Advances in Agronomy

Advances in Agronomy

1st Edition - May 15, 2020
  • Editor: Donald Sparks
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128207673
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128207680

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Advances in Agronomy, Volume 162, 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

Table of Contents

  • 1. Drones in Agriculture
    Deon van der Merwe, David R. Burchfield, Trevor D. Witt, Kevin P. Price and Ajay Sharda
    2. Biofertilizers in Agriculture: An Overview on Concepts, Strategies and Effects on Soil Microorganisms
    Mateusz Macik, Agata Gryta and Magdalena Frac
    3. Advanced Analytics, Phenomics and Biotechnology Approaches to Enhance Genetic Gains in Plant Breeding
    Sangam L. Dwivedi, Irwin Goldman, Ceccarelli Salvatore and Rodomiro Ortiz
    4. Review of Existing Knowledge on Subsurface Soil Compaction in South Africa
    M. C. Laker and G. P. Nortje
    5. Understanding Intercropping to Improve Agriculture Resiliency and Environmental Sustainability
    Samantha Glaze-Corcoran, Masoud Hashemi, Amir Sadeghpour, Emad Jehanzad, Reza Keshavarz Afshar, Xiaobing Liu, and Stephen J Herbert
    6. The Isotopes and Biomarker Approaches for Identifying Eroded Organic Matter Sources in Sediments: A Review
    Chun Liu, Zhongwu Li, Asmeret Asefaw Berhe and Bill X. Hu

Product details

  • No. of pages: 326
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: May 15, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128207673
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128207680

About the Serial Volume 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