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Advances in Agronomy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128124239, 9780128124246

Advances in Agronomy, Volume 141

1st Edition

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Serial Editor: Donald L. Sparks
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128124239
eBook ISBN: 9780128124246
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 5th January 2017
Page Count: 286
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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter One: Long-Term Aging of Biochar: A Molecular Understanding With Agricultural and Environmental Implications
    • Abstract
    • 1 Introduction
    • 2 Biochar and Its Aging
    • 3 Accelerated Methods of Biochar Aging
    • 4 Properties of Biochar and Biochar-Derived Organic Matter
    • 5 Biochar Aging Impacts on Agriculture and Environment
    • 6 Conclusions
    • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter Two: Brazilian Agriculture in Perspective: Great Expectations vs Reality
    • Abstract
    • 1 Introduction
    • 2 In the Beginning: Creation of Brazil and Its Agriculture
    • 3 Information, Research, and Development
    • 4 Agriculture and Environment
    • 5 Great Expectations vs Reality
    • 6 Concluding Remarks
    • 7 Plea for an National Agricultural Policy (NAP)
  • Chapter Three: Bio-Intervention of Naturally Occurring Silicate Minerals for Alternative Source of Potassium: Challenges and Opportunities
    • Abstract
    • 1 Introduction
    • 2 Potassium Dynamics in Soil
    • 3 Potassium-Bearing Minerals in Soil Environment
    • 4 Bio-Intervention of Silicate Minerals and K Availability
    • 5 Mechanisms of Potassium Mobilization From Silicate Minerals
    • 6 Bio-Approaches for K Mobilization From Silicate Minerals
    • 7 Structural Changes of Silicate Minerals Due To Bio-Intervention
    • 8 Plant Growth and K Nutrition on Bio-Intervened Silicate Minerals
    • 9 Conclusions and Future Prospects
    • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter Four: Livestock Production and Its Impact on Nutrient Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    • Abstract
    • 1 Introduction
    • 2 Livestock for Economic Development and Consumer Demand
    • 3 Livestock Production and Land Use Change
    • 4 Environmental Impacts
    • 5 Nitrogen and Phosphorus Losses Under Livestock Production
    • 6 Livestock Production and GHG Emission
    • 7 Isotopic and Nuclear Techniques for Assessing Soil–Crop–Livestock Interaction
    • 8 Conclusion
  • Chapter Five: Mineral Nutrition of Cocoa: A Review
    • Abstract
    • 1 Introduction
    • 2 Cocoa Productivity
    • 3 Nutrient Cycling in Cocoa
    • 4 Cocoa and Nutrient Application
    • 5 Interaction of Shade With Fertilizer Response
    • 6 Cocoa Fertilizer Recommendations
    • 7 Methods Used to Establish Fertilizer Recommendations for Cocoa
    • 8 Knowledge Gaps and Recommended Research
    • 9 Conclusions
    • Acknowledgments
  • Index


Advances in Agronomy, Volume 141 carries on the stellar reputation of this 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 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. 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