Advances in Agronomy

Advances in Agronomy

1st Edition - May 19, 2015

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  • Editor: Donald L Sparks
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128023440
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128021354

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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. Each volume contains an eclectic group of reviews by leading scientists throughout the world. As always, the subjects covered are varied and exemplary of the myriad of subject matter dealt with by this long-running serial.

Key Features

  • Timely and state-of-the-art reviews
  • Distinguished, well recognized authors
  • A venerable and iconic review series
  • Timely publication of submitted reviews


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

    • Advances in Agronomy
    • Preface
    • Chapter One. Wetland Restoration and Creation for Nitrogen Removal: Challenges to Developing a Watershed-Scale Approach in the Chesapeake Bay Coastal Plain
      • 1. Introduction
      • 2. Biological and Physical Challenges
      • 3. Political, Social, and Economic Challenges
      • 4. Conclusions
    • Chapter Two. Nitrogenous Gas Emissions from Soils and Greenhouse Gas Effects
      • 1. Overview of Nitrogen Cycle
      • 2. The Contribution of Agriculture to Atmospheric N Gases (NO2, NO, N2O)
      • 3. Forms, Sources, and Pathways of N Gases
      • 4. Role of Agricultural Management Practices
      • 5. Agronomic Assessment of N Gas Emissions and Broader Environmental Context of N Fertilizers
      • 6. Mitigation Strategies
    • Chapter Three. Hydrological Aspects of Arsenic Contamination of Groundwater in Eastern India
      • 1. Introduction
      • 2. Health Effects
      • 3. Extent of the Problem
      • 4. Arsenic Geochemistry
      • 5. Geology
      • 6. Hydrology
      • 7. Groundwater Chemistry
      • 8. Accessing Safe Drinking Water
    • Chapter Four. Soil Spectroscopy: An Alternative to Wet Chemistry for Soil Monitoring
      • 1. Introduction
      • 2. Visible and Infrared Spectroscopy
      • 3. Soil Vis and IR Spectroscopy
      • 4. The Way Forward
    • Chapter Five. Occurrence, Detection, and Molecular and Metabolic Characterization of Heat-Resistant Fungi in Soils and Plants and Their Risk to Human Health
      • 1. Heat-Resistant Fungi: Importance and Current Outlook
      • 2. Significance of Heat-Resistant Fungi for Human Health
      • 3. The Occurrence of Heat-Resistant Fungi in Soils and Agricultural Raw Materials
      • 4. The Effectiveness of Detection Methods of Heat-Resistant Fungi
      • 5. Characterization of Metabolic Profile and Phylogenetic Analyses of Selected Heat-Resistant Fungi
      • 6. Mycotoxins Production by Selected Heat-Resistant Fungi
      • 7. The Characterization of Inactivation Kinetics (D-values) and Control Methods of Heat-Resistant Fungi
      • 8. Future Research Needs
    • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 222
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2015
  • Published: May 19, 2015
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128023440
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128021354

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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