Advances in Agronomy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128001325, 9780128003237

Advances in Agronomy, Volume 126

1st Edition

Serial Editors: Donald Sparks
eBook ISBN: 9780128003237
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128001325
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 6th May 2014
Page Count: 312
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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter One. Soil Chemical Insights Provided through Vibrational Spectroscopy
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. FTIR Sampling Techniques
    • 3. Raman Sampling Techniques
    • 4. Soil Mineral Analysis
    • 5. SOM Spectral Components
    • 6. Bacteria and Biomolecules
    • 7. Soil Amendments
    • 8. Molecular-scale Analysis at the Solid–Liquid Interface
    • 9. Real World Complexity: Soil Analysis for Mineral and Organic Components
    • 10. FTIR Spectroscopy for SOM Analysis
    • 11. Summary
  • Chapter Two. Water-Saving Innovations in Chinese Agriculture
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Framework of Water-Saving Agriculture
    • 3. Water-Resource Management
    • 4. Water-Saving Cropping Practices
    • 5. Water-Saving Engineering Systems
    • 6. Challenges and Opportunities in Water-Saving Agriculture
    • 7. Conclusions
  • Chapter Three. The Physiology of Potassium in Crop Production
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Physiology of Potassium Nutrition
    • 3. Stress Mitigation
    • 4. Summary
  • Chapter Four. Disease and Frost Damage of Woody Plants Caused by Pseudomonas syringae
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Economic Importance
    • 3. Types of Diseases of Woody Plants Caused by P. syringae and Their Importance
    • 4. Epidemiology
    • 5. The Diversity of P. syringae Causing Disease to Woody Plant Species
    • 6. Control of Diseases of Woody Plants Caused by P. syringae
    • 7. The Case of Frost Damage due to Ice Nucleation-Active P. syringae
    • 8. Conclusions and Perspectives
  • Index


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


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About the Serial Editors

Donald Sparks Serial Editor

Donald L. Sparks is the S. Hallock du Pont Chair in Soil and Environmental Chemistry, Francis Alison Professor and Director of the Delaware Environmental Institute at the University of Delaware. He is internationally recognized for his landmark research on the kinetics and mechanisms of metal/oxyanion/nutrient reactions at biogeochemical interfaces. His pioneering studies on kinetic processes in soils and minerals include the development of widely used and novel kinetic methods, elucidation of rate-limiting steps and mechanisms over a range of spatial and temporal scales, and coupling of real-time kinetic studies with in-situ molecular scale investigations. His discoveries on the speciation, formation rates and stability mechanisms of metal hydroxide surface precipitates, and their role in the retention and bioavailability of toxic metals in the terrestrial environment, have received worldwide attention. This research has led to more effective soil remediation strategies and predictive models.

He is the author or coauthor of 286 publications. These include: 11 edited books, 53 book chapters, and 219 refereed papers. He is the author of two widely adopted textbooks, Kinetics of Soil Chemical Processes and Environmental Soil Chemistry (two editions) published by Academic Press. Dr. Sparks is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher; his research has been cited more than 8380 times and his h-index is 53 (Web of Science). Dr. Sparks has served as editor of Advances in Agronomy since 1991, having edited 77 volumes. He has given over 200 invited presentations at scientific conferences throughout the world, and been a lecturer at 98 universities and institutes in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

He has received numerous honors and awards including Fellow of five scientific societies, national and international research awards, distinguished fellowships and lectureships, and teaching and mentoring awards. He has advised 90 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers and been the recipient of more than $50 million in research funding. He served as President of both the Soil Science Society of America and the International Union of Soil Sciences.

Affiliations and Expertise

S. Hallock du Pont Chair in Soil and Environmental Chemistry and Director, Delaware Environmental Institute, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA