Advances in Agronomy

Advances in Agronomy

1st Edition - March 24, 2022

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  • Editor: Donald Sparks
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323989558
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323989565

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Advances in Agronomy, Volume 173, the latest release in this leading reference on agronomy, contains a variety of updates and highlights new advances in the field, with each chapter written by an international board of authors.

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

  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Table of Contents
  • Copyright
  • Contributors
  • Preface
  • Chapter One: Impact of micronutrients in mitigation of abiotic stresses in soils and plants—A progressive step toward crop security and nutritional quality
  • Abstract
  • 1: Introduction
  • 2: Impact of micronutrients on plants, animals and human health
  • 3: Status of micronutrients under different soils and crops
  • 4: Micronutrients in mitigating absorption and accumulation mechanisms
  • 5: Impact of micronutrients in mitigating crop security and nutritional quality
  • 6: Abiotic stress induced alterations in soil and plants
  • 7: Detection and monitoring of abiotic stresses through remote sensing
  • 8: Micronutrients and abiotic stress tolerance in plants
  • 9: Role of micronutrients in mitigating different types of stresses in soils and plants
  • 10: Nutrient interactions vis-à-vis abiotic stress
  • 11: Future perspective
  • 12: Conclusions
  • References
  • Chapter Two: A review of field management practices impacting root health in sugarcane
  • Abstract
  • 1: Introduction
  • 2: Development and growth pattern of sugarcane roots
  • 3: Factors affecting the development and growth pattern of sugarcane roots
  • 4: Managing irrigation and drainage
  • 5: Managing soil disturbance and infield traffic
  • 6: Managing green manures and organic amendments
  • 7: Managing nutrients for root health
  • 8: Managing soil acidity to promote root health
  • 9: Managing soil salinity and sodicity to promote root health
  • 10: Managing weeds
  • 11: Managing nematodes
  • 12: Managing soil pests
  • 13: Managing soil microorganisms
  • 14: Summary
  • References
  • Chapter Three: Soil carbon accumulation in crop-livestock systems in acid soil savannas of South America: A review
  • Abstract
  • 1: Introduction
  • 2: Characteristics of acid soil savannas in South America
  • 3: Land use changes in the Cerrados of Brazil and the Llanos of Colombia
  • 4: Types and benefits of integration in crop-livestock systems
  • 5: Land use and its influence on soil organic carbon accumulation
  • 6: Soil organic carbon forms and their accumulation in crop-livestock systems
  • 7: Conceptual model of soil organic carbon accumulation in integrated crop-pasture systems
  • 8: Major factors influencing the quantity and quality of soil organic carbon accumulation in crop-livestock systems
  • 9: Importance of land use policies
  • 10: Conclusions and future perspectives
  • Acknowledgments
  • References
  • Chapter Four: Soils in urban and built environments: Pedogenic processes, characteristics, mapping, and classification
  • Abstract
  • 1: Background
  • 2: Defining urban soils and the built environment
  • 3: Characteristics of urban soils and ecological services
  • 4: Pedogenic processes in urban soils
  • 5: Progression of soil survey availability and mapping methods in urban areas of the United States of America
  • 6: Classification of soils formed in HAHT parent materials
  • 7: Conclusions
  • Acknowledgments
  • References
  • Further reading
  • Chapter Five: Management of copper for crop production
  • Abstract
  • 1: Introduction
  • 2: Copper in the soil
  • 3: Copper in plants
  • 4: Deficiency and toxicity symptoms
  • 5: Deficiency, sufficiency, and toxicity levels
  • 6: Copper use efficiency and response of plants to different sources and methods of application
  • 7: Conclusion remarks
  • Acknowledgments
  • References
  • Chapter Six: Diversifying crop rotations enhances agroecosystem services and resilience
  • Abstract
  • 1: Introduction
  • 2: Crop rotations and resource use efficiency
  • 3: Diversifying crop rotations to increase system resilience
  • 4: Rotation diversification and soil properties
  • 5: Rotation diversification enhances environmental sustainability
  • 6: Conclusion
  • References
  • Chapter Seven: Competitive sorption and accumulation of organic phosphorus in phosphate-rich soils and sediments
  • Abstract
  • 1: Introduction
  • 2: Factors affecting organic P accumulation in soils and sediments
  • 3: Competitive adsorption of phosphate and phytic acid
  • 4: Knowledge gaps and future research needs
  • Acknowledgments
  • References
  • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 398
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: March 24, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323989558
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323989565

About the 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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