Soil Science Books

  • Guidelines for soil description. Fourth edition (En)

    Soils are affected by human activities, such as industrial, municipal and agriculture, that often result in soil degradation and loss. In order to prevent soil degradation and to rehabilitate the potentials of degraded soils, reliable soil data are the most important prerequisites for the design of appropriate land-use systems and soil management ...

  • Integrated irrigation and aquaculture in West Africa. Concepts, practices and potential (English)

    This volume contains background documents and papers presented at the FAO-WARDA Workshop on Integrated Irrigation Aquaculture (IIA) held in Bamako, Mali, from 4 to 7 November 2003, as well as the findings of FAO expert missions on IIA in the West Africa region. The rationale for IIA development lies in its potential to increase productivity of ...

  • Challenges of Water Scarcity : A Business Case for Financial Institutions.

    Includes : Preliminary Findings. This report builds largely on the need to engage with the financial sector in dealing with water related challenges, by providing a basic set of risk drivers linked to water scarcity, which can serve as a platform for identifying potential investment opportunities for mitigation, contributing to water ...

  • Importance of soil organic matter, (The). Key to drought-resistant soil and sustained food production (English)

    Series: FAO Soils BulletinsSoil organic matter - the product of on-site biological decomposition - affects the chemical and physical properties of the soil and its overall health. Its composition and breakdown rate affect: the soil structure and porosity; the water infiltration rate and moisture holding capacity of soils; the diversity and ...

  • Chemical Processes in Soils

    Soil - perfect home for the actual and figurative roots of all life, source of life-essential chemical elements, recycler of water and carbon, cleanser of ecosystems. A thorough understanding of the chemical and biological processes taking place within the soil is critical for those studying or working in the agricultural, ecological, ...

  • Roots and Soil Management: Interactions between Roots and the Soil

    Readers will discover root-soil interactions and how to use them to manage the quality and productivity of our soils. Ranging from those identifiable from a moving vehicle, to those only elucidated with powerful molecular tools, the rhizosphere is examined by 28 authors in three sections: Macro-scale-- Learn the four classes of root that deal with ...

  • Economics of soil productivity in sub-Saharan Africa, (The) (En)

    Series: Non-series titlesThe increased degradation and declining fertility of sub-Saharan African soils have been recognized as critical factors in food security and poverty alleviation. This study examines the current and potential role of economic in soil productivity in sub-Saharan Africa. After examining the status of soil productivity and the ...

  • Lubrication in Inland and Coastal Water Activities

    This book describes successful experiences of many companies, institutions and individual users in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Spain, that are willing to apply 'bio'lubricants in their equipment and ready to monitor the effects. Their experiences are summarized in useful tips that help the potential user to realize a successful ...

  • Unlocking the water potential of agriculture (En)

    Series: Non-series TitlesAll statistical evidence confirms that agriculture is the key sector for water management, now and in the next decades. Nevertheless, the rural water development sector fails at present to get priority, compared to other competing sectors, in international fora. Strong and new arguments are needed to bring rural water back ...

  • Glossary of Soil Science Terms, 2001 Edition

    More than 1800 terms are included in this newly revised glossary. Subject matter includes soil physics, soil chemistry, soil biology and biochemistry, pedology, soil and water management and conservation, forest and range soils, nutrient management and soil and plant analysis, mineralogy, wetland soils, and soils and environmental quality. Two ...

  • Experiences of Farmer Participation in Soil Fertility Research in Southern Zimbabwe

    This working paper discusses the impact of a multi-institutional research programme in low potential areas of Kenya. The programme elaborated nutrient balances, combined with economic analysis, to better understand causes and effects of soil fertility decline. Alongside, better soil fertility management practices were developed using a ...

  • Symposium on Applied Radiation and Radioisotope Test Methods

    Twelve papers cover potential uses for radioisotopes in testing procedures. Such topics as ring wear, grain boundary studies, soil testing, cement testing and testing of organic materials are ...

  • An Introduction to Agroforestry

    This college-level textbook summarizes the state of current knowledge in the rapidly expanding field of agroforestry. The book, organized into 25 chapters in six sections, reviews the developments in agroforestry during the past 15 years and describes the accomplishments in the application of biophysical (plant and soil related) and ...

  • The Rhizobiaceae

    This book gives a comprehensive overview of our present molecular biological knowledge about the Rhizobiaceae, which currently can be called the best studied family of soil bacteria. For many centuries they have attracted the attention of scientists because of their capacity to associate with plants and as a consequence also to specifically ...

  • The Soils of Israel

    Eleven chapters present a concise description of the soils of Israel, including their distribution, chemical, physical mineralogical characteristics and agricultural attributes. On the background of the various soil-forming factors such as climate, lithology and physiography the pathways of their formation is discussed. Based on the relationships ...

  • Porous Media: Theory and Experiments

    The volume contains a collection of contributions presented at the Euromech Colloquium 366. The Euromech Colloquium 366, organized by the editor, was held in Essen from June 23-28, 1997. The Colloquium provided a forum for presentation of new scientific results and ideas in the major areas of contemporary research in the field of porous ...

  • Plant-Induced Soil Changes: Processes and Feedbacks

    This book by soil scientists and ecologists reviews how and why plants influence soils. Topics include effects on mineral weathering, soil structure, and soil organic matter and nutrient dynamics, case studies of soil-plant interactions in specific biomes and of secondary chemicals influencing nutrient cycling, the rhizosphere, and potential ...

  • Boron in Plant and Animal Nutrition

    This book comprises the contributions of the international workshop Boron 2001 which was aimed at gathering all relevant information on recent developments in boron research in soils, plants, animal and men over the past years. Review articles and original contributions deal with both applied and basic aspects in this area, comprising topics ...

  • Modelling water and nutrient dynamics in soil-crop systems

    Soil-crop-atmosphere interactions play a central role in the multiple functions of rural landscapes. Agro-ecosystem models are increasingly used to support decision making on different scales towards sustainable land use and management.This is accompanied by a demand of model users for model validation to get an idea about the reliability of ...

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