Advances in Agronomy

Advances in Agronomy

1st Edition - December 9, 2008

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  • Editor: Donald Sparks
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080921990
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123743619

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Contributors to this special 100th volume were carefully selected by the editor for their perspectives on not only the current state-of-the-art of their topic but also where their fields are going and what future opportunities exist to advance scientific frontiers. Originating in 1949, Advances in Agronomy is a venerable serial review featuring state-of-the-art reviews on crop and soil sciences over the years, and is highly regarded around the world. Volume 100 continues this long tradition of excellence, with cutting-edge and visionary reviews from distinguished scientists at the top of their respective fields.

Key Features

  • Contributions from leading scientists in crop and soil sciences and allied fields including geochemistry, environmental microbiology, and microbiology
  • Dynamic illustrations
  • Extensive literature review
  • Grand research challenges and opportunities


Professionals, researchers, students, and government involved in agronomy, crop and soil sciences, plant science, and environmental sciences as well as those in allied fields including geochemistry, environmental microbiology, and microbiology

Table of Contents

  • 1. Advances in Understanding Soil/Plant Interfacial Processes
    R. Tappero, H. Bais – University of Delaware, R. Chaney – United States Dept. of Agriculture
    2. Dynamics of Soil Formation
    J. Klaminder, C. Chen, K. Yoo – University of Delaware
    3. Extraterrestrial Exploration: Expanding Our Horizons
    Doug Ming – NASA Johnson Space Center
    4. The Second Genetic Code
    Shawn Kaeppler – University of Wisconsin, Nathan Springer – University of Minnesota
    5. Microbial Distribution in Soils: Physics and Scaling
    Iain Young – University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland
    6. Advances in Geobiology
    Kenneth Nealson – University of Southern California
    7. Ecological Genomics
    Mark Aarts – Wageningen University
    8. Sorghum Drought Tolerance and Striga Resistance
    Gebisa Ejeta – Purdue University
    9. Environmental Nanoparticles
    Patricia Maurice – University of Notre Dame, Mike Hochella – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    10. Combining Biomarker With Stable Isotope Analyses for Assessing the Transformation and Turnover of Soil Organic Matter
    W. Amelung, S. Brodowski, A. Sandhage-Hofmann, and R. Bol

Product details

  • No. of pages: 272
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2008
  • Published: December 9, 2008
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080921990
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123743619

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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