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Advances in Agronomy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128021354, 9780128023440

Advances in Agronomy, Volume 132

1st Edition

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Serial Editor: Donald L. Sparks
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128021354
eBook ISBN: 9780128023440
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 26th May 2015
Page Count: 222
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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


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.


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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