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Advances in Agronomy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128001370, 9780128003596

Advances in Agronomy, Volume 125

1st Edition

Serial Editor: Donald L. Sparks
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128001370
eBook ISBN: 9780128003596
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 27th March 2014
Page Count: 324
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Table of Contents

Chapter One: Advances in Using Oxygen Isotope Ratios of Phosphate to Understand Phosphorus Cycling in the Environment

1 Introduction

2 Stable Isotope Systematics: Oxygen Isotope Ratios of Phosphate

3 Organic Phosphorus and Isotope Effects of Organic Phosphate Mineralization: Enzyme- and Substrate-Specific Isotope Effects

4 Measuremnt of Oxygen Isotope Ratios of Phosphate in Sediments, Soils, and Natural Waters

5 Isotope Effects of Abiotic and Biotic Processes Involving Phosphates

6 Application of Oxygen Isotope Ratios in Phosphate to Understand P Cycling in Soil Environments and Agricultre

7 Concluding Remarks and Perspectives


Chapter Two: Agronomic Biofortification of Cereal Grains with Iron and Zinc

1 Introduction

2 Biofortification of Cereal Grains

3 Micronutrients in Human Nutrition

4 Functions and Deficiency of Fe and Zn in Humans

5 Agronomic Biofortification of Cereal Grains

6 Management Practices Other Than Fertilizer Affecting Fe and Zn Concentration in Cereal Grains

7 Soil Factors Affecting the Availability of Fe and Zn to Plants

8 Plant Factors Affecting Uptake of Fe and Zn

9 Conclusion

Chapter Three: GlobalSoilMap: Toward a Fine-Resolution Global Grid of Soil Properties

1 Introduction

2 Information for Soil Assessment

3 Digital Soil Mapping and Origins of GlobalSoilMap

4 Technical Specifications of GlobalSoilMap

5 Minimum Data Set

6 Methods for Estimating Soil Properties Using Legacy Data

7 Uncertainty

8 Information Architecture, Web Services, and Applications

9 Examples

10 Toward an Enduring Global Soil Information System

11 Conclusions


Chapter Four: Fertilizer Intensification and Its Impacts in China's HHH Plains

1 Introduction

2 Characteristics of the HHH Region

3 Impacts on Agronomic Production

4 Synthesis of Past Achievements

5 Conclusions


Chapter Five: Nutrient Management and Use Efficiency in Wheat Systems of South Asia

1 Introduction

2 Wheat Systems in South Asia

3 Nutrient Recommendations in Wheat in South Asia

4 Fertilizer Use in Wheat in South Asia

5 Trends in Nutrient Use Efficiency in Wheat

6 Transformations, Losses, and Interaction of Nitrogen with Irrigation in Relation to Management of Fertilizer Nitrogen in Wheat

7 Nutrient Management in Wheat in Salt-Affected Soils

8 Nutrient Management in Wheat Grown Under Conservation Agriculture

9 Integrated Management of Organic and Inorganic Nutrient Sources in Wheat

10 Long-Term Nutrient Management Effects on Sustainability of Wheat Productivity

11 Strategies to Enhance Nutrient Use Efficiency in Wheat

12 Conclusions and Research Needs


Chapter Six: Ammonia-Oxidizing Archaea Play a Predominant Role in Acid Soil Nitrification

1 Introduction

2 An Overview of Nitrification Activity in Acid Soils

3 Evidence Supporting a More Important Role of AOA in Acid Soils: Field Studies and Microcosm Incubations

4 Spatial Distributions of AOA and AOB Along the Soil pH Gradient

5 Possible Mechanisms for AOA Nitrification in Acid Soils

6 Future Perspectives on Deciphering Microbial Mechanisms for Nitrification in Acid Soils




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


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.


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About the Serial Editor

Donald L. Sparks

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