1st Edition

Manual of Methods for Soil and Land Evaluation

Edited By Edoardo A.C. Costantini Copyright 2009
    564 Pages
    by CRC Press

    580 Pages
    by CRC Press

    The goal of the manual is to supply an operational tool for pedologists, agronomists, environmentalists, and all of the other specialists who carry out land evaluation for agriculture and forestry or, more generally, stakeholders and policy makers who make decisions at the local level based on the knowledge of the nature of soil. Discussion of the topics is not only technical and operational, but also in-depth and didactic; therefore, the text may also be used as a valid complement for students majoring in subjects that involve soil use, management and conservation. The literature offers a wide choice of possible soil and land evaluation methods, while knowledge of the relationships existing between the physical characteristics of lands, particularly those of soils, and the requirements of specific uses is limited.

    List of Contributors

    Soil and Land Evaluation: History, Definitions and Concepts Costanza Calzolari, Edoardo A.C. Costantini, Fabrizio Ungaro and Letizia Venuti

    The Land Capability Classification
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    Land Evaluation for Protecting Soil from Contamination Costanza Calzolari, Fabrizio Ungaro, Marina Guermandi, Giovanni Aramini, Caterina Colloca, Anna Maria Corea, Raffaele Paone, Vincenzo Tamburino, Santo Marcello Zimbone and Serafina Andiloro
    Soil Suitability for Irrigation Paolo Baldaccini and Andrea Vacca
    Soil Erodibility Assessment for Applications at Watershed Scale Lorenzo Borselli, Paola Cassi and Pilar Salvador Sanchis
    Evaluation of the Hydrologic Soil Group (HSG) with the Procedure SCS Curve Number Devis Bartolini and Lorenzo Borselli
    Land Evaluation for Developing Countries Luca Ongaro and Paolo Sarfatti
    Soil Restoration: Remediation and Valorization of Contaminated Soils Claudio Bini

    Land suitability for row crops
    Bread Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)
    Giancarlo Chisci and Letizia Venuti
    Durum Wheat (Triticum durum Desf.) Giancarlo Chisci and Letizia Venuti
    Maize (Zea mays L.) Letizia Venuti and Giancarlo Chisci
    Rice (Oryza sativa L.) Giancarlo Chisci
    Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) Letizia Venuti and Giancarlo Chisci
    Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) Luciano Lulli, Enrico Palchetti, Giuseppe Vecchio and Adele Maria Caruso
    Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) Fabio Castelli and Edoardo A.C. Costantini
    Soybean (Glycine max L. Merr.) Fabiano Miceli and Stefano Barbieri
    Sugar beet (Beta vulgaris L. ssp. vulgaris) Piergiorgio Stevanato, J. Mitchell McGrath and Enrico Biancardi

    Land suitability for small-scale niche cultivations
    Emmer Wheat (Triticum dicoccum, Schrank) Giancarlo Chisci
    Edible Truffles (Tuber spp.) Gilberto Bragato, Lorenzo Gardin, Luciano Lulli and Marcello Raglione
    Ash-tree Manna (Fraxinus spp.) Carmelo Dazzi andGiovanni Fatta Del Bosco
    Cactus Pear (Opuntia ficus-indica L. (Mill.)) Paolo Inglese and Riccardo Scalenghe
    Lentil (Lens culinaria, Medicus) Letizia Venuti

    Land suitability for tree cultivations
    Common Ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) Sergio Pellegrini
    Common Walnut (Juglans regia L.) and Sweet/Wild Cherry (Prunus avium L.) Rosario Napoli and Roberto Mercurio
    Citrus Francesco Calabrese and Carmelo Dazzi
    Wine Grape and Vine Zoning Pierluigi Bucelli and Edoardo A.C. Costantini
    Olive Tree (Olea europaea L.) Elena Franchini , Antonio Cimato and Edoardo A.C. Costantini
    Stone Fruits: Apricot, Cherry, Peach, Prune and Plum Elvio Bellini, Edgardo Giordani and Daniele Morelli
    Pome Fruits: Apple and Pear Elvio Bellini, Edgardo Giordani and Daniele Morelli
    Kiwi Fruit [Actinidia deliciosa (Chev.) Liang & Ferguson] Elvio Bellini, Edgardo Giordani and Daniele Morelli
    Soil Knowledge Applied to the Cultivation of Arboreal Crops Carla Scotti

    Land suitability for forestry and grazing
    Land Evaluation for some Important Italian Conifers Andrea Giordano
    Land Suitability for Grazing Paolo Baldaccini and Andrea Vacca
    Appendix: Soil Properties and Qualities Edoardo A.C. Costantini
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