Advances in Agronomy

Advances in Agronomy

1st Edition - April 24, 2006

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  • Editor: Donald Sparks
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080463278

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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. Volume 89 contains six comprehensive and timely reviews. Chapter 1 presents a thorough coverage of wet chemistry and state-of-the art molecular scale techniques, such as x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopies, that can be used to characterize phosphorus in organic wastes. Chapter 2 discusses the Wheat Genetics Resource Center that has served the scientific community for 25 years. These resources have been useful to scientists in 45 countries and 39 of the states in the U.S. Chapter 3 covers various aspects of the biology and management of Stevia, a sweet herb of Paraguay. Chapter 4 is a timely review of aspects of soil fertility decline in the tropics as assessed by soil chemical measurements. Chapter 5 covers nematode interactions and assessment of models for their control on crop plants. Chapter 6 presents data and algorithms on ammonia emission form animal operations, a current area of much interest in the area of environmental quality.

Key Features

  • 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 studying agronomy, soil, plant-water relations, and environmentalists

Table of Contents

  • Advances in the Characterization of Phosphorus in Organic Wastes: Environmental and Agronomic Applications
    - G. S. Toor, S. Hunger, J. D. Peak, J. T. Sims and D. L. Sparks

    Wheat Genetics Resource Center: The First 25 Years
    - B. S. Gill, B. Friebe, W. J. Raupp, D. L. Wilson, T. S. Cox, R. G. Sears, G. L. Brown-Guedira, and A. K. Fritz

    Cultivation of STEVIA (Stevia rebaudiana (Bert.) Bertoni): A Comprehensive Review
    - K. Ramesh, V. Singh and N. W. Megeji

    Assessing Soil Fertility Decline in the Tropics Using Soil Chemical Data
    - A. E. Hartemink

    Nematode Interactions in Nature: Models for Sustainable Control of Nemataode Pests of Crop Plants?
    - W. H. van der Putten, R. Cook, S. Costa, K. G. Davies, M. Fargette, H. Freitas, W. H. G. Hol, B. R. Kerry, N. Maher, T. Mateille, M. Moens, E. de la Pena, A. Piskiewicz, A. Raeymaekers, S. Rodriguez-Echeverria, and A. W. G. van der Wurff

    Algorithms Determining Ammonia Emission From Buildings Housing Cattle and Pigs and From Manure Stores
    - S. G. Sommer, G. Q. Zhang, A. Bannink, D. Chadwick, T. Misselbrook, R. Harrison, N. J. Hutchings, H. Menzi, G. J. Monteny, J. Q. Ni, O. A. Oenema, and J. Webb

Product details

  • No. of pages: 360
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2006
  • Published: April 24, 2006
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080463278

About the Serial Editor

Donald Sparks

Donald Sparks
DONALD L. SPARKS is the Unidel S. Hallock du Pont Chair and Francis Alison Professor at the University of Delaware. He is internationally recognized for his research in the areas of kinetics of biogeochemical processes and surface chemistry of natural materials. His research has focused on fate and transport of trace metals in soil and water, soil remediation, water quality, and carbon sequestration in soils. Dr. Sparks is the author of two previous editions of Environmental Soil Chemistry and more than 350 refereed papers and book chapters. He is fellow of five scientific societies, and he has been the recipient of major awards and lectureships including the Geochemistry Medal from the American Chemical Society, the Liebig Medal from the International Union of Soil Sciences, the Einstein Professorship from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Philippe Duchaufour Medal from the European Geosciences Union. Dr. Sparks served as president of the Soil Science Society of America and the International Union of Soil Sciences, has served on advisory committees for several national laboratories and national and international centers and institutes, and served as chair of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Committee for Soil Sciences and other NAS Committees.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Delaware Environmental Institute, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA

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