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Advances in Soil Science


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Advances in Soil Science publishes references in all areas of soil science for everyone interested in the most basic resources and human influence on it. The original series "Advances in Soil Science" was started in 1984, and published unrelated articles in the same volume. The purpose of Advances in Soil Science is to provide a forum for leading scientists to analyze and summarize the available scientific information on a subject, assessing its importance and identifying additional research needs. Most importantly, the contributors will develop principles that have practical applications to both developing and developed agricultures.

The ultimate aim of the series is to stimulate action—action to determine where there are arable soils, action to develop technology for more efficient crop production on these soils, action to reduce the risk of degrading these soil resources, and action to determine on which soils our research efforts should be concentrated. Without such action, the challenges of producing adequate food in the future may simply be too great. By the time the world gets reasonably close to population stability, demand for food and other agricultural products may have to be doubled by 2050 vis-à-vis 2000 because of increase in population and change in dietary preferences.

The books provide technical information for anyone interested in our natural resources and man’s influence on these resources. The reviews are written by leading scientists from many countries, and therefore provide the reader with information from a wide array of conditions. Such information is particularly useful to professionals working in areas with developing agricultures because the reviews summarize and assess the significance of the technical literature.

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The Soil-Human Health-Nexus

The Soil-Human Health-Nexus

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Rattan Lal
December 21, 2020

The term "soil health" refers to the functionality of a soil as a living ecosystem capable of sustaining plants, animals, and humans while also improving the environment. In addition to soil health, the environment also comprises the quality of air, water, vegetation, and biota. The health of soil,...

Soil and Fertilizers Managing the Environmental Footprint

Soil and Fertilizers: Managing the Environmental Footprint

1st Edition

Rattan Lal
May 28, 2020

Soil and Fertilizers: Managing the Environmental Footprint presents strategies to improve soil health by reducing the rate of fertilizer input while maintaining high agronomic yields. It is estimated that fertilizer use supported nearly half of global births in 2008. In a context of potential food...

Soil Degradation and Restoration in Africa

Soil Degradation and Restoration in Africa

1st Edition

Rattan Lal, B. A. Stewart
July 18, 2019

Soil degradation is a widespread problem in Africa resulting in decreased agricultural productivity while demand for food continues to increase. Degradation is caused by accelerated erosion, acidification, contamination, depletion of soil organic matter and plant nutrients, and salinization. The ...

Food Security and Soil Quality

Food Security and Soil Quality

1st Edition

Rattan Lal, B.A. Stewart
November 14, 2018

Just five years ago, it was generally believed that the number of food insecure people in the world was on continuous decline. Unfortunately, widespread soil degradation along with resistance to recommended agronomic practices, and little attempt to restore degraded soils have conspired with ...

Soil and Climate

Soil and Climate

1st Edition

Rattan Lal, B. A. Stewart
September 20, 2018

Climate is a soil-forming factor and soil can mitigate climate change through a reduction in the emissions of greenhouse gases and sequestration of atmospheric CO2. Thus, there is a growing interest in soil management practices capable of mitigating climate change and enhancing environmental ...

Soil Nitrogen Uses and Environmental Impacts

Soil Nitrogen Uses and Environmental Impacts

1st Edition

Rattan Lal, B.A. Stewart
March 23, 2018

Nitrogen (N) is potentially one of the most complex elements on the Earth. It is necessary for all biological activity, but creates negative impacts on water and air quality. There is a balancing act between deficiency and surplus and the forms of N available further complicate our understanding of...

Soil Management and Greenhouse Effect

Soil Management and Greenhouse Effect

1st Edition

John M. Kimble, Elissa R. Levine, B.A. Stewart
March 23, 1995

Soil Management and Greenhouse Effect focuses on proper management of soils and its effects on global change, specifically, the greenhouse effect. It contains up-to-date information on a broad range of important soil management topics, emphasizing the critical role of soil for carbon storage. ...

Urban Soils

Urban Soils

1st Edition

Rattan Lal, B. A. Stewart
October 13, 2017

Globally, 30% of the world population lived in urban areas in 1950, 54% in 2016 and 66% projected by 2050. The most urbanized regions include North America, Latin America, and Europe.  Urban encroachment depletes soil carbon and the aboveground biomass carbon pools, enhancing the flux of carbon ...

Soil Quality and Biofuel Production

Soil Quality and Biofuel Production

1st Edition

Rattan Lal, B.A. Stewart
June 14, 2017

From its humble beginning in the late 19th century―when Henry Ford’s first car was designed to run on ethanol―biofuel production has been on the rise with more than 26 billion liters produced in the U.S. in 2007. Ethanol made from biomass (rather than grains) holds great promise, including numerous...

Soil Phosphorus

Soil Phosphorus

1st Edition

Rattan Lal, B.A. Stewart
August 26, 2016

Phosphorus is an essential plant nutrient, but global population growth has dramatically reduced the availability of phosphorus fertilizer resources. Despite this scarcity, there remain numerous problems associated with the excessive and inappropriate use of phosphorus leading to non-point source ...

Soil-Specific Farming Precision Agriculture

Soil-Specific Farming: Precision Agriculture

1st Edition

Rattan Lal, B.A. Stewart
August 20, 2015

Faced with challenges of resource scarcity and environmental degradation, it is important to adopt innovative farming systems that maximize resource efficiency while protecting the environment. Soil-Specific Farming: Precision Agriculture focuses on principles and applications of soil-specific ...

Soil Management of Smallholder Agriculture

Soil Management of Smallholder Agriculture

1st Edition

Rattan Lal, B.A. Stewart
November 24, 2014

Nearly two billion people depend on hundreds of millions of smallholder farmers for food security. Yet, these farmers’ lives also hang in the balance due to their extreme vulnerability to the risks of soil degradation and depletion, soil exhaustion, climate change, and numerous biotic and abiotic ...

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