Soil Conditioning Books

  • Aridity

    At the intersection of environmental science and human biology this book deals with dry ecosystems - aridity, droughts, wind and its influence on soils and regulation - the societies affected by these ecosystems, and the inventiveness of those living under these conditions. These environments are the basis of nomad existence, of irrigated ...

  • Biological management of soil ecosystems for sustainable agriculture (En)

    Series: World Soil Resouces ReportsThis report includes a review of current understanding and knowledge of the biological management of soil ecosystems through a set of case studies from different production systems and socio-economic conditions, in the areas of indicators and assessment of soil health, adaptive management and innovative ...

  • Drought-resistant soils. Optimization of soil moisture for sustainable plant production (+ CD-ROM) (English)

    Series: FAO Land and Water BulletinsUnder low and variable rainfall conditions, efficient soil moisture management is a good way for improving water-use efficiency. Recognizing the importance of soil moisture, an electronic conference was organized to identify, describe, discuss and promote actions that will assist farmers to improve water-use ...

  • Iron Nutrition in Soils and Plants

    The current status of the work being carried out throughout the world in the field of iron deficiency in plants is reviewed by research papers and invited lectures on specific topics related to iron deficiency. The book includes chapters reviewing the molecular and biochemical mechanisms elicited by iron deficiency in plants, algae and ...

  • Genesis and Properties of Collapsible Soils

    Collapsing engineering soils are a formidable hazard around the world. These difficult materials also include some of the world's most fertile agricultural soils, fostering dense human populations which are therefore increasingly at risk. Despite an impressive literature on the engineering aspects of collapsing soils, these materials are ...

  • Soil Biology and Agriculture in the Tropics

    The relationships between soils, microbes and humans are of crucial relevance in the tropics, where plant stress and microbial activity are exacerbated. This volume of Soil Biology presents the living component of tropical soils, showing how it is shaped by environmental conditions and emphasizing its dramatic impact on human survival and ...

  • Abiotic Stress Adaptation in Plants

    Environmental insults such as extremes of temperature, extremes of water status as well as deteriorating soil conditions pose major threats to agriculture and food security. Employing contemporary tools and techniques from all branches of science, attempts are being made worldwide to understand how plants respond to abiotic stresses with the aim ...

  • Rhizosphere: Achievements and Challenges

    Described by Hiltner over a century ago (1904), the rhizosphere is defined as the fraction of soil influenced by plant root activities. This dynamic, complex interface where soil, plant roots and microbes interact is a major hotspot of microbial activity, where numerous subtle molecular processes, as well as multiple feedback events take place, ...

  • Bottom Soils, Sediment, and Pond Aquaculture

    This book elucidates the vital but often neglected relationship between bottom soil and water quality. An understanding of this important connection is essential for maintaining water quality within optimum ranges for shrimp and fish. It is the first volume to provide information on topics from soil science essential to pond aquaculture. ...

  • Termites: Evolution, Sociality, Symbioses, Ecology

    The book is a new compendium in which leading termite scientists review the advances of the last 30 years in our understanding of phylogeny, fossil records, relationships with cockroaches, social evolution, nesting, behaviour, mutualisms with archaea, protists, bacteria and fungi, nutrition, energy metabolism,population and community ecology, ...

  • Management of Biological Nitrogen Fixation for the Development of More Productive and Sustainable Agricultural Systems

    The subsistence agriculture of the pre-chemical era efficiently sustained the nitrogen status of soils by maintaining a balance between N loss and N gain from biological nitrogen fixation (BNF): the microbial conversion of atmospheric N to a form usable by plants. This was possible with less intensive cropping, adaptation of rational crop ...

  • Soil-Water-Solute Process Characterization: An Integrated Approach

    The practitioner or researcher often faces complex alternatives when selecting a method to characterize properties governing a soil process. After years of research and development, environmental and agricultural professionals now have an array of methods for characterizing soil processes. Well-established methods, however, may not be suitable for ...

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