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Soil Ecology in Sustainable Agricultural Systems

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By better understanding the complex codependent relationships between soils, soil organisms, and crops, scientists can better predict how an agricultural system will behave when the use of tillage, pesticides, and fertilizers is reduced. Soil Ecology in Sustainable Agricultural Systems demonstrates the considerable potential for the application of soil biological knowledge to the sound management of agroecosystems. Chapters 1-6 cover basic studies, with some focusing on the dual nature of roots and soil organic matter as sinks and sources of carbon and nutrients. Other studies focus on the effects of structure-following and structure-forming soil organisms on biochemical and biophysical processes. Chapter 7 takes a more holistic approach and ties basic knowledge together at the agroecosystem level and discusses developing biological management practices that optimize soil properties for sustained agricultural use.

In Soil Ecology in Sustainable Agricultural Systems, agronomists will find new research and applications for using the tools of ecology to understand the workings of an agricultural system, and environmentalists and ecologists will gain a better understanding of ecosystems that are created by both man and nature.


"There has been a need for a book that presents up-to-date information on biological management practices for sustained agriculture. This work effectively does so."


Table of Contents

Interrelationships between Soil Structure, Soil Organisms, and Plants in Sustainable Agriculture, L. Brussaard

Interactions between Soil Biota, Soil Organic Matter, and Soil Structure, J. Hassink, F.J. Matus, C. Chenu, and J.W. Dalenberg

Fungal and Bacterial Pathways of Organic Matter Decomposition and Nitrogen Mineralization in Arable Soils, M.H. Beare

Roots as Sinks and Sources of Nutrients and Carbon in Agricultural Systems, M. van Noodwijk and G. Brouwer

Mycorrhizal Interactions with Plants and Soil Organisms in Sustainable Agroecosystems, J. Pérez-Moreno and R. Ferrera-Cerrato

Role of Earthworms in Traditional and Improved Low-Input Agricultural Systems in West Africa, S. Hauser, B. Vanlauwe, D.O. Asawalam, and L. Norgrove

Biological Management of Soil Fertility as a Component of Sustainable Agriculture: Perspectives and Prospects with Particular Reference to Tropical Regions, M.J. Swift


About the Series

Advances in Agroecology

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Subject Categories

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