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Managing soil quality: challenges in modern agriculture.

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This book contains 18 chapters dealing with management oriented approach by identifying key issues in soil quality and management options to enhance the sustainability of modern agriculture. Topics covered include major plant nutrients (N, P, K), soil acidity, soil organic matter, soil microbial biomass and biodiversity, subsoil compaction, soil structure degradation, erosion, pesticides, industrial and urban waste. In-depth treatments of the soil quality concepts, its history, and its applicability in research and land use planning in Developed and Developing Countries are also discussed. This book will be of significant interest to post-graduate students and researchers in agronomy and in soil, crop and environmental sciences, and to stakeholders involved in issues related to land use and agricultural development.


Book Chapters

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Soil quality management - concepts and terms. Author(s): Schjønning, P. Elmholt, S. Christensen, B. T.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 17) Soil quality, fertility and health - historical context, status and perspectives. Author(s): Karlen, D. L. Andrews, S. S. Wienhold, B. J.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 35) Soil acidity - resilience and thresholds. Author(s): Johnston, A. E.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 47) Tightening the nitrogen cycle. Author(s): Christensen, B. T.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 69) Phosphorus - surplus and deficiency. Author(s): Condron, L. M.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 85) Sustainable management of potassium. Author(s): Askegaard, M. Eriksen, J. Johnston, A. E.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 103) Developing and maintaining soil organic matter levels. Author(s): Dick, W. A. Gregorich, E. G.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 121) Microbial diversity in soil - effects on crop health. Author(s): Alabouvette, C. Backhouse, D. Steinberg, C. Donovan, N. J. Edel-Hermann, V. Burgess, L. W.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 139) Biological soil quality from biomass to biodiversity - importance and resilience to management stress and disturbance. Author(s): Brussaard, L. Kuyper, T. W. Didden, W. A. M. Goede, R. G. M. de Bloem, J.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 163) Subsoil compaction and ways to prevent it. Author(s): Akker, J. J. H. van den Schjønning, P.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 185) Management-induced soil structure degradation - organic matter depletion and tillage. Author(s): Kay, B. D. Munkholm, L. J.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 199) Soil erosion - processes, damages and countermeasures. Author(s): Govers, G. Poesen, J. Goossens, D.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 219) Recyclable urban and industrial waste - benefits and problems in agricultural use. Author(s): Naidu, R. Megharaj, M. Owens, G.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 239) Pesticides in soil - benefits and limitations to soil health. Author(s): Locke, M. A. Zablotowicz, R. M.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 261) Systems approaches for improving soil quality. Author(s): Carter, M. R. Andrews, S. S. Drinkwater, L. E.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 283) Implementing soil quality knowledge in land-use planning. Author(s): Bouma, J.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 297) Soil quality in industrialized and developing countries - similarities and differences. Author(s): Lal, R.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 315) Soil quality management - synthesis. Author(s): Schjønning, P. Elmholt, S. Christensen, B. T.