While organic soils have the potential to contribute greatly to agricultural production, the irreversible processes that occur from draining organic soils need to be managed with caution. The wise use of peatlands must include the avoidance of unacceptable ecological effects on the contiguous and global environment. Organic Soils and Peat Materials for Sustainable Agriculture provides detailed information from a worldwide perspective on the degradation process of fragile peat resources used for agriculture. It documents the best management practices and defines and quantifies soil quality indicators and pedo-transfer functions for organic soils and peat materials.
Co-published with the International Peat Society, this reference is the first to integrate the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of organic soils and peat materials for sustainable agriculture and horticulture. It details the principles and indicators behind positive action in sustainable management. The book presents a complete analysis of how peat works chemically, physically, and ecologically. It quantifies the moorsh-forming, or peat degradation, process in tables and figures, provides conversion equations among pH determination methods, and supplies a novel diagnosis of N and P release. In addition, the book revisits water, pesticides, phosphorus, and copper sorption characteristics of organic soils.
The authors provide up-to-date information in order to define quality indicators for the optimum use of organic soils. With detailed information and a global perspective, Organic Soils and Peat Materials for Sustainable Agriculture aims to promote a shift from the current paradigm of input-based unsustainable use to a new knowledge-based approach.
Table of Contents
The Moorsh or Muck Horizons as Quality Indicators of Reclaimed Organic Soils, Henryk Okruszko and Piotr Ilnicki
Irreversible Loss of Organic Soil Functions after Reclamation, Piotr Ilnicki and Jutta Zeitz
Water-Related Physical Attributes of Organic Soils, Tomasz Brandyk, Jan Szatyowicz, Ryszard Oleszczuk, and Tomasz Gnatowski
Quality of Peat Substrates for Plants Grown in Containers, Jean Caron and Louis-Marie Rivière
Soil Acidity Determination Methods for Organic Soils and Peat Materials, Léon E. Parent and Catherine Tremblay
Nitrogen and Phosphorus Balance Indicators in Organic Soils, Léon E. Parent and Lotfi Khiari
Retention of Copper in Cu-Enriched Organic Soils, Antoine Karam, Caroline Côté and Léon E. Parent
Fate of Pesticides in Organic Soils, Josée Fortin
Quality of Organic Soils for Agriculture Use of Cutover Peatlands in Russia, Vera N. Kreshtapova, R.A. Krupnov, and Olga N. Uspenskaya
Agricultural Production Systems for Organic Soil Conservation, Piotr Ilnicki
"The unique nature of this book will make it a must for libraries that serve soil scientists and agricultural researchers, especially those studying wetland soils. While many books cover soil organic matter or Histosols, few focus on peat as a distinct soil type. … Overall, this quality work fills a niche in a large soil or agricultural research collection."
- Journal of Agricultural and Food Information, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2003