Managing Soil Quality: Challenges in Modern Agriculture available in Hardcover
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- CAB International North America
* In-depth treatments of the soil quality concept, its history, and its applicability in research and in developed and developing societies* All 18 chapters are written by well-established experts from Europe, North America and AustraliaSoil quality is a concept that allows soil functions to be related to specific purposes. Managing Soil Quality takes a management oriented approach by identifying key issues in soil quality and management options to enhance the sustainability of modern agriculture. Topics covered include major plant nutrients (N, P, K), soil acidity, soil organic matter, soil biodiversity, soil compaction, erosion, pesticides and urban waste.
Table of Contents
* Soil Quality Management - Concepts and Terms * Soil Quality, Fertility, and Health - Historical Context, Status and Perspectives * Soil Acidity - Resilience and Thresholds * Tightening the Nitrogen Cycle * Phosphorus - Surplus and Deficiency * Sustainable Management of Potassium * Developing and Maintaining Soil Organic Matter Levels * Microbial Diversity in Soil - Effects on Crop Health * Biological Soil Quality from Biomass to Biodiversity - Importance and Resilience to Management Stress and Disturbance * Subsoil Compaction and Ways to Prevent It * Management-Induced Soil Structure Degradation: Organic Matter Depletion and Tillage * Soil Erosion - Processes, Damages and Countermeasures * Recyclable Urban and Industrial Waste - Benefits and Problems in Agricultural Use * Pesticides in Soil: Benefits and Limitations to Soil Health * Systems Approaches for Improving Soil Quality * Implementing Soil Quality Knowledge in Land Use Planning * Soil Quality in Industrialized and Developing Countries: Similarities and Differences * Soil Quality Management - Synthesis