Biological Approaches to Sustainable Soil Systems

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Overview

Global agriculture is now at the crossroads. The Green Revolution of the last century is losing momentum. Rates of growth in food production are now declining, with land and water resources becoming scarcer, while world population continues to grow. We need to continue to identify and share the knowledge that will support successful and sustainable agriculture systems. These depend crucially on soil.

Gaining international attention, Dr. Uphoff's efforts to promote and develop sustainable agriculture was recently featured in the N.Y. Times

Led by Norman Uphoff, internationally renowned for his proactive approach to world hunger, this volume brings together 102 experts representing 28 nations and multiple disciplines to report on achievements in sustainable soil-system management. While accepting some continuing role for chemical and other external inputs, this book presents ways in which crops can be produced cost effectively in greater abundance with lessened dependence on the exogenous resources that have driven the expansion of agriculture in the past.

Including the work of both researchers and practitioners, this important volume -

· Explores soil systems in a variety of climate conditions

· Discusses the importance of symbiotic relationships between plants and soil organisms, looking at crops as integral and interdependent participants in ecosystems

· Seeks to reduce the distance between scientific research and technical practice

· Examines related considerations such as pest and disease control, climate change, fertility restoration, and uses of monitoring and modeling

With 50 self-contained chapters, this work provides researchers, practitioners, and policy makers with a comprehensive understanding of the science and steps needed to utilize soil systems for the long-term benefit of humankind.

For information on the SRI, System of Rice Intensification being developed by Uphoff and others, go to http://ciifad.cornell.edu/sri/

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Table of Contents

Overview

Understanding the Functioning and Management of Soil Systems; Norman Uphoff, Andrew S. Ball, Erick C.M. Fernandes, Hans Herren, Olivier Husson, Cheryl Palm, Jules Pretty, Nteranya Sanginga, Janice E. Thies
Soil System Management in the Humid and Subhumid Tropics; Ana Primavesi
Soil System Management in Temperate Regions; G. Philip Robertson, A. Stuart Grandy
Soil System Management under Arid and Semi-Arid Conditions; Richard J. Thomas, Hanadi El-Dessougi, Ashraf Tubeileh

Soil Agents and Processes

The Soil Habitat and Soil Ecology; Thies, Julie M. Grossman
Energy Inputs in Soil Systems; Ball
The Rhizosphere: Contributions of the Soil – Root Interface to Sustainable Soil Systems; Volker Römheld, Günter Neumann
The Natural Rhizobium – Cereal Crop Association as an Example of Plant – Bacteria Interaction; Frank B. Dazzo, Youssef G. Yanni
The Roles of Arbuscular Mycorrihizas in Plant and Soil Health; Mitiku Habte
Moving Up within the Food Web: Protozoa and Nematodes; Gregor W. Yeates, Tony Pattison
Soil Fauna Impacts on Soil Physical Properties; Elisée Oué draogo, Abdoulaye Mando, Lijbert Brussaard
Biological Nitrogen Fixation in Agroecosystems and in Plant Roots; Robert M. Boddey, Bruno J.R. Alves, Veronica M. Reis, Segundo Urquiaga
Enhancing Phosphorus Availability in Low-Fertility Soils; Benjamin L. Turner, Emmanuel Frossard, Astrid Oberson
Phytohormones: Microbial Production and Applications; Azeem Khalid, Muhammad Arshad, Zahir Ahmad Zahir
Crop Genetic Responses to Management: Evidence of Root – Shoot Communication; Autar K. Mattoo, Aref Abdul-Baki
Allelopathy and Its Influence in Soil Systems; Suzette R. Bezuidenhout, Mark Laing
Animals as Part of Soil Systems; Alice N. Pell

Strategies and Methods

Integrated Soil Fertility Management in Africa: From Knowledge to Implementation; Bernard Vanlauwe, Joshua J. Ramisch, Nteranya Sanginga
Managing Soil Fertility and Nutrient Cycles through Fertilizer Trees in Southern Africa; Paramu L. Mafongoya, Elias Kuntashula, Gudeta Sileshi
Biological Soil Fertility Management for Tree-Crop Agroforestry; Götz Schroth, Ulrike Krauss
Restoring Productivity to Degraded Pasture Lands in the Amazon through Agroforestry Practices; Fernandes, Elisa Wandelli, Rogerio Perin, Silas Garcia
Direct-Seeded Tropical Soil Systems with Permanent Soil Cover: Learning from Brazilian Experience; Lucien Séguy, Serge Bouzinac, Husson
Restoration of Acid Soil Systems through Agroecological Management; Husson, Séguy, Roger Michellon, Stéphane Boulakia
Conservation Agriculture and Its Applications in South Asia; Peter Hobbs, Raj Gupta, Craig Meisner
Managing Soil Fertility on Small Family Farms in African Drylands; Michael Mortimore
Restoring Soil Fertility in Semi-Arid West Africa: Assessment of an Indigenous Technology; Mando, Dougbedji Fatondji, Robert Zougmoré, Brussaard, Charles L. Bielders, Christopher Martius
Leguminous Biological Nitrogen Fixation in Sustainable Tropical Agroecosystems; Robert M. Boddey, Alves, Urquiaga
Soil Biological Contributions to the System of Rice Intensification; Robert Randriamiharisoa, Joeli Barison, Uphoff
Contributions of Managed Fallows to Soil Fertility Recovery; Erika Styger, Fernandes
Green Manure/Cover Crops for Recuperating Soils and Maintaining Soil Fertility in the Tropics; Roland Bunch
Compost and Vermicompost as Amendments Promoting Soil Health; Allison L.H. Jack, Thies
Practical Applications of Bacterial Biofertilizers and Biostimulators; Rafael Martinez Viera, Bernardo Dibut Alvarez
Inoculation and Management of Mycorrhizal Fungi within Tropical Agroecosystems; Ramon Rivera, Felix Fernandez
Trichoderma: An Ally in the Quest for Soil System Sustainability; Brendon Neumann, Laing
Evaluation of Crop Production Systems Based on Locally Available Biological Inputs; O.P. Rupela, C.L.L. Gowda, S.P. Wani, Hameeda Bee
Bio-Char Soil Management on Highly Weathered Soils in the Humid Tropics; Johannes Lehmann, Marco Rondon
Improving Phosphorus Fertility in Tropical Soils through Biological Interventions; Astrid Oberson, Else K. Bünemann, Dennis K. Friesen, Idupulapati M. Rao, Paul C. Smithson, Benjamin L. Turne, Emmanuel Frossard
Profile Modification as a Means of Soil Improvement: Promoting Root Health through Deep Tillage; Nico Labuschagne, Deon Joubert
Rhizosphere Management as Part of Intercropping and Rice–Wheat Rotation Systems; Liu Xuejun, Li Long, Zhang Fusuo
Managing Polycropping to Enhance Soil System Productivity: A Case Study from Africa; Zeyaur Khan, Ahmed Hassanali, John Pickett

Related Issues

Effects of Soil and Plant Management on Crop Pests and Diseases; Alain Ratnadass, Michellon, Richard Randriamanantsoa, Séguy
Revegetating Inert Soils with the Use of Microbes; Gail Papli, Laing
Impacts of Climate on Soil Systems and of Soil Systems on Climate; Rattan Lal
Economic and Policy Contexts for the Biological Management of Soil Fertility; Sara J. Scherr
Village-Level Production and Use of Biocontrol Agents and Biofertilizers; B. Selvamukilan, R. Rengalakshmi, P. Tamizoli, Sudha Nair
Measuring and Assessing Soil Biological Properties; Thies
Approaches to Monitoring Soil Systems; David Wolfe
Modeling Possibilities for the Assessment of Soil Systems; Ball, Diego De la Rosa
Opportunities for Overcoming Productivity Constraints with Biologically-Based Approaches; Uphoff
Issues for More Sustainable Soil System Management; Uphoff, Ball, Fernandes, Herren, Husson, Palm, Pretty, Sanginga, Thies

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