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 monitoring and management.
Part 1 starts by reviewing soil classification, sampling and ways of monitoring soil dynamics. Part 2 surveys key techniques for managing soil, from no-till and conservation tillage techniques to the use of rotations, intercropping and cover crops as well as manure and compost management. The final part of the book discusses ways of supporting smallholders in maintaining soil health in regions such as Africa, Asia and South America.
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 developments in soil science.
Part 1 Soil monitoring 1.Soil classification/databases: Brian Slater, Ohio State University, USA; 2.Soil sampling and testing using physical and chemical tests: Skye Wills; 3.Measuring nutrient cycling and soil health using bio-indicators of microbial composition and activity: Anne-Marie Fortuna, Washington State University, USA; 4.Monitoring contaminants in soils: Zhenli He, University of Florida, USA; Part 2 Managing soil health 5.Modelling cultivation to improve soil health: Keith Paustian, Colorado State University, USA; 6.Minimum and zero-tillage/conservation tillage to preserve soil heath: David Lobb, University of Manitoba, Canada; 7.Drainage requirements to maintain soil health: Jeff Strock, University of Minnesota, USA; 8.Irrigation requirements to maintain soil health and water use efficiency: Jeffrey Mitchell, University California-Davis, USA; 9.Crop rotation, intercropping and fallow periods to maintain soil health; 10.The use of cover crops to promote soil health: Rob Myers, University of Missouri/Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), USA; 11.Optimising fertiliser use to maintain soil health: Jagdish Ladha, IRRI, The Philippines; 12.Manure and compost management to maintain soil health: Francis Larney, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada , Canada; 13.Pesticide use and biodiversity in soils: Robert Kremer, University of Missouri, USA; 14.Land management to maintain soil health; 15.Improving soil health in organic cultivation: Kristine Nichols, Rodale Institute/formerly ARS-USDA, USA; Part 3 Regional strategies in the developing world 16.Supporting smallholders in maintaining soil health: David Guerena, One Acre Fund, Kenya; 17.Maintaining soil health in Africa: Bernard Vanlauwe, IITA, Kenya; 18.Maintaining soil health in Asia: Minggang Xu, Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning Institute, China; 19.Maintaining soil health in South America: Doug Karlen, ARS-USDA, USA; 20.Maintaining soil health in dryland areas: Pandi Zdruli, CIHEAM, Italy;
Series: Burleigh Dodds Series in Agricultural Science : Book 2
Number Of Pages: 462
Published: 31st July 2018
Publisher: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2
Weight (kg): 0.79