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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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World Soil Resources and Food Security

World Soil Resources and Food Security

1st Edition

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...

Soil Erosion and Carbon Dynamics

Soil Erosion and Carbon Dynamics

1st Edition

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...

Soil Processes and the Carbon Cycle

Soil Processes and the Carbon Cycle

1st Edition

Rattan Lal, John M. Kimble, Ronald F. Follett, B.A. Stewart
November 25, 1997

World soils contain about 1500 gigatons of organic carbon. This large carbon reserve can increase atmospheric concentrations of CO2 by soil misuse or mismanagement, or it can reverse the 'greenhouse' effect by judicious land use and proper soil management. Soil Processes and the Carbon Cycle...

Methods for Assessment of Soil Degradation

Methods for Assessment of Soil Degradation

1st Edition

Rattan Lal, Winfried E. H. Blum, C. Valentin, B.A. Stewart
September 26, 1997

Soil degradation has serious global impacts on agronomic, economic, and sociopolitical conditions, however, statistics regarding the degree of these impacts has been largely unreliable. This book aims to standardize the methodology for obtaining reliable and objective data on soil degradation. It...

Structure and Organic Matter Storage in Agricultural Soils

Structure and Organic Matter Storage in Agricultural Soils

1st Edition

M.R. Carter, B.A. Stewart
October 23, 1995

Soils comprise the largest pool of terrestrial carbon and therefore are an important component of carbon storage in the biosphere-atmosphere system. Structure and Organic Matter Storage in Agricultural Soils explores the mechanisms and processes involved in the storage and sequestration of carbon...

Soil Structure: Its Development and Function

Soil Structure: Its Development and Function

1st Edition

B.A. Stewart, K.H. Hartge
June 13, 1995

Soil Structure offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of soil structure and its relevance to wide ranging investigations in environmental sciences. Topics covered in Soil Structure include soil structure determination, soil fabric genesis and functions, strength and stress distribution,...

Soil Management and Greenhouse Effect

Soil Management and Greenhouse Effect

1st Edition

John M. Kimble, Elissa R. Levine, B.A. Stewart
March 23, 1995

Soil Management and Greenhouse Effect focuses on proper management of soils and its effects on global change, specifically, the greenhouse effect. It contains up-to-date information on a broad range of important soil management topics, emphasizing the critical role of soil for carbon storage....

Soils and Global Change

Soils and Global Change

1st Edition

John M. Kimble, Elissa R. Levine, B.A. Stewart
March 23, 1995

The pedosphere - the thin mantel of soil on the earth's surface - plays a potentially crucial role in climate and climate change . The carbon storage of soils is the second largest in the biosphere, making the dynamics of soil organic carbon an important issue that must be understood if we are to...

Soil Management: Experimental Basis for Sustainability and Environmental Quality

Soil Management: Experimental Basis for Sustainability and Environmental Quality

1st Edition

B.A. Stewart
March 09, 1995

The experiments and experiences discussed in Soil Management carefully document crop production systems with well-defined boundaries. These long-term agronomic trials provide a valuable data resource that has, until now, been largely ignored by both the research community and the sustainability...

Interacting Processes in Soil Science

Interacting Processes in Soil Science

1st Edition

R.J. Wagenet, Philippe Baveye, B.A. Stewart
October 05, 1992

Interacting Processes in Soil Science focuses on coupled processes in soil. Topics covered in this important volume include the effects of inorganic salts upon water flow, modeling of sorption, transport and transformation of organic solutes, and the effects of microorganisms on silicate clay...

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