Advances in Agronomy

Advances in Agronomy

1st Edition - April 18, 2017

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  • Editor: Donald Sparks
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128124215
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128124222

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Advances in Agronomy, Volume 143 continues to be recognized as a leading reference and first-rate source for the latest research in agronomy. This latest release brings new and updated information on Soil: The Forgotten Piece of the Water, Food, Energy Nexus, Humin: Its Composition and Importance in Soil Organic Matter, the Effects of Drought Stress on Morpho-Physiological Traits, Biochemical Characteristics, Yield and Yield Components in Different Ploidy Wheat: A Meta-Analysis, and a section on the Delineation of Soil Management Zones for Variable Rate Fertilization - A Review. Each volume in this series 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 on the latest advancements in agronomy
  • 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 the 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

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One: Soil: The Forgotten Piece of the Water, Food, Energy Nexus
    J.L. Hatfield, T.J. Sauer and R.M. Cruse

    • Abstract
    • 1 Introduction
    • 2 Soil—A Missing Nexus Component
    • 3 Scale of the Interface Between Soils and Ecosystem Services
    • 4 Implications of Soil as a Component of the Food, Energy, Water Nexus
    • 5 Challenges

    Chapter Two: Humin: Its Composition and Importance in Soil Organic Matter
    M.H.B. Hayes, R. Mylotte and R.S. Swift

    • Abstract
    • 1 Introduction
    • 2 Historical Perspectives of Humic Substances and Humin
    • 3 Modern Approaches to Studies of Humina
    • 4 Information About the Isolation and Compositions of Humin From Applications of Different NMR Procedures
    • 5 Possible Sources of Humin Components Derived From Plant and Microbial Sources
    • 6 Summation, Significance, and Future Directions

    Chapter Three: Effects of Drought Stress on Morphophysiological Traits, Biochemical Characteristics, Yield, and Yield Components in Different Ploidy Wheat: A Meta-Analysis
    J.-Y. Wang, Y.-C. Xiong, F.-M. Li, K.H.M. Siddique and N.C. Turner

    • Abstract
    • 1 Introduction
    • 2 Methodology
    • 3 Responses to Drought Stress in Different Ploidy Wheat
    • 4 Implications and Future Directions
    • Acknowledgments

    Chapter Four: Delineation of Soil Management Zones for Variable-Rate Fertilization: A Review
    S. Nawar, R. Corstanje, G. Halcro, D. Mulla and A.M. MouazenAbstract

    • 1 Introduction
    • 2 Conceptual Framework and Main Steps of MZs
    • 3 MZ Delineation Approaches
    • 4 Application Maps for VR Fertilization
    • 5 Opportunities for Evaluation MZs by Cost/Benefit Analysis
    • 6 A Case Study: Site-Specific N Application for Oil Seed Rape (OSR) Crop Based on MZ Delineation With Multisensor and Data Fusion Approach
    • 7 Conclusions
    • Acknowledgments

Product details

  • No. of pages: 266
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2017
  • Published: April 18, 2017
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128124215
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128124222

About the Serial Editor

Donald Sparks

Donald 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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