. Neither of the bias-corrected estimators were consistently better than the arithmetic mean in terms of skewness and variance. To improve the estimation of N 2 O emissions from a grazed pasture using chambers, techniques need to be developed to identify urine patch and non-urine patch areas before sampling.
    The Journal of Agricultural Science 06/2015; DOI:10.1017/S0021859615000519
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    ABSTRACT: Perennial ryegrass ( Lolium perenne L.) cultivars are out-breeding populations of differing phenotypes, potentially allowing for directional selection to occur after sowing. To investigate this, the morphology of individual space plants (i.e. isolated plants sown at 0·75 m row spaces) grown from tillers extracted from single-cultivar swards subjected to frequent cutting (FC) or infrequent cutting (IC) for 5 years (aged accessions) were compared with plants grown from seed (seed accessions). The study examined 12 cultivars, creating 36 ‘accessions’ of 80 plants in each. These plants were examined for 23 morphological measurements to test for and classify directional selection in perennial ryegrass swards. A high degree of separation was achieved between the 12 seed accessions, validating the discriminating power of the experiment. Changes in morphological expression of plants taken from swards indicated selection in favour of particular morphological ideotypes. This directional selection was identified in 10 of the accessions subjected to FC and eight subjected to IC management. Emergence natural height (plant undisturbed height at inflorescence emergence) and plant volume (emergence width × emergence natural height) were the characters modified most between seed and aged accessions. The magnitude of these morphological changes varied between cultivars. Glencar had the greatest number of morphological characters exhibiting directional selection under frequent cutting, whereas Greengold had the greatest number exhibiting directional selection under infrequent cutting. The plants grown from aged swards were also smaller than the seed accessions in all characters, raising the possibility that they may also be less productive. The present study showed that sward management can cause and influence directional selection of plants from within the morphological range of expression within perennial ryegrass cultivars.
    The Journal of Agricultural Science 06/2015; DOI:10.1017/S0021859615000386
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    ABSTRACT: Improvements of a home-made mobile open-circuit respirometry system for the rapid determination of methane (CH 4 ) and carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) production, oxygen (O 2 ) consumption and, thereafter, heat production (HP) for small ruminants are described and validated. Upgrades consisted of three main features: utilization of a head hood (replacing the previous face mask); use of a computerized control system, data acquisition and recording for gases and air flux (replacing collecting bags for air sampling); and use of a gas cooler to remove the air sample moisture (replacing the chemical drier (silica gel) approach). Calibration factors were established by injecting nitrogen (N 2 ) and CO 2 in the system into the head hood. Repetitive and consistent values for the calibration factor were obtained for O 2 and CO 2 which confirmed the absence of leaks and the good performance of the system. In addition, an experimental test with 12 Manchega female dry sheep was conducted to validate the system. Three diets based on cereal grain, fibrous by-products and alfalfa hay (ALH) were used with four sheep per diet. Metabolizable energy intake was close to metabolizable energy for maintenance. Average HP measured by indirect calorimetry (respiratory quotient (RQ) method) was close to the average HP determined from Carbon–Nitrogen balance (CN method) accounting for 443 and 426 kJ/kg 0·75 body weight (BW) per day, respectively. Fasting HP was determined by the RQ method with two sheep from the ALH diet accounting for 269 kJ/kg 0·75 BW per day. The head hood and computerized control, data acquisition and recording as well as the gas cooler improved the system by reducing the labour input without loss of functionality for measuring gas exchange and energy metabolism in small ruminants.
    The Journal of Agricultural Science 05/2015; DOI:10.1017/S0021859615000416
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    ABSTRACT: Delineating site-specific management zones within fields can be helpful in addressing spatial variability effects for adopting precision farming practices. A 3-year (2008/09 to 2010/11) field study was conducted at the Postgraduate Agricultural Research Station, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan, to identify the most important soil and landscape attributes influencing wheat grain yield, which can be used for delineating management zones. A total of 48 soil samples were collected from the top 300 mm of soil in 8-ha experimental field divided into regular grids of 24 × 67 m prior to sowing wheat. Soil and landscape attributes such as elevation, % of sand, silt and clay by volume, soil electrical conductivity (EC), pH, soil nitrogen (N) and soil phosphorus (P) were included in the analysis. Artificial neural network (ANN) analysis showed that % sand, % clay, elevation, soil N and soil EC were important variables for delineating management zones. Different management zone schemes ranging from three to six were developed and evaluated based on performance indicators using Management Zone Analyst (MZA V0·1) software. The fuzziness performance index (FPI) and normalized classification entropy NCE indices showed minimum values for a four management zone scheme, indicating its appropriateness for the experimental field. The coefficient of variation values of soil and landscape attributes decreased for each management zone within the four management zone scheme compared to the entire field, which showed improved homogeneity. The evaluation of the four management zone scheme using normalized wheat grain yield data showed distinct means for each management zone, verifying spatial variability effects and the need for its management. The results indicated that the approach based on ANN and MZA software analysis can be helpful in delineating management zones within the field, to promote precision farming practices effectively.
    The Journal of Agricultural Science 05/2015; DOI:10.1017/S0021859615000143
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    ABSTRACT: Ten leading varieties of winter wheat released during 1950–2009 in North China were tested in a free-air temperature increase (FATI) facility. The FATI facility mimicked the local air temperature pattern well, with an increase of 1·1 °C in the daily mean temperature. For all the tested varieties, warming caused a significant reduction in the total length of wheat growth period by 5 days and especially in the pre-anthesis period, where it was reduced by 9 days. However, warming increased wheat biomass production and grain yield by 8·4 and 11·4%, respectively, on an average of all the tested varieties. There was no significant difference in the warming-led reduction in the entire growth period among the tested varieties. Interestingly, the warming-led increments in biomass production and grain yield increased along with the variety release year. Significantly higher warming-led increases in post-anthesis biomass production and 1000-grain weight were found in the new varieties compared to the old ones. Meanwhile, a significant improvement in plant productivity was noted due to wheat breeding during the past six decades, while no significant difference in the length of entire growth period was found among the varieties released in different eras. The results demonstrate that historical wheat breeding might have enhanced winter wheat productivity and adaptability through exploiting the positive effects rather than mitigating the negative impacts of warming on wheat growth in North China.
    The Journal of Agricultural Science 05/2015; DOI:10.1017/S0021859615000118
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    ABSTRACT: A total of 34 tomato genotypes (24 F-1 + 10 parents) were tested for resistance to tomato leaf curl virus (ToLCV) disease by various whitefly inoculation techniques under field and insect-proof glasshouse (mass and cage) conditions. Of the ten tomato parental lines, two accessions [EC-520061 (Solanum habrochaites) and EC-521080 (Solanum pimpinellifolium)] were identified as highly resistant while four accessions (EC-520049, EC-528372, WIR-5032 and WIR-3957) of wild species were resistant to ToLCV. Out of the 24 F-1 crosses, PBC x EC-520061, H-86 x EC-520061, H-24 x EC-520061 and DVRT-2 x EC-520061 were found to be highly resistant against ToLCV disease. Biochemical (total phenol and total sugar concentration) and physiological (chlorophyll content and leaf area index) parameters were also used in healthy and disease-inoculated leaves of ten parents and six F-1 hybrids to test the conformity of ToLCV-resistant and susceptible disease reactions. The results showed that among the 16 genotypes (10 parents + 6 F-1), EC-520061, EC-520049, PBC x EC-520061 and H-86 x EC-520061 were stable for both biochemical and physiological markers while EC-521080 showed higher accumulations of total phenol and sugar concentrations and reduced leaf size between healthy and disease-inoculated leaves. The present study demonstrates the importance of the whitefly inoculation technique and biochemical and physiological markers in virus resistance screening programmes, and identifies a potential source of resistance to the ToLCV in Solanum species.
    The Journal of Agricultural Science 05/2015; 153(4):646-655. DOI:10.1017/S0021859614000616
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    ABSTRACT: Lignification-associated phenolic acids are widely distributed in graminaceous plant cell walls. Nylon bags containing maize bran, wheat bran, millet husk and rice husk were incubated in the rumens of five Charolais (♂) × Nanyang (♀) crossbred steers for 6, 12, 24, 36, 48 and 72 h. The in situ ruminal disappearance of ester-linked phenolic acids linearly increased in the brans with increasing incubation time, and the disappearance was greater for ester-linked ferulic acid (FAest) than for ester-linked p-coumaric acid (PCAest). The isappearances of FAest and PCAest were positively correlated with disappearances of neutral detergent fibre (NDF), cellulose and hemicellulose. The effective degradabilities of NDF, cellulose and hemicellulose in the brans were markedly greater than the effective degradabilities of these components in the husks, and were negatively correlated with the contents of Lignin (sa), ether-linked ferulic acid, PCAest and ether-linked p-coumaric acid in both the cereal brans and husks. These findings suggested that breeding forage crops with modified phenolic acid contents could represent an alternative strategy to promote further increases in fibre digestibility of cereal residue feeds for ruminant animals.
    The Journal of Agricultural Science 04/2015; DOI:10.1017/S0021859615000489