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Soil Amendments and Environmental Quality

1st Edition

Edited by Jack E. Rechcigl

CRC Press

528 pages

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Hardback: 9780873718592
pub: 1995-09-25

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This book presents a comprehensive and balanced overview of soil amendments and their effect on the environment. It encompasses both positive and negative aspects of chemical fertilizers that supply nitrogen, phosphorous, sulfur, lime, micronutrients, and trace metals. Pros and cons are discussed with respect to the optimal and the most environmentally sound use of soil amendments, and guidance is provided on how to minimize the environmental effects of amendments. Natural fertilizers, including manure, sludge, fly ash, phosphogypsum, and byproduct gypsum are also discussed. Alternative agronomic practices and biotechnology that ameliorate or minimize potential adverse effects of fertilizer use are examined in detail.

This authoritative and up-to-date treatise is multidisciplinary in nature and international in scope, a powerful reference tool for researchers, a thorough guide for practitioners and policy makers, and an excellent text book for academic courses.


"This volume is an impressive assemblage of information that documents a significant transition in agricultural practice…Tables presenting useful data and information are interspersed throughout the text…The figures are carefully conceived and executed."

-Waste Management and Research

Table of Contents

Nitrogen Fertilizers, R.M.C. Muchovej and J.E. Rechcigl

Phosphorus Fertilizers, P.J. Withers and A.N. Sharpley

Potassium, Sulfur, Lime, and Micronutrient Fertilizers, R.L. Mikkelsen and J.J. Camberato

Trace Metals, A. Kabata-Pendias and D.C. Adriano

Manure, H.V. Eck and B.A. Stewart

Sewage Sludge, N.V. Hue

Compost, M.L. Stratton, A.V. Barker, and J.E. Rechcigl

The Influence of Waste Amendments on Soil Properties, R.L. Hill and B.R. James

Fly Ash, J.J. Bilski, A.K. Alva, and K.S. Sajwan

Phosphogypsum and Other By-Product Gypsums, I.S. Alcordo and J.E. Rechcigl

Agronomic Practices in Relation to Soil Amendments and Pesticides, T.H. Dao and P.W. Unger

Genetically Engineered Microbial Amendments in Soils, J.L. Wiebers, R.L. Hill, and J.S. Angle


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Agriculture & the Environment

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General