Soil Fertility Books

  • Scaling soil nutrient balances. Enabling mesolevel applications for African realities (En)

    Series: FAO Fertilizer and Plant Nutrition BulletinsUsing data on three countries in sub-Saharan Africa, this report compares macro- and microlevel approaches to determine soil nutrient balances with an innovative mesolevel approach. It highlights the added value that a mesolevel approach can provide in terms of its usefulness to mesolevel ...

  • Plant nutrition for food security. A guide for integrated nutrient management (English)

    Series: FAO Fertilizer and Plant Nutrition BulletinsFood security is a major global concern. It depends to a considerable extent on efficient plant nutrition. Extensive information on various aspects of plant nutrition has been generated in the recent past. However, this information remains scattered in several publications. This bulletin provides ...

  • Grassland Invertebrates

    Grasslands comprise more than a quarter of the Earth's land surface. In addition to supporting a wide range of vertebrates such as domestic livestock and a variety of games species, grassland is the natural habitat for a wide range of invertebrate species, and this book considers those which occur in grassland and their impact on soil ...

  • 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 ...

  • Multiple Stressors: A Challenge for the Future

    This workshop proceedings aims to address the complex issue of multiple stressors (pollutants) in the environment. This is becoming a major issue now that virtually every region of the world is polluted. This is true even of 'pristine' arctic environments where there are no humans, because chemicals and radiation circulate globally, do not respect ...

  • Cool-Season Forage and Warm-Season (C4) Grasses Set

    Save! Buy the two-book set at additional savings! This set provide a complete grass reference for the classroom, practitioners, crop and soil scientists, ornamental horticulturists, turf specialists, and ...

  • Amazonian Dark Earths: Wim Sombroek´s Vision

    Amazonian soils are almost universally thought of as extremely forbidding. However, it is now clear that complex societies with large, sedentary populations were present for over a millennium before European contact. Associated with these are tracts of anomalously fertile, dark soils termed ‘terra preta’ or dark earths. These soils are presently ...

  • Multiple Stressors: A Challenge for the Future

    This workshop proceedings aims to address the complex issue of multiple stressors (pollutants) in the environment. This is becoming a major issue now that virtually every region of the world is polluted. This is true even of 'pristine' arctic environments where there are no humans, because chemicals and radiation circulate globally, do not respect ...

  • Soil fertility management in support of food security in sub-Saharan Africa (En)

    Series: Non-series TitlesThis publication reviews issues related to land degradation, with focus on problems of soil fertility management in sub-Saharan Africa. It highlights some successful experiences in the region, constraints and possible solutions specific to the major agro-ecological zones and the importance of the holistic and participatory ...

  • Plant Ecology, Herbivory, and Human Impact in Nordic Mountain Birch Forests

    The successful long-term sustainable management of forests is dependent on our knowledge of their history, present state, and responses to changing environmental conditions. In this light, the text evaluates the Nordic mountain birch ecosystem with examples from different sites in the Nordic countries and Scotland.The authors analyse vegetation ...

  • Amazonian Dark Earths

    Amazonian Dark Earths are not only a testament to the vanished civilizations of the Amazon Basin, but may provide the answer to how the large, sophisticated societies were able to sustain intensive agriculture in an environment with mostly infertile soils. Locally known as Terra Preta de Indio or Indian black earth, these anomalous soils are even ...

  • Sustaining Soil Fertility in West Africa

    Food security in West Africa is challenged by complex issues, including rapid population growth, exploitation of nonrenewable resources, and chronic low soil fertility, but in this text experts from world agricultural institutions share their work to provide solutions. Topics covered include soil microorganisms and organic matter, indigenous ...

  • Principles of Plant Nutrition

    This is the 5th edition of a well-established book Principles of Plant Nutrition which was first published in 1978. The same format is maintained as in previous editions with the primary aim of the authors to consider major processes in soils and plants that are of relevance to plant nutrition.This new edition gives an up-to-date account 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 ...

  • Managing Organic Matter in Tropical Soils: Scope and Limitations

    Soil organic matter is a reservoir for plant nutrients, provides water-holding capacity, stabilizes soil structure against compaction and erosion, and thus determines soil productivity. All agriculture to some degree depends on soil organic matter. It has long been known that soil organic matter declines when land is taken into cultivation, and ...

  • 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 ...

  • Nutrients on the Move: Soil Fertility Dynamics in African Farming Systems

    This paper analyses the soil fertility management practices employed by farmers in the Meket district of North Wollo, Ethiopia. The environment is severely degraded, and people have to cope with frequent droughts and chronic food insecurity. As many households do not own any livestock, the only option left to poorer farmers is to migrate in search ...

  • Peatland Forestry

    The book provides a review and synthesis of boreal mire ecosystems including peat soil properties, mire hydrology, carbon and nutrient cycling, and classification of mire sites. The emphasis, however, is on peatland forests as a renewable natural resource. The approach originated in northern Europe, because there, especially in Finland, ...

  • World Resources 2002-2004 : Decisions for the Earth : Balance, Voice, and Power

    World Resources 2002-2004 examines how we make environmental decisions and who makes them, which is the process of environmental goverance. The report argues that better environmental goverence is one of the most direct routes to fairer and more sustainable use of natural resources. Decisions made with greater participation and greater knowledge ...

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