Advances in Agronomy

Advances in Agronomy

1st Edition - June 27, 2014

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  • Editor: Donald Sparks
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128001318
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128003220

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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.

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Advances in Agronomy is read by scientists and practitioners in academe, government, and industry and students in an array of fields including crop and soil sciences, agronomy, plant biology, and environmental sciences. The readership spans the globe.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One. The Global Dispersion of Pathogenic Microorganisms by Dust Storms and Its Relevance to Agriculture

    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Methodology
    • 3. Global Scale Dust Storms, Microbial Pathogens And Agronomy

    Chapter Two. Nature of the Belowground Ecosystem and Its Development during Pedogenesis

    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Ecological Succession
    • 3. Pedogenesis
    • 4. Nature of Biotic Communities
    • 5. Linkage between Below- and Aboveground Components of the Ecosystem
    • 6. Development of the Soil Microbial Community
    • 7. Development of the Soil Faunal Community
    • 8. Conceptual Model
    • 9. Implications for Revegetation Strategies

    Chapter Three. Agronomic and Physiological Responses to High Temperature, Drought, and Elevated CO2 Interactions in Cereals

    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Overview of Responses to High Temperature, Drought, or [eCO2]
    • 3. High Temperature and Drought Interaction
    • 4. High Temperature and [eCO2] Interaction
    • 5. Drought and [eCO2] Interaction
    • 6. Breeding for Multiple Abiotic Stress Resilience
    • 7. Future Outlook and Research Directions

    Chapter Four. Improving Water Productivity of Wheat-Based Cropping Systems in South Asia for Sustained Productivity

    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Wheat-Based Cropping Systems
    • 3. Water Resources of South Asia
    • 4. WP: Concepts and Definitions
    • 5. Scope for Improving WP
    • 6. Efficient Management of IW
    • 7. Water-Saving Technologies for Enhancing WP in Irrigated Agriculture
    • 8. Strategies for Enhancing WP in Rainfed Agriculture
    • 9. Breeding Crop Varieties for Higher WP
    • 10. Conclusions and Future Strategies for Increasing WP

Product details

  • No. of pages: 276
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2014
  • Published: June 27, 2014
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128001318
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128003220

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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