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Advances in Agronomy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128207659, 9780128207666

Advances in Agronomy, Volume 161

1st Edition

Editor: Donald Sparks
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128207659
eBook ISBN: 9780128207666
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 24th April 2020
Page Count: 384
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Table of Contents

1. Root Systems of Major Tropical Root and Tuber Crops: Root Architecture, size, and Growth and Initiation of Storage Organs
Peter J. Gregory and Tobias Wojciechowski
2. Nanotechnology Support the Next Agricultural Revolution: Perspectives to Enhancement of Nutrient Use Efficiency
Luca Marchiol, Michele lafisco, Guido Fellet and Alessio Adamiano
3. Crop Spatial Uniformity, Yield and Weed Suppression
Ping Lu, Baiwen Jiang and Jacob Weiner
4. Soil Research Challenges in Response to Emerging Agricultural Soil Management Practices
Anja-K. Techen, Katharina Helming, Nicolas Bruggemann, Edzo Veldkamp, Barbara Reinhold-Hurek, Marco Lorenz, Stephan Bartke, Uwe, Heinrich, Wulf Amelung, Katja Augustin, Jens Boy, Marife Corre, Rainer Duttman, Robin Gebbers, Norman Gentsch, Rita Grosch, Georg Guggenberger, Jurgen Kern, Ralf Kiese, Michael Kuhwald, Peter Leinweber, Michael Schloter, martin Wiesmeier, Traud Winkelmann and Hans-Jorg Vogel
5. Site-specific Seeding: Principles and Technologies
M. A. Munnaf, G. Haesaert, M. V. Meirvenne and A. M. Mouazen
6. The Vanishing Legacy of Soil Salinity Data from Irrigated Districts: A Case Study from Spain and a Call for Action
Carmen Castaneda, Juan Herrero and Borja Latorre


Advances in Agronomy, Volume 161, 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 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


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About the Editor

Donald 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