Advances in Agronomy

Advances in Agronomy

1st Edition - August 4, 2022

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  • Editor: Donald Sparks
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323989596
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323989602

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Advances in Agronomy, Volume 175, the latest release in this leading reference on agronomy, contains a variety of updates and highlights new advances in the field. Each chapter is 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: Plastics in soil environments: All things considered
  • Abstract
  • 1: Introduction
  • 2: Plastics type, composition, properties and production
  • 3: Methodologies and characteristic of plastics in soil
  • 4: Occurrence of plastics in soil
  • 5: Sources and pathways of plastics in soil
  • 6: Impacts of plastics in soil ecosystem
  • 7: Degradation of plastics in soil
  • 8: Conclusions and outlook
  • References
  • Chapter Two: Strategies to improve field establishment of canola: A review
  • Abstract
  • 1: Introduction
  • 2: Genetic traits contributing to canola establishment
  • 3: Agronomic and seed factors contributing to canola establishment
  • 4: Cropping systems
  • 5: Technologies supporting research and breeding of establishment-related traits
  • 6: Strategies to improve canola establishment
  • 7: Concluding remarks
  • Acknowledgments
  • References
  • Chapter Three: Impacts of land-use change on soil microbial communities and their function in the Amazon Rainforest
  • Abstract
  • 1: Introduction: The Amazon is an ecosystem of global importance
  • 2: Why do microbes matter?
  • 3: Characterizing soil microbial communities: Current methodologies and metrics
  • 4: How has land-use change impacted microbial communities in the Amazon?
  • 5: Microbial impacts associated with carbon cycling
  • 6: Microbial impacts associated with nitrogen cycling
  • 7: Conversion by fire
  • 8: Secondary forest recovery
  • 9: Conclusions
  • Acknowledgment
  • References
  • Chapter Four: Microbial trait-based approaches for agroecosystems
  • Abstract
  • 1: Introduction
  • 2: From taxonomy to traits: Getting a grip on microbial diversity in agroecosystems
  • 3: Challenges of applying a genetically grounded functional trait concept from macro- to microorganisms
  • 4: Dormancy, a further challenge when applying microbial trait-based approaches
  • 5: The need to assess traits through the lens of community interactions to produce actionable knowledge for agricultural systems
  • 6: Microbial traits related to soil carbon cycling and storage
  • 7: Microbial traits related to soil structure
  • 8: Microbial traits related to plant nutrient acquisition
  • 9: Microbial traits related to plant health and biocontrol
  • 10: Microbial traits related to greenhouse gas emissions
  • 11: Microbial traits related to drought stress resistance
  • 12: Microbial traits related to heavy metal bioavailability in agroecosystems
  • 13: Eco-phenotyping of plant-microbiome holobionts for improving cultivated plant selection and assembling beneficial microbiomes
  • 14: Eco-engineering of the soil microbiota through the use of plant ecotypes able to select for specific soil microbial traits or holobiont modules
  • 15: Concluding remarks and perspectives
  • Acknowledgments
  • References
  • Chapter Five: Layered aluminosilicate nanoskeletons: The structure and properties of nanoherbicide formulations
  • Abstract
  • 1: Introduction
  • 2: Clay minerals and their structural composition
  • 3: Clay modification and its compatibility in herbicide delivery system
  • 4: Necessity and use of modified nanoclays in herbicide formulations
  • 5: Toxicological aspects of nanoclays
  • References
  • Chapter Six: Perspectives and strategies to increase the microbial-derived soil organic matter that persists in agroecosystems
  • Abstract
  • 1: Introduction
  • 2: Microbial processes controlling de novo soil organic matter formation
  • 3: Transformation of organic substrates by microbial communities
  • 4: Microbial-derived soil organic matter in agroecosystems: Pool size and residence time
  • 5: Recommendations
  • 6: Conclusions
  • Acknowledgment
  • References
  • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 422
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: August 4, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323989596
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323989602

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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