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Loess and Loess Geohazards in China

Yanrong Li, Jingui Zhao, Bin Li
November 27, 2017

Loess is a product of aeolian deposition during the Quaternary glaciation cycles and covers approximately 6% of the Earth’s land. The Loess Plateau of China, which is home to a population of nearly three hundred million, has the thickest and most complete loess strata, where loess geohazards occur...

Transport & Fate of Chemicals in Soils: Principles & Applications

H. Magdi Selim
November 22, 2017

During the last four decades, tremendous advances have been made towards the understanding of transport characteristics of contaminants in soils, solutes, and tracers in geological media. Transport & Fate of Chemicals in Soils: Principles & Applications offers a comprehensive treatment of...

Peatland Biogeochemistry and Watershed Hydrology at the Marcell Experimental Forest

Randall Kolka, Stephen Sebestyen, Elon S. Verry, Kenneth Brooks
November 22, 2017

The Marcell Experimental Forest (MEF) in Minnesota serves as a living laboratory and provides scientists with a fundamental understanding of peatland hydrology, acid rain impacts, nutrient and carbon cycling, trace gas emissions, and controls on mercury transport in boreal watersheds. Its important...

Drought, Risk Management, and Policy: Decision-Making Under Uncertainty

Linda Courtenay Botterill, Geoff Cockfield
November 22, 2017

Australia and the United States face very similar challenges in dealing with drought. Both countries cover a range of biophysical conditions, both are federations that provide considerable responsibility to state governments for water and land management, and both face the challenges in balancing...

Mineral Nutrition of Rice

N.K. Fageria
November 15, 2017

The third most important cereal crop after wheat and corn, rice is a staple food for more than half of the world’s population. This includes regions of high population density and rapid growth, indicating that rice will continue to be a major food crop in the next century. Mineral Nutrition of Rice...

Lactic acid fermentation of human excreta for agricultural application

Nadejda Andreev
November 14, 2017

Human excreta is a valuable fertilizer for improving soil quality and crop productivity, with a potential to replace or complement the mineral fertilizers. The main challenges related to human excreta regarding agricultural applications are microbial contamination risks, loss of nutrients, and odor...

Engineering Interventions in Agricultural Processing

Megh R. Goyal, Deepak Kumar Verma
November 10, 2017

Engineering Interventions in Agricultural Processing presents recent advanced research on biological engineering, bioprocessing technologies, and their applications in agricultural food processing, and their applications in agriculture science and agricultural engineering, focusing on biological...

History of Plant Pathology

S.G. Borkar
November 08, 2017

The book History of plant pathology depicts the historical events, discoveries and advancement made in the subject of plant pathology from the ancient era to till date and these are arranged into different eras viz. ancient era, medieval era, pre-modern era, modern era and present era which are...

Robotics and Mechatronics for Agriculture

Dan Zhang, Bin Wei
November 02, 2017

The aim of the book is to introduce the state-of-the-art technologies in the field of robotics, mechatronics and automation in agriculture in order to summarize and review the improvements in the methodologies in agricultural robotics. Advances made in the past decades are described, including...

Ecology and Management of Terrestrial Vertebrate Invasive Species in the United States

William C. Pitt, James Beasley, Gary W. Witmer
October 30, 2017

Vertebrate invasive species are important ecologically, socially, and scientifically throughout much of the globe. However, the interdiction and options for management of invasive species are driven by localized regulation at the country or even state level and thus the management of species must...

Engineering Interventions in Foods and Plants

Deepak Kumar Verma, Megh R. Goyal
October 30, 2017

With contributions from a broad range of leading professors and scientists, this volume focuses on new areas of processing technologies in foods and plants to help meet the increasing food demand of the rapidly growing populations of the world. The first section of the book is devoted to emerging...

Revival: Fractals in Soil Science (1998): Advances in Soil Science

Philippe Baveye, Jean-Yves Parlange, Bobby A. Stewart
October 27, 2017

The application of fractals and fractal geometry in soil science has become increasingly important over the last few years. This self-contained and timely book was designed to provide detailed and comprehensive information on the current status of the application of fractal geometry in soil science...