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2nd Edition

Soil Sampling and Methods of Analysis

ISBN 9780849335860
Published August 3, 2007 by CRC Press
1262 Pages 144 B/W Illustrations

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Thoroughly updated and revised, this second edition of the bestselling Soil Sampling and Methods of Analysis presents several new chapters in the areas of biological and physical analysis and soil sampling. Reflecting the burgeoning interest in soil ecology, new contributions describe the growing number and assortment of new microbiological techniques, describe in-depth methods, and demonstrate new tools that characterize the dynamics and chemistry of soil organic matter and soil testing for plant nutrients. A completely new section devoted to soil water reviews up-to-date field- and laboratory-based methods for saturated and unsaturated soil hydraulic properties.

Retaining the easy-to-follow, “cookbook” style of the original, this second edition provides a compilation of soil analytical techniques that are fast, straightforward, and relatively easy-to-use. Heavily referenced, peer-reviewed contributions from approximately 150 specialists make this a practical manual and resource handbook that describes a wide array of methods, both conventional and cutting-edge, for analyzing the chemical, biological, biochemical, and physical properties of many different soil types. Including several “primer” chapters that cover the overall principles and concepts behind the latest techniques, the book presents sufficient detail on the materials and procedures to characterize the potential and limitation of each method. It covers recent improvements in methodology, outlines current methods, and characterizes the best methods available for selecting the appropriate analysis technique.

Promoting the research and practical application of findings in soil science, Soil Sampling and Methods of Analysis, Second Edition continues to be the most current, detailed, comprehensive tool for researchers and practitioners working with soil.

Table of Contents

SOIL SAMPLING AND HANDLING, G.T. Patterson and M.R. Carter
Soil Sampling Designs, D. Pennock, T. Yates, and J. Braidek
Sampling Forest Soils, N. Bélanger and K.C.J. Van Rees
Measuring Change in Soil Organic Carbon Storage, B.H. Ellert, H.H. Janzen, A.J. VandenBygaart, and E. Bremer
Soil Sample Handling and Storage, S.C. Sheppard and J.A. Addison
Quality Control in Soil Chemical Analysis, C. Swyngedouw and R. Lessard
Nitrate and Exchangeable Ammonium Nitrogen, D.G. Maynard, Y.P. Kalra, and J.A. Crumbaugh
Mehlich 3 Extractable Elements, N. Ziadi and T. Sen Tran
Sodium Bicarbonate Extractable Phosphorus, J.J. Schoenau and I. P. O’Halloran
 Boron, Molybdenum and Selenium, G. M. Hettiarachchi and U. C. Gupta
Trace Element Assessment, W.H. Hendershot, H. Lalande, D. Reyes, and D. MacDonald
Readily Soluble Aluminum and Manganese in Acid Soils, Y.K. Soon, N. Bélanger, and W.H. Hendershot
Lime Requirement, N. Ziadi and T. Sen Tran
Ion Supply Rates Using Ion Exchange Resins, P. Qian, J.J. Schoenau, and N. Ziadi
Environmental Soil Phosphorus Indices, A.N. Sharpley, P.J.A. Kleinman and J.L. Weld
Electrical Conductivity and Soluble Ions, J.J. Miller and D. Curtin
SOIL CHEMICAL ANALYSES, Y.K. Soon and W.H. Hendershot       
Soil Reaction and Exchangeable Acidity, W.H. Hendershot, H. Laland,e and M. Duquette
Collection and Characterization of Soil Solutions, J.D. MacDonald, N. Bélanger, S. Sauvé, F. Courchesne, and W.H. Hendershot
Ion Exchange and Exchangeable Cations, W.H. Hendershot, H. Lalande, and M. Duquette
Non-Exchangeable Ammonium, Y.K. Soon and B.C. Liang
Carbonates, T.B. Goh and A.R. Mermut
Total and Organic Carbon, J.O. Skjemstad and J.A. Baldock
Total Nitrogen, P.M. Rutherford, W.B. McGill, C.T. Figueiredo,  and J.M. Arocena
Chemical Characterization of Soil Sulphur, C.G. Kowalenko and M. Grimmett
Total and Organic Phosphorus, I.P. O'Halloran and B.J. Cade-Menum
Characterization of Available P by Sequential Extraction, H. Tiessen and J.O. Moir
Extractable Al, Fe, Mn, and Si, F. Courchesne  and M.C. Turmel
Determining Nutrient Availability in Forest Soils, N. Bélanger, David Paré, and W.H. Hendershot
Chemical Properties of Organic Soils, A. Karam
Cultural Methods for Soil and Root Associated Microorganisms, J.J. Germida and J.R. de Freitas
Arbuscular Mycorrhiza, Y. Dalpé and C. Hamel
Root Nodule Bacteria and Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation, D. Prévost and H. Antoun
Microarthropods, J.P Winter and V.M. Behan-Pelletier
Nematodes, T.A. Forge and J. Kimpinski
Earthworms, M.J. Clapperton, G.H. Baker and C.A. Fox
Enchytraeids, S.M. Adl
Protozoa, S.M. Adl, D. Acosta-Mercado, and D.H. Lynn
Denitrification Techniques for Soils, C.F. Drury, D.D. Myrold, E.G. Beauchamp, and W.D.Reynolds
Nitrification Techniques in Soil Systems, C.F. Drury, S.C. Hart, and X.M. Yang
Substrate-Induced Respiration and Selective Inhibition as Measures of Microbial Biomass in Soils, V.L. Bailey, J.L. Smith, and H. Bolton Jr.
Assessment of Soil Biological Activity, R.P.Beyaert and C.A. Fox
Soil ATP, R.P. Voroney, G. Wen, and R.P. Beyaert
Lipid-Based Community Analysis, K.E. Dunfield
Bacterial Community Analyses by Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE), E. Topp, Y.-C. Tien, and A. Hartmann
Indicators of Soil Food Web Properties, T.A. Forge and M. Tenuta
Carbon Mineralization, D.W. Hopkins
Mineralizable Nitrogen, Denis Curtin and C.A. Campbell
Physically Uncomplexed Organic Matter, E.G. Gregorich and M.H. Beare 
Extraction and Characterization of Dissolved Organic Matter, M.H. Chantigny, D.A. Angers, K. Kaiser, and K. Kalbitz
Soil Microbial Biomass C, N, P and S, R.P. Voroney, P.C. Brookes, and R.P. Beyaert 
Carbohydrates, M.H. Chantigny and D.A. Angers
Organic Forms of Nitrogen, D.C. Olk
Soil Humus Fractions, D.W. Anderson and J.J Schoenau
Soil Organic Matter Analysis by Solid-State 13C Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, M. J. Simpson and C. M. Preston 
Stable Isotopes in Soil and Environmental Research, B.H. Ellert and L. Rock
Particle Size Distribution, D. Kroetsch and C. Wang
Soil Shrinkage, C.D. Grant
Soil Density and Porosity, X. Hao, B.C. Ball, J.L.B. Culley, M.R. Carter, and G.W. Parkin
Soil Consistency: Upper and Lower Plastic Limits, R.A. McBride
Compaction and Compressibility, P. Défossez, T. Keller and G. Richard
Field Soil Strength, G.C. Topp and D.R. Lapen
Air Permeability, C.D. Grant and P.H. Groenevelt
Aggregate Stability to Water, D.A. Angers, M.S. Bullock, and G.R. Mehuys
Dry Aggregate Size Distribution, F.J. Larney
Soil Air, R.E. Farrell and J.A. Elliott
Soil-Surface Gas Emissions, P. Rochette and N. Bertrand
Bulk Density Measurement in Forest Soils, D.G. Maynard and M.P. Curran
Physical Properties of Organic Soils and Growing Media: Particle Size and Degree of Decomposition, L.E. Parent and J. Caron
Physical Properties of Organic Soils and Growing Media: Water and Air Storage and Flow Dynamics, J. Caron, D.E. Elrick, J.C. Michel, and R. Naasz
SOIL WATER ANALYSES, W.D. Reynolds and G.C. Topp
Soil Water Analyses: Principles and Parameters, W.D. Reynolds and G.C. Topp
Soil Water Content, G.C. Topp, G.W. Parkin, and Ty P.A Ferré
Soil Water Potential, N.J. Livingston and G.C. Topp
Soil Water Desorption and Imbibition: Tension and Pressure Techniques, W.D. Reynolds and G.C. Topp
Soil Water Desorption and Imbibition: Long Column, W.D. Reynolds and G.C. Topp
Soil Water Desorption and Imbibition: Psychrometry, W.D. Reynolds and G.C. Topp
Saturated Hydraulic Properties: Laboratory Methods, W.D. Reynolds
Saturated Hydraulic Properties: Well Permeameter, W.D. Reynolds
Saturated Hydraulic Properties: Ring Infiltrometer, W.D. Reynolds
Saturated Hydraulic Properties: Auger-Hole, G.C. Topp
Saturated Hydraulic Properties: Piezometer, G.C. Topp
Unsaturated Hydraulic Properties: Laboratory Tension Infiltrometer, F.J.  Cook
Unsaturated Hydraulic Properties: Laboratory Evaporation, O.O. B. Wendroth and N. Wypler
Unsaturated Hydraulic Properties: Field Tension Infiltrometer, W.D. Reynolds
Unsaturated Hydraulic Properties: Instantaneous Profile, W.D. Reynolds
Estimation of Soil Hydraulic Properties, F.J. Cook and H.P. Cresswell  
Analysis of Soil Variability, B.C. Si, R.G. Kachanoski, and W.D. Reynolds
Site Description, G.T. Patterson and J.A. Brierley  
General Safe Laboratory Operation Procedures, P. St-Georges

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"… It is authoritative, covering soil analysis in the broadest sense… all the chapters retained from the first edition have been updated and others added. …Each method is described in detail… this book is a valuable vade mecum for any soil science laboratory."

—Charlie Scrimgeour, in Experimental Agriculture, Vol. 44, 2008

"… a substantial revision of the first edition published in 1993. Many of the earlier chapters have been updated, and new ones have been added, in particular to deal with modern developments in soil biology, the chemistry of soil organic matter and techniques for characterizing the hydraulic behavior of soil. It is an impressive volume of 85 chapters and two appendices written by 140 authors, most of whom are Canadian and many recognized internationally as experts in their fields… Sound sampling and estimation are crucial to success in almost any study of soil… This book is a valuable compendium on soil analysis and merits a place in any soil laboratory."

—R. Webster, in European Journal of Soil Science, Vol. 59, 2008

"The materials and procedures for … methods are presented in straightforward language with adequate details, easy to understand and follow. … well written and logically organized."

– Mingxin Guo, Department of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Delaware State University in Environmental Quality, Vol. 38, No. 1, 2009