Solute Movement in the Rhizosphere / Edition 2

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This is a completely revised edition of the previously titled Solute Movement in the Soil-Root System. It describes in detail how plant nutrients and other solutes move in the soil in response to plant uptake, and it provides a basis for understanding processes in the root zone so that they can be modeled realistically in order to predict the effects of variations in natural conditions or our own practices.

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"The book contains a wealth of quantitative information in the form of tables and figures on the processes of solute movement and plant nutrient uptake. ... a valuable reference for senior university students and other scientists engaged in research on solute movement, plant nutrition, rhizosphere processes, and crop growth."—Journal of Environmental Quality, American Society of Agronomy

"The book remains rigorous in its attention to the mechanistic details of the biophysical and biochemical processes, and their mathematical description. Yet despite this analytical vigor, the text is easily read by those not mathematically adept. This is complemented by the uncluttered diagrams which make for easy interpretation. ... if you want one book that clearly describes and critically reviews our current understanding of solute movement in the rhizosphere, then this is it."—Soil Science

Oxford scientist Tinker (plant sciences) and Nye (soil science) describe in detail how plant nutrients and other solutes move in the soil in response to leaching and plant uptake, taking into account plants in isolation, crops, mixtures of crops, and natural communities. Their goal is to understand processes in the rhizosphere so fully that they can model them realistically and predict the effects of variations in natural conditions or in human practices. They confess to falling short of that goal, but think they have at least of found a likely path toward it. Retaining the general approach of their 1977 they incorporate subsequent research by expanding the eight chapters to eleven and updating much of the other material. Most of the mechanisms they describe have been worked out for the major nutrient elements, which were the earliest to be studied, but should be applicable with some modification to other solutes, both beneficial and harmful. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195124927
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Series: Topics in Sustainable Agronomy Series
  • Edition description: 2 ED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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both at Oxford University
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Table of Contents

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1. Introduction
2. Soil and Plant Water
3. Solute Interchange between Solid, Liquid, and Gas Phases in the Soil
4. Local Movement of Solutes in Soil
5. The Uptake Properties of the Root System
6. Solute Transport in the Soil near Root Surfaces
7. Chemical and Physical Modification of the Rhizosphere
8. Microbiological Modification of the Rhizosphere
9. Root System Architecture, Density, and Measurement
10. The Mineral Nutrition of Single Plants in Soil
11. Solute Transport and Crop Growth Models in the Field

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