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Advances in Agronomy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128046937, 9780128048443

Advances in Agronomy, Volume 135

1st Edition

Serial Editor: Donald L. Sparks
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128046937
eBook ISBN: 9780128048443
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 20th January 2016
Page Count: 244
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Table of Contents

Chapter One: Adsorption Properties of Subtropical and Tropical Variable Charge Soils: Implications from Climate Change and Biochar Amendment

  • Abstract
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Development of variable charge properties
  • 3. Electric double layer interaction between oppositely charged particles
  • 4. Adsorption of low-molecular-weight organic anions
  • 5. Biochar-induced changes of surface chemical properties
  • 6. Climate change effects on mineralogy and surface properties of variable charge soils
  • Acknowledgments

Chapter Two: Groundwater Depletion by Agricultural Intensification in China's HHH Plains, Since 1980s

  • Abstract
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Characteristics of the HHH region
  • 3. Groundwater depletion in the HHH region
  • 4. Groundwater depletion by agricultural intensification
  • 5. Effects of groundwater depletion
  • 6. Discussions and conclusions
  • Acknowledgments

Chapter Three: Impact of Climate Change Factors on Weeds and Herbicide Efficacy

  • Abstract
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Factors Influencing Climate Change
  • 3. Impact of Climate Change Factors on Crop Production
  • 4. Effects of Climate Change Factors on Weed Physiology and Growth
  • 5. Effects of Climate Change Factors on Crop–Weed Competition
  • 6. Impact of Climate Change Factors on Weed Management and Herbicide Efficacy
  • 7. Environmental Factors That Affect Herbicide Activity
  • 8. Impact of Climate Change Factors on the Efficacy of Herbicides With Different Chemistries
  • 9. Summary and Implications for Future Research
  • Acknowledgments

Chapter Four: Scientific Underpinnings of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI): What Is Known So Far?

  • Abstract
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. The SRI controversy
  • 3. SRI practices and their reported effects
  • 4. Scientific foundations of the recorded SRI features
  • 5. A proposed model
  • 6. Discussion: some wider implications of SRI methods
  • 7. Concluding observations

Chapter Five: Molecular and Genomic Tools Provide Insights on Crop Domestication and Evolution

  • Abstract
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Domestication of crop species and centers of crop domestication
  • 3. Progenitors of crop species and centers of crop domestication
  • 4. Domestication and distribution of crops around the world
  • 5. Polyploidization and crop evolution
  • 6. Complex genomes and plant breeding
  • 7. Perspectives: domesticating new crops
  • Acknowledgments


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 rich and varied and exemplary of the abundant subject matter addressed by this long-running serial.

Key Features

  • Includes numerous, timely, state-of-the-art reviews
  • Features distinguished, well recognized authors from around the world
  • Builds upon this venerable and iconic review series
  • Covers the extensive variety and breadth of subject matter in crop and soil sciences


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