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Advances in Soil Science


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Advances in Soil Science publishes references in all areas of soil science for everyone interested in the most basic resources and human influence on it. The original series "Advances in Soil Science" was started in 1984, and published unrelated articles in the same volume. The purpose of Advances in Soil Science is to provide a forum for leading scientists to analyze and summarize the available scientific information on a subject, assessing its importance and identifying additional research needs. Most importantly, the contributors will develop principles that have practical applications to both developing and developed agricultures.

The ultimate aim of the series is to stimulate action—action to determine where there are arable soils, action to develop technology for more efficient crop production on these soils, action to reduce the risk of degrading these soil resources, and action to determine on which soils our research efforts should be concentrated. Without such action, the challenges of producing adequate food in the future may simply be too great. By the time the world gets reasonably close to population stability, demand for food and other agricultural products may have to be doubled by 2050 vis-à-vis 2000 because of increase in population and change in dietary preferences.

The books provide technical information for anyone interested in our natural resources and man’s influence on these resources. The reviews are written by leading scientists from many countries, and therefore provide the reader with information from a wide array of conditions. Such information is particularly useful to professionals working in areas with developing agricultures because the reviews summarize and assess the significance of the technical literature.

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Soil and Climate

Soil and Climate

Forthcoming

Rattan Lal, B. A. Stewart
August 30, 2018

Climate is a soil-forming factor and soil can mitigate climate change through a reduction in the emissions of greenhouse gases and sequestration of atmospheric CO2. Thus, there is a growing interest in soil management practices capable of mitigating climate change and enhancing environmental...

Soil Nitrogen Uses and Environmental Impacts

Soil Nitrogen Uses and Environmental Impacts

Rattan Lal, B.A. Stewart
March 23, 2018

Nitrogen (N) is potentially one of the most complex elements on the Earth. It is necessary for all biological activity, but creates negative impacts on water and air quality. There is a balancing act between deficiency and surplus and the forms of N available further complicate our understanding of...

Urban Soils

Urban Soils

Rattan Lal, B. A. Stewart
October 13, 2017

Globally, 30% of the world population lived in urban areas in 1950, 54% in 2016 and 66% projected by 2050. The most urbanized regions include North America, Latin America, and Europe.  Urban encroachment depletes soil carbon and the aboveground biomass carbon pools, enhancing the flux of carbon...

Soil Quality and Biofuel Production

Soil Quality and Biofuel Production

Rattan Lal, B.A. Stewart
June 14, 2017

From its humble beginning in the late 19th century―when Henry Ford’s first car was designed to run on ethanol―biofuel production has been on the rise with more than 26 billion liters produced in the U.S. in 2007. Ethanol made from biomass (rather than grains) holds great promise, including numerous...

Soil Phosphorus

Soil Phosphorus

Rattan Lal, B.A. Stewart
August 26, 2016

Phosphorus is an essential plant nutrient, but global population growth has dramatically reduced the availability of phosphorus fertilizer resources. Despite this scarcity, there remain numerous problems associated with the excessive and inappropriate use of phosphorus leading to non-point source...

Soil-Specific Farming: Precision Agriculture

Soil-Specific Farming: Precision Agriculture

Rattan Lal, B.A. Stewart
August 20, 2015

Faced with challenges of resource scarcity and environmental degradation, it is important to adopt innovative farming systems that maximize resource efficiency while protecting the environment. Soil-Specific Farming: Precision Agriculture focuses on principles and applications of soil-specific...

Soil Management of Smallholder Agriculture

Soil Management of Smallholder Agriculture

Rattan Lal, B.A. Stewart
November 24, 2014

Nearly two billion people depend on hundreds of millions of smallholder farmers for food security. Yet, these farmers’ lives also hang in the balance due to their extreme vulnerability to the risks of soil degradation and depletion, soil exhaustion, climate change, and numerous biotic and abiotic...

Principles of Sustainable Soil Management in Agroecosystems

Principles of Sustainable Soil Management in Agroecosystems

Rattan Lal, B.A. Stewart
June 10, 2013

With the use of high-level soil management technology, Africa could feed several billion people, yet food production has generally stagnated since the 1960s. No matter how powerful the seed technology, the seedling emerging from it can flourish only in a healthy soil. Accordingly, crop yields in...

Soil Water and Agronomic Productivity

Soil Water and Agronomic Productivity

Rattan Lal, B.A. Stewart
June 19, 2012

Crop water use can be increased by management of surface runoff, groundwater, irrigation, and soil water. Technological innovations to enhance availability of water for agricultural crops depend on soil and site-specific conditions. Devoted to the principles and practices of enhancing water use...

World Soil Resources and Food Security

World Soil Resources and Food Security

Rattan Lal, B.A. Stewart
September 13, 2011

Soil—The Basis of All Terrestrial Life Ancient civilizations and cultures—Mayan, Aztec, Mesopotamian, Indus, and Yangtze—were built on good soils, surviving only as long as soils had the capacity to support them. In the twenty-first century, productive soil is still the engine of economic...

Food Security and Soil Quality

Food Security and Soil Quality

Rattan Lal, B.A. Stewart
June 23, 2010

Just five years ago, it was generally believed that the number of food insecure people in the world was on continuous decline. Unfortunately, widespread soil degradation along with resistance to recommended agronomic practices, and little attempt to restore degraded soils have conspired with...

Soil Erosion and Carbon Dynamics

Soil Erosion and Carbon Dynamics

Eric J. Roose, Rattan Lal, Christian Feller, Bernard Barthes, B.A. Stewart
December 09, 2005

The most complete, nonpartisan source of information on this hot agronomic topic available today, this book brings together a diverse group of papers and data to resolve the debate between sedimentologists and soil scientists and agronomists over whether the effects of soil erosion on carbon and...

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