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Soil Basics, Management and Rhizosphere Engineering for Sustainable Agriculture

ISBN 9781138486928
Published November 6, 2018 by CRC Press
830 Pages 367 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Increase in global population, drastic changes in the environment, soil degradation and decrease in quality and quantity of agricultural productivity warranted us to adapt sustainable farming practices. This book focuses on soil health management and creating biased rhizosphere that can effectively augment the needs of sustainable agriculture.

Table of Contents

Soil Basics
Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture
Soil Formation and Classification
Physical Properties of Soil
Chemical Properties of Soil
Introduction to Soil Water System
Soil management for sustainable agriculture
Healthy Soils for Sustainable Agriculture
Soil Erosion and its Conservation
Soil Pollution: causes, effects, and preventive measures
Soil Testing for Better Nutrient Management
Soil Preparation and Tillage
Composting for Sustainable Agriculture
Organic Farming and Precision Agriculture for Sustainable Farming
Plant Nutrients and Biopesticides
Plant Mineral Nutrients
Chemical Fertilizers and Fertigation
Organic Fertilizers
Bio-fertilizers for Integrated Nutrient Management
Biopesticides for Integrated Pest Management
Soil Organisms in Sustainable Agriculture
Soil Biology Management for Sustainable Soil Health
Soil, Water, and Plant Relations
Plant Forms and Functions
Plant Growth and Development
Mechanism of Mineral Nutrient Uptake in Plants
Water Absorption and Transport in Plants
Abiotic Stress: Plant response to moisture and salt stresses
Rhizosphere Engineering for Sustainable Agriculture
Rhizosphere Structure and Rhizodeposition.
Rhizosphere Interactions: Network of plants, microbes and soil
Rhizosphere Engineering: Enhancing sustainable plant ecosystem
Bioremediation: A promising rhizosphere technology

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Dr. Channarayappa, hailed from Guttahalli, Chikkaballapur District (Karnataka); Received B.Sc (Agri) degree in Agricultural Sciences; M.Sc. (Agri.) and Ph.D., degrees (in Genetics and plant breeding) from University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru; He earned his second Ph.D., in Genetics and Developmental Biology at West Virginia University (WVU), USA; Worked as a teaching assistant in the Biology Department, WVU Postdoctoral fellow (WVU) and Postdoctoral Associate at the UT-MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, USA. He worked as Assistant Professor in the Department of Biotechnology, UAS, Bengaluru; Worked as Principal, Professor and Head of Genetics, Vydehi Institute of Biotech Sciences; Professor and Head, Department of Biotechnology, Ramaiah Institute of Technology (RIT) Bengaluru; Currently, working as a Professor in the Department of Biotechnology, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad. Taught various subjects to UG and PG students. He has more than 30 years of teaching and research experience. Organized national and international conferences, workshops and presented research papers in many conferences. He was a chairperson, board of studies and board of examinations, at RIT, Bangalore. Serving as a member in many editorial boards and professional societies. He is the author of three textbooks "Molecular Biotechnology: Principles and Practices", Cell Biology, and Molecular Biology, Published by Universities Press, Hyderabad. Published a number of research papers. Received ICAR junior and senior fellowships, and awarded by "The Jawaharlal Nehru National Award for Outstanding Postgraduate Agricultural Research", 1993, by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi. A number of professional and social organizations also honoured him.

Dr. D.P. Biradar, born on 21.07.1960 in Bhaganagar of Bijapur District (Karnataka); Completed BSc (Agri) with seven Gold Medals, MSc (Agri) (Agronomy) from University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore; Ph.D & Post doctorate (1) (Mammalian cell culture, Clastogenicity of herbicides) from Illinois, USA; Post doctorate (2) (Molecular markers, RGAs for Fusarium in Chickpea from J. W. Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, GERMANY; Post doctorate (3) (Particle bombardment in wheat transgenic production) from Rothamsted Research Station, Harpenden, England, UK. Joined service as Instructor and served as Asst. Prof., Assoc. Prof., Professor and Registrar, University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur. Presently, the Vice-Chancellor, UAS, Dharwad. Have several awards and incentives of Government, institutional and outside professional bodies of State and National Level. Served as Chairman/Member/Fellow of several academic and professional organizations at National and International level. Guided 8 Ph.D. & 5 MSc and Advisory Committee member for 18 Ph.D. & 24 MSc students. Principal & Co-Principal Investigator of 22 research projects. Research Papers published in Peer Reviewed Journals 118 and Papers/Abstracts presented 112. Authored/Edited 28 books, Written Book four Chapters. Recent Award: Dewang Mehta Business School Award (2014) of Hindustan Unilever Limited, Mumbai.


"This book is well designed with six broad areas explaining the approach for sustainable agriculture which include soil basics, soil management, plant nutrients and biological protection, soil organisms, soil–water–plant relationships and rhizosphere engineering. In the recent past, it has been observed that drastic global agricultural transformations have taken place in the farming systems due to modern cultivation practices and nutrient management. The book also mentions the methods and practices of sustainable agriculture, suggesting their benefits and importance. This book should be in every library and will prove useful to soil scientists, agronomists, environmental scientists, biochemists and those involved in natural resource management."
K. P. Voswanatha, Current Science, Vol 118, 2020