Advances in Agronomy

Advances in Agronomy

1st Edition - September 7, 2012

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  • Editor: Donald Sparks
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123944177

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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 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

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


Product details

  • No. of pages: 388
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2012
  • Published: September 7, 2012
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123944177

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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