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Advances in Agronomy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123942784, 9780123944177

Advances in Agronomy, Volume 117

1st Edition

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Serial Editor: Donald L. Sparks
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123942784
eBook ISBN: 9780123944177
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 7th September 2012
Page Count: 388
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Table of Contents

Advances in Agronomy



Chapter One Agronomic and Ecological Implications of Biofuels

1 Introduction

2 Ecosystem Functions and Services

3 Land Use Change

4 Soil Erosion and Water Quality

5 Nitrogen Cycling

6 Human Impacts on Biodiversity

7 Biofuels and the Soil Carbon Budget

8 Invasive Potential of Bioenergy Crop Species

9 Food versus Fuel

10 Conclusions

11 Future Challenges

Chapter Two Food Safety Issues for Mineral and Organic Fertilizers

1 Introduction

2 Concentrations of Trace Elements in Fertilizers and Soil Amendments

3 Risk Assessment Pathways

4 Natural Controls on Trace Element Transfer from Soil to Plants

5 Element Risks

6 Trace Elements in Other Common Soil Amendments

7 Long-Term Reactions of Trace Elements in Soils

8 Other Elements in Fertilizers and Soil Amendments of Possible Concern

9 Monitoring and Control of Trace Elements in Mineral Fertilizers

10 Need for Regulatory Enforcement on Composition of Soil Amendments

Chapter Three Mechanisms of Nickel Uptake and Hyperaccumulation by Plants and Implications for Soil Remediation

1 Introduction

2 Status of Nickel in Soils

3 Nickel Effects on Plants

4 Nickel-Hyperaccumulator Plants

5 Mechanisms of Nickel Hyperaccumulation by Plants

6 Phytoremediation

7 Conclusions

Chapter Four Conservation Agriculture in the Semi-Arid Tropics

1 Introduction

2 Conservation Agriculture as a Part of Solution

3 Conservation Agriculture: Concept and Definition

4 Conservation Agriculture Worldwide and Lessons Learnt

5 Conservation Agriculture for SAT: Perspective, Challenges and Opportunities

6 A Paradigm Shift in SAT Agriculture Through Conservation Agriculture

7 Constraints in Scaling Up Conservation Agriculture in SAT

8 Up Scaling Conservation Agriculture in SAT

9 Concluding Remarks

Chapter Five Green and Brown Manures in Dryland Wheat Production Systems in Mediterranean-Type Environments

1 Introduction

2 Survey of Farmers on the Use of Green or Brown Manuring

3 Species Options for Green or Brown Manures

4 Advantages and Disadvantages of Green or Brown Manuring

5 Integration of Green or Brown Manuring Within a Farming System

6 Economics of Green and Brown Manuring

7 Conclusions

Chapter Six Productivity and Sustainability of the Rice–Wheat Cropping System in the Indo-Gangetic Plains of the Indian subcontinent

1 Introduction

2 Problems

3 Opportunities and Strategies

4 Conclusions



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 myriad of subject matter dealt with by this long-running serial.

Key Features

  • Maintains the highest impact factor among serial publications in agriculture
  • Presents timely reviews on important agronomy issues
  • Enjoys a long-standing reputation for excellence in the field


Professionals, researchers, students, and government involved in agronomy, crop & soil sciences, plant science, and environmental sciences


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About the Serial Editor

Donald L. Sparks

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