Advances in Agronomy

Advances in Agronomy

1st Edition - March 11, 2014

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  • Editor: Donald L Sparks
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128003596

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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


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

  • Contributors
    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



Product details

  • No. of pages: 324
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2014
  • Published: March 11, 2014
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128003596

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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