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Advances in Organic Farming - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128223581

Advances in Organic Farming

1st Edition

Agronomic Soil Management Practices

Editors: Vijay Meena Sunita Meena Amitava Rakshit Johnson Stanley Srinivasa Rao
Paperback ISBN: 9780128223581
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st August 2021
Page Count: 300
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Advances in Organic Farming: Agronomic Soil Management Practices focuses on the integrated interactions between soil-plant-microbe-environment elements in a functioning ecosystem. It explains sustainable nutrient management under organic farming and agriculture, with chapters focusing on the role of nutrient management in sustaining global ecosystems, the remediation of polluted soils, conservation practices, degradation of pollutants, biofertilizers and biopesticides, critical biogeochemical cycles, potential responses for current and impending environmental change, and other critical factors. Organic farming is both challenging and exciting, as its practice of “feeding the soil, not the plant” provides opportunity to better understand why some growing methods are preferred over others.

In the simplest terms, organic growing is based on maintaining a living soil with a diverse population of micro and macro soil organisms. Organic matter (OM) is maintained in the soil through the addition of compost, animal manure, green manures and the avoidance of excess mechanization.

Key Features

  • Presents a comprehensive overview of recent advances and new developments in the field OF research within a relevant theoretical framework
  • Highlights the scope of the inexpensive and improved management practices
  • Focuses on the role of nutrient management in sustaining the ecosystems


Academics and R&D professionals in industries related with Agronomy/ Agronomic Soil Science/Biocontrol/ Plant pathology/ Agricultural biotechnology

Table of Contents

  1. Concept and global scenario of organic farming
    2. Soil fertility in organic farming
    3. Microbial community structure in organic farming and management
    4. Microbial biostimulants under organic farming management
    5. Conservative agricultural practices (CAPs) under organic farming
    6. Role of unculturable microbes in organic farming production
    7. Remediation of salt affected soils through microbes to promote organic farming
    8. Organic plant nutrient, protection and production management
    9. Towards the soil micronutrient availability under organic farming
    10. Biofertilizers and biopesticides in organic farming
    11. Towards the mitigation of biotic and abiotic stress through plant growth promoting rhizobacteria
    12. Organic farming with management software
    13. Outlooks of nanotechnology in organic farming management
    14. Towards the quality and healthy organic production system
    15. Organic oilseed production
    16. Organic vegetable production and its impact on soil, environment and society
    17. Towards the organic product certification


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About the Editors

Vijay Meena

Vijay Singh Meena is currently working as a soil scientist in the ICAR-Vivekananda Institute of Hill Agriculture, Almora, Uttarakhand. He obtained his B.Sc. (AG.) from SKRAU, Bikaner, Rajasthan, M.Sc. (AG.) and Ph.D. (AG.) with specialization in Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry from Banaras Hindu University (The Capital of Knowledge), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. He has completed vital work on potassium-solubilizing microbes, soil biological fertility, rhizospheric chemistry, and conservation agriculture, and has published more than 30 original research articles in national and international peer-reviewed journals. In addition, he has published four books and eleven book chapters.

Affiliations and Expertise

ICAR-Vivekananda Institute of Hill Agriculture, Almora, Uttarakhand

Sunita Meena

Sunita Kumari Meena, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor (Soil Science) at the Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University, Pusa-Samastipur (Bihar), India. She served as a research scholar at both Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) and at ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute in New Delhi and received several fellowships and awards based on her work in soil science. She has published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, Ecological Engineering, Scientia Horticulturae, Environmental Science and Pollution Research and Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology as well as contributing chapters to books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University, Pusa-Samastipur (Bihar), India

Amitava Rakshit

Dr. Amitava Rakshit is a faculty member of the Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry at the Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University. His research areas include nutrient use efficiency, simulations modelling, organic farming, integrated nutrient management, and bioremediation. His consulting capabilities are composting techniques, soil health management, and input quality control. He is actively involved in training and disseminating technical knowledge and information to diversified end users. He has supervised approximately seven research projects, many in partnership with industry bodies. He is widely acknowledged for his skills in linking research with the broader community in regional languages. He is currently the Chief Editor of the International Journal of Agriculture Environment and Biotechnology. He is a member of the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition of FAO, Rome, and the Commission on Ecosystem Management of International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University (IAS, BHU)

Johnson Stanley

Dr. Stanley was born on 8th October, 1980 at Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, India. He is graduated in Agriculture from Agricultural College and Research Institute, Killikulam and did his M.Sc and Ph.D in Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. He joined Agricultural Research Service (ARS 2005) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi in 2008 and currently working as Senior Scientist (Agricultural Entomology) in ICAR-VPKAS, Almora, Uttarakhand. He is working on the integrated management of agricultural pests especially using bioagents and pheromones. He is also working on pesticide toxicity to non-target organisms i.e, biocontrol agents and other beneficial insects/ organisms. He is also working on pollinator management. He has successfully completed four research projects and five projects are currently being handled including projects of FAO, DST, NASF etc. He has published more than 40 research papers, 3 books and 6 book chapters. He has filed three patents and two of his technologies are commercialized for mass production and use.

Affiliations and Expertise

ICAR-VPKAS, Almora, Uttarakhand

Srinivasa Rao

Born in Anigandlapadu, Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh on 4 October 1965. Educated at ZP High School, Anigandlapadu, 1975-80; SGS College Jaggaiahpet, 1980-82; Agricultural College, Bapatla, 1982-88; Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, 1988-92; Tel-Aviv University, Israel, 1998-99; B.Sc (Ag) 1982; M.Sc(Ag) 1988; Ph.D 1992; Post-Doctoral 1999. Dr. Rao is currently working as a Director, ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, before that he has served as a Scientist, Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal, 1992-98; Senior Scientist, Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur and Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad, 1998-2006; Principal Scientist, 2006-13 and Project Coordinator, All India Coordinated Research Project for Dryland Agriculture, Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad (CRIDA), Hyderabad, 2013-14; Deputation to International Crop Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics, Patancheru, 2006-2008; Director, ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad, 2014-17.

Affiliations and Expertise

ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad

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