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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, industri...


Chapter 13 (Page no: 219)

Recyclable urban and industrial waste - benefits and problems in agricultural use.

The current rate of world population growth is paralleled by a global increase in waste production. Increased population growth places stress both on the demand for agricultural produce and also on the finite world resources. If agricultural activities are to remain sustainable, recycling of urban and industrial waste for agricultural use must be considered. Urban and industrial waste is often rich in nutrients and trace elements that make them a valuable renewable resource. However, some public concern exists with such wastes because of the presence of potentially toxic substances. Good management strategies are essential to ensure effective reuse/recyling of urban and industrial wastes.

Other chapters from this book

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: 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.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes Boulevard, Mawson Lakes, South Australia 5095, Australia.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2004
  • ISBN
  • 085199671X
  • Record Number
  • 20033208668