Managing Groundwater for Irrigated Agriculture: The Relevance of Biodrainage Model

Managing Groundwater for Irrigated Agriculture: The Relevance of Biodrainage Model

by A.S. Kapoor

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Managing Groundwater for Irrigated Agriculture: The Relevance of Biodrainage Model by A.S. Kapoor

In India, farmers loose precious cultivable land due to waterlogging and salinity. To overcome this problem, the groundwater table needs to be managed and kept at a safe depth below the ground surface. The practice of providing sub-surface drainage through pipes and drains pollutes water bodies into which the saline drainage water is discharged. It is, therefore, necessary to find alternative methods that are environment-friendly. Biodrainage through tree plantations can be an option to achieve this. This book describes the prevailing conditions and status of irrigation across the globe. It also presents the relevant aspects of groundwater salinity, plant physiology, and the uptake of water and minerals by crops and trees. Along with recent research studies in India, the book also incorporates a few case studies from different regions of the world. It will be useful for irrigation/drainage engineers, soil scientists, groundwater managers, agro-forestry and ecology planners, and researchers in the field of water and land management.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9788131606247
Publisher: Rawat Publications
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface viii

Acknowledgements x

Overview 1

1 Land and Water Use for Sustainable Irrigated Agriculture 20

2 Salts in Soils and Water 44

3 Plant Mechanism of Absorbing and Transpiring Water 74

4 Mineral Absorption by Plants 106

5 A Case Study on Biodrainage 133

6 Some Other Experiences 157

7 Research Studies in India on Biodrainage during Period 2004-2012 213

8 Principles of Biodrainage Planning and Design 240

9 Status and Comparison of Drainage Methods 272

10 Agro-Forestry and Silviculture 283

11 Biodrainage: Management Aspects 313

Epilogue 337

Index 339

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