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Advances in Agronomy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128001387, 9780128003602

Advances in Agronomy, Volume 124

1st Edition

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Serial Editor: Donald L. Sparks
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128001387
eBook ISBN: 9780128003602
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 15th January 2014
Page Count: 248
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Table of Contents

Chapter One: Opportunities and Challenges of Soil Carbon Sequestration by Conservation Agriculture in China

1 Introduction

2 CA in China

3 Effects of CA in China

4 Potential and Opportunities for CA and SOC Research

5 Conclusions


Chapter Two: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Plant-Growth Response to Humic Substances: Practical Implications for Agriculture

1 Introduction

2 Meta-Analysis

3 Plant-Growth Response to HS: Moderating Factors

4 Practical Use of HS in Agriculture

5 Knowledge Gaps and Research Needs

6 Conclusions


Appendix A. Study References for SDW Data used in the Meta-Analysis

Appendix B. Study References for RDW Data used in the Meta-Analysis

Chapter Three: Properties and Management of Acid Sulfate Soils in Southeast Asia for Sustainable Cultivation of Rice, Oil Palm, and Cocoa

1 Introduction

2 Formation and Properties of Acid Sulfate Soils in Southeast Asia

3 Management of Acid Sulfate Soils for Rice Cultivation

4 Management of Acid Sulfate Soil for Oil Palm Cultivation

5 Management of Acid Sulfate Soil for Cocoa Cultivation

6 Summary and Conclusions


Chapter Four: Plant Responses to Limited Moisture and Phosphorus Availability: A Meta-Analysis

1 Introduction

2 Complexity and Limitations of the Current Literature

3 Dry Soil Restricts P Movement and P Uptake by Plants

4 Effects of Moisture and P Limitation on Shoot Processes

5 Effects of Moisture and P Limitation on Root Processes

6 Effects of Moisture and P Limitation on Soil P Dynamics

7 Influence of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi

8 Hydraulic Redistribution

9 Limitations of Laboratory Studies

10 Concluding Remarks


Chapter Five: Elicitation: An Underutilized Tool in the Development of Medicinal Plants as a Source of Therapeutic Secondary Metabolites

1 Introduction

2 Classification of Elicitors

3 Elicitation in Whole Medicinal Plants

4 Role of Elicitation in Agricultural Development of Medicinal Plants

5 Currently Utilized Elicitors

6 Conclusion




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


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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