Advances in Agronomy

Advances in Agronomy

1st Edition - January 27, 2015

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  • Editor: Donald L Sparks
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128023464
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128021378

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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. Five volumes are published yearly which ensures that authors’ contributions are disseminated to the readership in a timely manner. 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

    • Preface
    • Chapter One. Mineral–Organic Associations: Formation, Properties, and Relevance in Soil Environments
      • 1. Properties of the Organic Phase
      • 2. Basic Properties of Mineral Reaction Partners
      • 3. Formation
      • 4. Interactions between Microbiota and Minerals
      • 5. The Role of MOAs in Soil Carbon Storage and Preservation
      • 6. Analytical Methods
      • 7. Conclusions and Outlook
    • Chapter Two. The Use of Biostimulants for Enhancing Nutrient Uptake
      • 1. Introduction
      • 2. Humic Substances
      • 3. Amino Acids
      • 4. Seaweed Extract
      • 5. Plant-Growth-Promoting Bacteria
      • 6. Conclusions and Future Directions
    • Chapter Three. Water-Yield Relations and Water Use Efficiency of Maize Under Nitrogen Fertigation for Semiarid Environments: Experiment and Synthesis
      • 1. Introduction
      • 2. Materials and Methods
      • 3. Results
      • 4. Discussion
      • 5. Conclusion
    • Chapter Four. Gypsum Soils—Their Morphology, Classification, Function, and Landscapes
      • 1. Introduction
      • 2. Distribution and Extent of Gypsum Soils
      • 3. The CaSO4–H2O System
      • 4. Primary Factors in Formation of Gypsum Soils
      • 5. Gypsum Soil Landscapes
      • 6. Gypsum Soil Properties
      • 7. Morphology, Mineralogy, and Classification: Updates to Soil Taxonomy
      • 8. How Gypsum Soils Function
      • 9. Agricultural Management
      • 10. Conclusions and Future Research Needs
    • Chapter Five. Weeds of Direct-Seeded Rice in Asia: Problems and Opportunities
      • 1. Introduction
      • 2. Why Shift to Direct Seeding?
      • 3. Problems
      • 4. Opportunities
      • 5. Conclusions
    • Chapter Six. Models, Developments, and Perspectives of Mutual Legume Intercropping
      • 1. Introduction
      • 2. Establishing Perennial Forage Legumes with Annual Legumes
      • 3. Intercropping Annual Legumes with Each Other
      • 4. Conclusions
      • Authors Contribution
    • INDEX

Product details

  • No. of pages: 444
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2015
  • Published: January 27, 2015
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128023464
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128021378

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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