Advances in Agronomy

Advances in Agronomy

1st Edition - January 8, 2013

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  • Editor: Donald Sparks
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780124072473
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124077980

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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

  • Advisory Board



    Chapter One. Use of Synchrotron-Based Techniques to Elucidate Metal Uptake and Metabolism in Plants

    1 Introduction

    2 Presentation of the Techniques

    3 Sample Preparation and Possible Artifacts

    4 Results Obtained

    5 Complementary Techniques

    6 Conclusions and Perspectives


    Chapter Two. Advances in Understanding Organic Nitrogen Chemistry in Soils Using State-of-the-art Analytical Techniques

    1 Introduction

    2 Overview of Analytical Methods

    3 Occurrence and Ecological Function of Non-Cyclic and Cyclic Norg Compounds in Soil

    4 Examples for Recent Multimethodological Studies of Soil Norg Chemistry

    5 Conclusions and Outlook


    Chapter Three. The Role of Nitrate in Human Health

    1 Introduction

    2 Impacts on Human Health

    3 Risk–Benefit Analysis

    4 Conclusions


    Chapter Four. Cadmium Contamination and Its Risk Management in Rice Ecosystems

    1 Introduction

    2 Origin and Sources of Cadmium in Paddy Soils

    3 Biogeochemistry of Cadmium in the Environment

    4 Bioavailability and Toxicity of Cadmium

    5 Risk Management of Cadmium in Rice Ecosystems

    6 Summary and Future Research Needs


    Chapter Five. Transport and Retention of Heavy Metal in Soils

    1 Introduction

    2 Transport

    3 Retention Models

    4 Competitive Retention Models

    5 Summary


    Chapter Six. Clean Coal Technology Combustion Products

    1 Introduction

    2 Physical and Chemical Properties of CCPs

    3 Applications of CCPs

    4 Risk Management of CCPs in the Environment

    5 Conclusions and Research Priorities


    Chapter Seven. An Assessment of the Variation of Manure Nitrogen Efficiency throughout Europe and an Appraisal of Means to Increase Manure-N Efficiency

    1 Introduction

    2 The Availability of Manure-N to Crops

    3 Review of Recent Work Evaluating Methods to Increase Manure-N Availability/reduce Losses

    4 Discussion

    5 Conclusions



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Product details

  • No. of pages: 476
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2013
  • Published: January 8, 2013
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780124072473
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124077980

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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