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- The Role of Biodiversity in Agronomy (D. Hillel and C. Rosenzweig)
2. The Depth Distribution of Soil Organic Carbon in Relation to Land Use and Management and the Potential of Carbon Sequestration in Subsoil Horizons (K. Lorenz and R. Lal)
3. Soil Scientists in a Changing World (J. Bouma)
4. Enhancing Nitrogen Use Efficiency in Crop Plants (N. K. Fageria and V. C. Baligar)
5. Forage Chicory (Cichorium Intybus L.): A Review of its Agronomy and Animal Production (G. Li and P. D. Kemp)
6. Pre-sowing Seed Treatment – A Shotgun Approach to Improve Germination, Plant Growth and Crop Yield Under Saline and Non-Saline Conditions (M. Ashraf and M. R. Foolad)
7. Methodologies and the Practical Aspects of the Bulk Soil EC (óa) – Soil Solution EC (ów) Relations (A. Nadler)
8. Oxygation Unlocks Yield Potentials of Crops in Oxygen-Limited Soil Environments (S. Bhattarai, N. Su, and D. J. Midmore)
Volume 88 of Advances in Agronomy contains eight timely reviews on topics dealing with biodiversity, carbon sequestration, crop improvement, nitrogen dynamics, and the discipline of soil science. Discussions include but are not limited to: Agriculture, soil biodiversity, climate change and agricultural diversity; ways to improve soil aeration, oxygation and plant processes, and oxygation scenarios; and pre-sowing seed treatment as a means for improving germination, plant growth and crop yield.
Advances in Agronomy continues to be recognized as a leading reference and a first-rate source for the latest research in agronomy. As always, the subjects covered are varied and exemplary of the myraid of subject matter dealt with by this long-running serial.
- Over 40 figures and 32 tables
- Presents a review of the present and future status of soil science
- Offers an analysis of biodiversity in agronomy
Professionals, researchers, students, and government involved in agronomy, crop and soil sciences, plant science, and environmental sciences
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- © Academic Press 2005
- 25th October 2005
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Donald L. Sparks is the S. Hallock du Pont Chair in Soil and Environmental Chemistry, Francis Alison Professor and Director of the Delaware Environmental Institute at the University of Delaware. He is internationally recognized for his landmark research on the kinetics and mechanisms of metal/oxyanion/nutrient reactions at biogeochemical interfaces. His pioneering studies on kinetic processes in soils and minerals include the development of widely used and novel kinetic methods, elucidation of rate-limiting steps and mechanisms over a range of spatial and temporal scales, and coupling of real-time kinetic studies with in-situ molecular scale investigations. His discoveries on the speciation, formation rates and stability mechanisms of metal hydroxide surface precipitates, and their role in the retention and bioavailability of toxic metals in the terrestrial environment, have received worldwide attention. This research has led to more effective soil remediation strategies and predictive models.
He is the author or coauthor of 286 publications. These include: 11 edited books, 53 book chapters, and 219 refereed papers. He is the author of two widely adopted textbooks, Kinetics of Soil Chemical Processes and Environmental Soil Chemistry (two editions) published by Academic Press. Dr. Sparks is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher; his research has been cited more than 8380 times and his h-index is 53 (Web of Science). Dr. Sparks has served as editor of Advances in Agronomy since 1991, having edited 77 volumes. He has given over 200 invited presentations at scientific conferences throughout the world, and been a lecturer at 98 universities and institutes in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
He has received numerous honors and awards including Fellow of five scientific societies, national and international research awards, distinguished fellowships and lectureships, and teaching and mentoring awards. He has advised 90 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers and been the recipient of more than $50 million in research funding. He served as President of both the Soil Science Society of America and the International Union of Soil Sciences.
S. Hallock du Pont Chair in Soil and Environmental Chemistry and Director, Delaware Environmental Institute, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA