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Soil Organic Matter in Sustainable Agriculture

by Fred Magdoff (Editor), Ray R. Weil (Editor)



Editorial Reviews

Review
"All chapters are well illustrated with tables and figures, appropriately
placed, and well provided with extensive references. . This book will be
valuable for agronomists, soil microbiologists, soil scientists,
horticulturists, biologists, and forest soil scientists involved in soil and
plant nutrition, erosion and conservation. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level
undergraduates and above." CHOICE, February 2005, Vo. 42, No. 06 "One of the
strengths of the book is surely the impressive quantity of literature from many
countries published over several decades that was referenceda valuable reference
book for researchers or graduate students interested in an in-depth examination
of the current knowledge about many aspects of soil organic matter and its
importance." - NACTA Journal

All chapters are well illustrated with tables and figures, appropriately placed,
and well provided with extensive references. …. This book will be valuable for
agronomists, soil microbiologists, soil scientists, horticulturists, biologists,
and forest soil scientists involved in soil and plant nutrition, erosion and
conservation. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above.
CHOICE, February 2005, Vo. 42, No. 06

All chapters are well illustrated with tables and figures, appropriately placed,
and well provided with extensive references. …. This book will be valuable for
agronomists, soil microbiologists, soil scientists, horticulturists, biologists,
and forest soil scientists involved in soil and plant nutrition, erosion and
conservation. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above.
CHOICE, February 2005, Vo. 42, No. 06

One of the strengths of the book is surely the impressive quantity of literature
from many countries published over several decades that was referenced…a
valuable reference book for researchers or graduate students interested in an
in-depth examination of the current knowledge about many aspects of soil organic
matter and its importance.
- NACTA Journal

Product Description
Recognition of the importance of soil organic matter (SOM) in soil health and
quality is a major part of fostering a holistic, preventive approach to
agricultural management. Students in agronomy, horticulture, and soil science
need a textbook that emphasizes strategies for using SOM management in the
prevention of chemical, biological, and physical problems.Soil Organic Matter in
Sustainable Agriculture gathers key scientific reviews concerning issues that
are critical for successful SOM management. This textbook contains evaluations
of the types of organic soil constituents-organisms, fresh residues, and
well-decomposed substances. It explores the beneficial effects of organic matter
on soil and the various practices that enhance SOM. Chapters include an
examination of the results of crop management practices on soil organisms,
organic matter gains and losses, the significance of various SOM fractions, and
the contributions of fungi and earthworms to soil quality and crop
growth.Emphasizing the prevention of imbalances that lead to soil and crop
problems, the text also explores the development of soils suppressive to plant
diseases and pests, and relates SOM management to the supply of nutrients to
crops. This book provides the essential scientific background and poses the
challenging questions that students need to better understand SOM and develop
improved soil and crop management systems.

Product Details

Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: CRC; 1 edition (May 27, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0849312949

 

 

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