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Advances in Agronomy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128207697, 9780128207703

Advances in Agronomy, Volume 163

1st Edition

Editor: Donald L. Sparks
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128207697
eBook ISBN: 9780128207703
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 24th July 2020
Page Count: 298
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Table of Contents

1.Vindication of Humic substances as a Key Component of Organic Matter in Soil and Water
Michael H. B. Hayes and Roger S. Swift
2.Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Agriculture: The Crucial Role of Nitrogen in Cereal-Based Systems
J. K. Ladha, M. L. Jat, C. M. Stirling, Debashis Chakraborty, Prajal Pradhan, Timothy J. Krupnik, Tek B. Sapkota and H. Pathak
3.Current Uncertainties in Assessing the Colloidal Phosphorus Loss from Soil
Ai Chen and Yuji Arai
4.Making Science More Effective for Agriculture
Victor Sadras, Julian Alston, Pedro Aphalo, David Connor, R. Ford Denison, Tony Fisher, Richard Gray, Peter Hayman, John Kirkegaard, Holger Kirchmann, Martin Kropff, H. Renee Lafitte, Peter Langridge, Jill Lenne, M. Ines Minguez, John Passioura, John R. Porter, Tim Reeves, Daniel Rodriguez, Megan Ryan, Francisco J. Villalobos and David Wood
5.Zinc Nutrition for High Productivity and Human Health in Intensive Production of Wheat
Wei Zhang, Yan-Fang Xue, Xin-Ping Chen, Fu-Suo Zhang and Chun-Qin Zou
6.Current and Future Scenarios of Glyphosate Use in Europe: Are There Alternatives?
Fogliatto Silvia, Aldo Ferrero, Francesco Vidotto


Advances in Agronomy, Volume 163, 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 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