There has been growing concern that both intensive agriculture in the developed world and rapid expansion of crop cultivation in developing countries is damaging the health of soils which are the foundation of farming. At the same time we are discovering much more about how complex soils are as living biological systems. This volume reviews the latest research on soil science.
After an overview of the role of soil as a provider of ecosystem services and in conservation agriculture, the book reviews soil structure and chemistry as well organic matter, soil microorganisms and fauna. The second part of the book discusses soil dynamics, from water and nutrient cycles to carbon capture and erosion mechanisms.
With its distinguished editor and international team of expert authors, this will be a standard reference for soil scientists and agronomists as well as the farming community and government agencies responsible for monitoring soil health. It is accompanied by a companion volume looking at soil monitoring and management.
Part 1 Overview 1.Soil and soil health: an overview: Mark Kibblewhite, formerly Cranfield University, UK; 2.Soil ecosystem services: an overview: Sara Baer, Southern Illinois University, USA; 3.The role of soil health in conservation agriculture: Jill Clapperton, Rhizoterra, USA; 4.Soil health and climate change: Bhupinder Singh, DPI-New South Wales, Australia; 5.Soil health, soil conservation and regeneration: Ray Archuleta, NRCS-USDA, USA; 6.The economics of soil health: Maria Bowman, ERS-USDA, USA; Part 2 Soil structure and composition 7.Soil texture and structure: role in soil health: Rainer Horn, Kiel University, Germany; 8.Chemical composition of soils: role in soil health: Samira Daroub, University of Florida, USA; 9.Organic matter in soil health and function; 10.Soil microorganisms: role in soil health: Penny Hirsch, Rothamsted Research, UK; 11.Soil fauna: role in soil health: George Brown, Embrapa, Brazil; Part 3 Soil dynamics 12.Water cycles/dynamics in soils: role in soil health: Henry Lin, Penn State University, USA; 13.Nutrient cycling in soils: Elizabeth Stockdale, Newcastle University, UK; 14.Soils, gas exchange and carbon capture: Klaus Lorenz, Ohio State University, USA; 15.Plant-soil interactions: an overview: Richard Zobel, ARS-USDA, USA; 16.Mechanisms of soil erosion/degradation: Jane Rickson, Cranfield University, UK;
Series: Burleigh Dodds Agricultural Science : Book 1
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 6th August 2018
Publisher: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24
Weight (kg): 0.64