Advances in Agronomy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128047743, 9780128051726

Advances in Agronomy, Volume 138

1st Edition

Serial Editors: Donald Sparks
eBook ISBN: 9780128051726
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128047743
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 6th June 2016
Page Count: 304
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Table of Contents

  • Series page
      • Contributors
        • Preface
          • Chapter One: Root Iron Plaque on Wetland Plants as a Dynamic Pool of Nutrients and Contaminants
            • Abstract
            • 1. Introduction
            • 2. Wetlands and Hydrophytes
            • 3. Formation and Characteristics of Iron Plaque
            • 4. Root Plaque as a Source and Sink for Plant Nutrients and Contaminants
            • 5. Future Research
            • 6. Summary
            • 7. Conclusions
            • Acknowledgements
          • Chapter Two: Utilization of Biowaste for Mine Spoil Rehabilitation
            • Abstract
            • List of abbreviations
            • 1. Introduction
            • 2. Sources of Biowaste
            • 3. Regulations of Biowaste Utilization
            • 4. Effects of Biowaste Addition on Mine Spoils
            • 5. Case Studies of Biowaste Utilization
            • 6. Efficacy of Biowastes on Mine Spoil Rehabilitation
            • 7. Conclusions and Future Research Needs
            • Acknowledgments
          • Chapter Three: Exposure, Toxicity, Health Impacts, and Bioavailability of Heavy Metal Mixtures
            • Abstract
            • 1. Introduction
            • 2. Impacts of Heavy Metals on Human Health and Metal–Metal Interactions
            • 3. Impacts on Ecosystem Health
            • 4. Regulatory Limits for Heavy Metals
            • 5. Bioassay Tests
            • 6. Metal–Metal Interactions in Soil
            • 7. Effect of Soil Properties on Metal Bioavailability
            • 8. Conclusions
            • Acknowledgments
          • Chapter Four: Integrated Farming Systems and the Livelihood Security of Small and Marginal Farmers in India and Other Developing Countries
            • Abstract
            • 1. Introduction
            • 2. Background
            • 3. Concepts of Farming Systems
            • 4. Determinants of Farming Systems
            • 5. Major Components of IFS in India and Other South Asian Countries
            • 6. Conclusions
          • Index


            Advances in Agronomy continues to be recognized as a leading reference and 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, 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 Editors

            Donald Sparks Serial Editor

            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