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Soil Organic Matter in Sustainable Agriculture

1st Edition

Edited by Fred Magdoff, Ray R. Weil

CRC Press

412 pages | 99 B/W Illus.

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Recognition of the importance of soil organic matter (SOM) in soil health and quality is a major part of fostering a holistic, preventive approach to agricultural management. Students in agronomy, horticulture, and soil science need a textbook that emphasizes strategies for using SOM management  in the prevention of chemical, biological, and physical problems.

Soil Organic Matter in Sustainable Agriculture gathers key scientific reviews concerning issues that are critical for successful SOM management. This textbook contains evaluations of the types of organic soil constituents—organisms, fresh residues, and well-decomposed substances. It explores the beneficial effects of organic matter on soil and the various practices that enhance SOM. Chapters include an examination of the results of crop management practices on soil organisms, organic matter gains and losses, the significance of various SOM fractions, and the contributions of fungi and earthworms to soil quality and crop growth.

Emphasizing the prevention of imbalances that lead to soil and crop problems, the text also explores the development of soils suppressive to plant diseases and pests, and relates SOM management to the supply of nutrients to crops. This book provides the essential scientific background and poses the challenging questions that students need to better understand SOM and develop improved soil and crop management systems.


“All chapters are well illustrated with tables and figures, appropriately placed, and well provided with extensive references. …. This book will be valuable for agronomists, soil microbiologists, soil scientists, horticulturists, biologists, and forest soil scientists involved in soil and plant nutrition, erosion and conservation. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above.”

CHOICE, February 2005, Vo. 42, No. 06

Table of Contents

Significance of Soil Organic Matter to Soil Quality/Health – An Overview, R. Weil and F. Magdoff

Organic Matter Management Strategies, F. Magdoff and R. Weil

Soil Organic Matter Fractions and Their Relevance to Soil Quality/Health, M. Wander

Stimulatory Effect of Humic Substances on Plant Growth, Y. Chen, M. De Nobili, and T. Aviad

The Role of Soil Organic Matter and Soil Quality in Soil-Plant-Disease Interactions, A. Stone and H. Darby

Contributions of Fungi to Soil Organic Matter in Agroecosystems, K.A. Nichols and S.F. Wright

Connecting Belowground and Aboveground Food Webs: The Role of Organic Matter in Biological Buffering, P.L. Phelan

Tillage and Residue Management Effects on Soil Organic Matter, A.J. Franzluebbers

Strategies for Managing Soil Organic Matter to Supply Plant Nutrients, S. Seiter and W. Horvath

Soil and Crop Management Effects on Soil Microbiology, A.C. Kennedy, T.L. Stubbs, and W.F. Schillinger

Interactions between Organic Matter, Earthworms and Microorganisms in Promoting Plant Growth, C.A. Edwards and N.Q. Arancon

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Forestry