Advances in Agronomy

Advances in Agronomy

1st Edition - April 26, 2013

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  • Editor: Donald L Sparks
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124078093

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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. Food, Nutrition and Agrobiodiversity Under Global Climate Change

    1 Introduction

    2 Moisture Stress and Rising CO2 and Temperature Impacts on Food Quality

    3 Global Warming and Altered Pathogens and Pests Impacts on Crop Production and Quality

    4 Management and Prevention of Aflatoxin

    5 Agrobiodiversity to Enhance Nutritional Quality of Food Crops

    6 Climate Change Analog Locations Representing Future Climate

    7 Plant Phenomics to Screen Traits for Adapting to Stresses

    8 Plant Traits to Accelerate Adaptation to Climate Change

    9 Outlook



    Chapter Two. Chromium Contamination and Its Risk Management in Complex Environmental Settings

    1 Introduction

    2 Sources of Chromium in the Environment

    3 Distribution and Speciation of Chromium in the Environment

    4 Biogeochemistry of Chromium in the Environment

    5 Bioavailability and Toxicity of Chromium to Biota

    6 Paradigm of Chromium Risk Management in Contaminated Environments

    7 Summary and Future Research Needs



    Chapter Three. Ecological Restoration: Approaches and Impacts on Vegetation, Soils and Society

    1 Introduction

    2 What is Ecological Restoration?

    3 Challenges of Ecological Restoration

    4 Approaches to Ecological Restoration

    5 Impacts of Ecological Restoration

    6 Synthesis and Conclusions


    Chapter Four. The Role of Bioretention Systems in the Treatment of Stormwater

    1 Introduction

    2 Bioretention Systems

    3 Soil and Plant Processes Involved in Treatment

    4 Factors Affecting Treatment Efficiency

    5 Conclusions

    6 Future Research


    Chapter Five. A Review of the Use of Organic Amendments and the Risk to Human Health


    1 Introduction

    2 Types of Organic Amendments Applied to Soils

    3 The Nutrient Value of Organic Amendments

    4 Potential Contaminants Associated with Organic Amendments

    5 Agricultural Benefits From Organic Amendments

    6 The Exposure of Humans to Threats from Contaminants in Organic Amendments through Air, Water and Food

    7 Impacts on the Quality of Water Resources

    8 Farming Practices to Minimize Risks to Human Health from Organic Amendments

    9 General Conclusions



    Chapter Six. Discoveries Leading to Conventional Chemical Kinetics for Pesticides in Soils: A Review

    1 Introduction

    2 Discoveries

    3 Discussion

    4 Future Research

    5 Conclusion




Product details

  • No. of pages: 456
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2013
  • Published: April 26, 2013
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124078093

About the Serial Editor

Donald L Sparks

Donald L 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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