Advances in Agronomy

Advances in Agronomy

1st Edition - June 2, 2016

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  • Editor: Donald L Sparks
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128047743
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128051726

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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.

Table of Contents

  • 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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2016
  • Published: June 2, 2016
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128047743
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128051726

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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