Soil Science Books

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Microwave Radiometry of Vegetation Canopies

    Research into microwave radiation from the Earth’s surface in the presence of vegetation canopies, as well as the development of algorithms for retrieval of soil and vegetation parameters from microwave radiometric measurements, have been actively conducted for the last thirty years by many scientific groups and organizations all over the world. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Sociology, Organic Farming, Climate Change and Soil Science

    Sustainable agriculture is a rapidly growing field aiming at producing food and energy in a sustainable way for humans and their children. Sustainable agriculture is a discipline that addresses current issues such as climate change, increasing food and fuel prices, poor-nation starvation, rich-nation obesity, water pollution, soil erosion, ...

  • 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 ...

  • Encyclopedia of Soil Science

    Soil as the basis of civilization, is the most important resource of the solid earth that we use. It is the source of most of our food and fiber, much of our building materials, and the repository of most of our wastes. Over the last 10,000 years we have learned to manipulate it for our purposes to such a degree that our ecological footprint has ...

  • 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 ...

  • Algae and their Biotechnological Potential

    Algae are important organisms that include seaweeds and a number of single-celled and multicellular microscopic forms. Algae are ubiquitous; they inhabit almost everywhere including oceans, freshwater bodies, rocks, soils, and trees. Man's uses of algae may date back to ancient times. In recent decades, there has been renewed interest in the ...

  • Directions in Tropical Agroforestry Research

    The volume contains 10 state-of-the-art reviews of developments in specific areas of tropical agroforestry research during the past two decades, prepared by acknowledged world leaders in the respective topics, following their presentations at a one-day symposium held in connection with the annual meetings of the tri-societies of American ...

  • The Origin of Clay Minerals in Soils and Weathered Rocks

    The importance of clay minerals and their origin is crucial to an understanding of the physico-chemical functions of the interface at the Earth’s surface. Their place is that of contact between the mineral world and the living world, plants and finally mankind. This contact zone is the realm of much of the environment as we see it today. If we can ...

  • Secondary Metabolites in Soil Ecology

    Secondary Metabolites in Soil Ecology focuses on the role of bacterial, fungal and plant secondary metabolites in soil ecosystems. Our understanding of the biological function of secondary metabolites is surprisingly limited, considering our knowledge of their structural diversity and pharmaceutically relevant activities. This volume reviews ...

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