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Advances in Agronomy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128021392, 9780128023525

Advances in Agronomy, Volume 128

1st Edition

Serial Editor: Donald L Sparks
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128021392
eBook ISBN: 9780128023525
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 17th November 2014
Page Count: 294
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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter One. Advances in Portable X-ray Fluorescence (PXRF) for Environmental, Pedological, and Agronomic Applications
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Historical Development of XRF Spectroscopy
    • 3. Portable X-ray Fluorescence (PXRF)
    • 4. Applications of Portable XRF in Soil and Environmental Sciences
    • 5. Advantages and Limitations of PXRF
    • 6. New Elements of Interest and Recommendations
    • 7. Summary
    • Disclaimer
  • Chapter Two. Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology of Iodine
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Indigenous Sources
    • 3. Anthropogenic Sources
    • 4. Iodine Toxicity
    • 5. Impacts on Human Health
    • 6. Environmental Chemistry of Iodine
    • 7. Iodine Sorption in Humic Substances and Soil Minerals
    • 8. Remediation of Iodine Contamination
    • 9. Conclusion and Future Challenges
  • Chapter Three. Guttation: New Insights into Agricultural Implications
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Plant Secretions
    • 3. Botanical Distribution of Guttation
    • 4. Agricultural Implications
    • 5. Conclusions and Reflections for Future Research
  • Chapter Four. Assessing Nutrient Use Efficiency and Environmental Pressure of Macronutrients in Biobased Mineral Fertilizers: a Review of Recent Advances and Best Practices at Field Scale
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Field Experiments: Guidelines for Good Practice
    • 3. Impact of Fertilization Strategy on Crop Production and Biogas Potential
    • 4. Impact of Fertilization Strategy on Nutrient Dynamics in the Environment
    • 5. Impact of Fertilization Strategy on General Soil Quality
    • 6. Fertilizer Markets, Legislations, and Recommendations
    • 7. Economic and Ecological Evaluation
    • 8. Conclusions and Further Research
  • Chapter Five. Exploring Options for Lowland Rice Intensification under Rain-fed and Irrigated Ecologies in East and Southern Africa: The Potential Application of Integrated Soil Fertility Management Principles
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Diversity of Nutrient Sources
    • 3. Reducing Environmental Damage through Improved Nutrient Use Efficiency
    • 4. Profitable Practices with High Returns to Investment
    • 5. ISFM in Rice Systems
    • 6. Research Areas
    • 7. Conclusions
  • Chapter Six. Management of Soil Acidity of South American Soils for Sustainable Crop Production
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Soil Types in South America
    • 3. Causes of Soil Acidification
    • 4. Management Strategies
    • 5. Conclusions
  • Index


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

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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.


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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