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1st Edition

Bioremediation of Agricultural Soils

ISBN 9781138651913
Published March 13, 2019 by CRC Press
290 Pages 4 Color & 38 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The quality of agricultural soils are always under threat from chemical contaminants, which ultimately affect the productivity and safety of crops. Besides agrochemicals, a new generation of substances invades the soil through irrigation with reclaimed wastewater and pollutants of organic origin such as sewage sludge or cattle manure. Emerging pollutants such as pharmaceuticals, nanomaterials and microplastics are now present in agricultural soils, but the understanding of their impact on soil quality is still limited. With focus on in situ bioremediation, this book provides an exhaustive analysis of the current biological methodologies for recovering polluted agricultural soils as well as monitoring the effectiveness of bioremediation.

Table of Contents



Current-use Pesticides: A Historical Overview and Future Perspectives

Francisco Sánchez-Bayo

Fertilization Strategies for Agroenvironmental Protection and Sustainable Agriculture Production

Ahammad M. Kamal and Joann K. Whalen

Microplastics in Agricultural Soils: Are They a Real Environmental Hazard?

Andrés Rodríguez-Seijo and Ruth Pereira

Pollutants in Urban Agriculture: Sources, Health Risk Assessment and Sustainable Management

Camille Dumat, Antoine Pierart, Muhammad Shahid and Sana Khalid


Metal Contamination in Urban Soils: Use of Nature-Based Solutions for Developing Safe Urban Cropping

Ryad Bouzouidja, Dorine Bouquet, Antoine Pierart, Muhammad Shahid, Cécile Le Guern, Liliane Jean-Soro, Camille Dumat and Thierry Lebeau

Phytoremediation of Agricultural Soils Polluted with Metals

A. Navazas, L.E. Hernández, F. Martínez, C. Ortega-Villasante, A. Bertrand and A. González

Bioremediation of Pesticides and Metals: A Discussion about Different Strategies

Using Actinobacteria

Alvarez Analía, Saez Juliana Maria, Dávila Costa José Sebastián, Polti Marta Alejandra and

Benimeli Claudia Susana

Improving Agricultural Soils with Organic Wastes from Wastewater Plants,

Salmon Aquaculture and Paper-Pulp Industry

José E. Celis and Marco A. Sandoval

Bioremediation of Pesticide-Contaminated Soils by using Earthworms

Juan C. Sanchez-Hernandez

Biochar Mitigates the Impact of Pesticides on Soil Enzyme Activities

Juan C. Sanchez-Hernandez

Dual Role of Vermicomposting in Relation to Environmental Pollution:

Detoxification and Bioremediation

Juan C. Sanchez-Hernandez and Jorge Domínguez


Soil Enzyme Activities for Soil Quality Assessment

Liliana Gianfreda and Maria A. Rao

Biomarkers in Soil Organisms: Their Potential use in the Assessment of Soil

Pollution and Remediation

Antonio Calisi, Maria Elena Latino, Angelo Corallo, Annalisa Grimaldi, Chiara Ferronato,

Livia Vittori Antisari and Francesco Dondero




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Juan C. Sanchez-Hernandez is a professor in Environmental Toxicology and Animal Physiology at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain). His research interests include the ecotoxicity of agrochemicals on non-target organisms and vermiremediation. He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles on these topics, and he is a frequent reviewer both for several of top journals in the field of environmental sciences as well as for a number of international research institutions.