Advances in Agronomy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123743619, 9780080921990

Advances in Agronomy, Volume 100

1st Edition

Serial Editors: Donald Sparks
eBook ISBN: 9780080921990
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123743619
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 11th December 2008
Page Count: 272
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Table of Contents

Advances in Understanding Soil/Plant Interfacial Processes R. Tappero, H. Bais – University of Delaware R. Chaney – United States Dept. of Agriculture
Dynamics of Soil Formation J. Klaminder, C. Chen, K. Yoo – University of Delaware

Extraterrestrial Exploration: Expanding Our Horizons Doug Ming – NASA Johnson Space Center

The Second Genetic Code Shawn Kaeppler – University of Wisconsin Nathan Springer – University of Minnesota

Microbial Distribution in Soils: Physics and Scaling Iain Young – University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland

Advances in Geobiology Kenneth Nealson – University of Southern California

Ecological Genomics Mark Aarts – Wageningen University

Sorghum Drought Tolerance and Striga Resistance Gebisa Ejeta – Purdue University

Environmental Nanoparticles Patricia Maurice – University of Notre Dame Mike Hochella – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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


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 & soil sciences, plant science, and environmental sciences as well as those in allied fields including geochemistry, environmental microbiology, and microbiology


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About the Serial Editors

Donald Sparks Serial Editor

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

S. Hallock du Pont Chair in Soil and Environmental Chemistry and Director, Delaware Environmental Institute, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA