Advances in Agronomy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124171879, 9780124171527

Advances in Agronomy, Volume 122

1st Edition

Serial Editors: Donald Sparks
eBook ISBN: 9780124171527
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124171879
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 12th July 2013
Page Count: 276
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Table of Contents

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Chapter One. Micronutrient Constraints to Crop Production in the Middle East–West Asia Region: Significance, Research, and Management


1 Introduction

2 Middle East–West Asia: An Overview

3 Soil Factors and Micronutrient Behavior

4 Micronutrient Disorders: Diagnosis Approaches

5 Micronutrient Research: Significance, Soil Behavior, and Crop Responses

6 Managing Micronutrient Deficiencies

7 Future Research Needs

8 Conclusions



Chapter Two. Assessment and Modeling of Soil Available Phosphorus in Sustainable Cropping Systems


1 Introduction

2 Phosphorus in Agricultural Soils

3 Soil Available Phosphorus Measurements

4 Modeling Soil Available Phosphorus

5 Conclusions and Future Work


Chapter Three. Wien Effect in Suspensions and Its Application in Soil Science: A Review


1 Introduction

2 Fundamentals of Wien Effect

3 Stripping Intensity of Ions Adsorbed on Surfaces of Soil Particles

4 Dissociation Degree of Ions Adsorbed on Surfaces of Soil Particles

5 Binding Energies of Ions to Soil Particles

6 Adsorption Energies of Ions to Soil Particles

7 Concluding Remarks and Future Research Needs



Chapter Four. Genetic Diversity for Wheat Improvement as a Conduit to Food Security


1 Introduction

2 Distribution of Genetic Diversity

3 Wheat Improvement

4 Wide Crosses: The Need, the Products, and Anticipated Impacts to Address Food Security

5 Wheat Grain Quality and Genetic Resources

6 Alien Genes in Wheat Germplasm and Translocation Categories

7 Elucidation of Some Recombination Studies (Summarized in Table 4.1)

8 Screening Alien species for Rust Resistance

9 Addition Line Production

10 Some General Considerations

11 Some Ongoing Studies and the Way Forward Strategy with Alien Resources

12 Some Concerns

13 Conclusions


Further Reading



Advances in Agronomy continues to be recognized as a leading reference and a first-rate source for the latest research in agronomy. As always, the subjects covered are varied and exemplary of the myriad of subject matter dealt with by this long-running serial.

Key Features

  • Maintains the highest impact factor among serial publications in agriculture
  • Presents timely reviews on important agronomy issues
  • Enjoys a long-standing reputation for excellence in the field


Professionals, researchers, students, and government involved in agronomy, crop & soil sciences, plant science, and environmental sciences


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About the Serial Editors

Donald Sparks Serial Editor

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