Advances in Agronomy

Advances in Agronomy

1st Edition - December 31, 2012

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  • Editor: Donald Sparks
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124059498

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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 and soil sciences, plant science, and environmental sciences

Table of Contents

  • Advances in Agronomy



    Chapter One. Digital Mapping of Soil Carbon

    1 Introduction

    2 Review of Past Studies

    3 Soil Carbon Measurement and Depth

    4 Source of Data: Soil Sampling and Legacy Data

    5 Prediction and Mapping

    6 Uncertainty and Validation

    7 Mapping AND PREDICTING Soil Carbon Change

    8 Conclusions


    Chapter Two. Impacts of Changing Climate and Climate Variability on Seed Production and Seed Industry

    1 Introduction

    2 Climate Change Effect on Crop Yield, Food Security, and National Gross Domestic Product

    3 Climate Change Effect on Geographical Distribution of Crops and Species Composition

    4 Climate Change Effect on Insect Pest and Disease Development

    5 Climate Change Effect on C3/C4 Crops and Crop/Weed Interactions

    6 Climate Change Effect on Seed Production

    7 Effect of Climate Change on Pollination

    8 Interaction of Climate Change Factors and Other Resources

    9 Absence of Climate Safety NET

    10 Intellectual Property Rights Issues Related to Seed

    11 Conclusions


    Chapter Three. Elucidating Mechanisms of Competitive Sorption at the Mineral/Water Interface

    1 Introduction

    2 Sorption of Cations and Anions onto Soil Components

    3 Effect of Inorganic and Organic Ligands on Cations Sorption

    4 Competitive Sorption of Cations

    5 Competitive Sorption of Anions

    6 Conclusions


    Chapter Four. Insights from the Soybean (Glycine max and Glycine soja) Genome

    1 Introduction

    2 The Pregenomic Era

    3 The Genomic Era

    4 The Postgenomic Era


    Chapter Five. Responses of Crop Plants to Ammonium and Nitrate N

    1 Introduction

    2 Organic N Nutrition for Plants

    3 NH4+–N and NO3−–N Absorption Kinetics

    4 NH4+–N and NO3−–N Movement to the Root Surface, Uptake, Assimilation, and Transport in Plants

    5 Preference of Plants to NO3−–N and NH4+–N

    6 NH4+–N and NO3−–N Nutrition at Different Stages of Plants

    7 Effect of NH4+–N and NO3−–N Forms on Some Morphological and Physiological Characteristics of Crop Plants

    8 Conclusions


    Chapter Six. Flaming as an Alternative Weed Control Method for Conventional and Organic Agronomic Crop Production Systems

    1 Introduction

    2 Response of Selected Weed Species to Flaming

    3 Response of Selected Agronomic Crops to Flaming

    4 Advantages and Disadvantages of Flaming

    5 Environmental Impacts of Flaming

    6 Practical Recommendations and Future Research


    Chapter Seven. Ridge-Furrow Mulching Systems—An Innovative Technique for Boosting Crop Productivity in Semiarid Rain-Fed Environments


    1 Introduction

    2 Variety of Mulching Systems

    3 Ridge-Furrow Mulching, Rainwater Conservation, and Soil Temperature

    4 Crop Productivity with Ridge-furrow Mulching

    5 Effects of Ridge-Furrow Mulching on Soil Attributes

    6 Effects of Ridge-Furrow Pattern on Environments

    7 Suggestions for Future Research

    8 Concluding Remarks



Product details

  • No. of pages: 512
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2013
  • Published: December 31, 2012
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124059498

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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