1st Edition

Soil Tillage in Agroecosystems

Edited By Adel El Titi Copyright 2002
    384 Pages 75 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Building on our knowledge of soil ecology under natural, undisturbed conditions, Soil Tillage in Agroecosystems focuses on how cultivation affects soil and the soil environment. In particular, it highlights how methods of soil tillage can influence soil structure, soil chemical processes, soil borne pathogens, and pest species. Covering the aspects of soil tillage on different taxa, the book concludes with a synthesis of the role of soil tillage in securing a sustainable agricultural environment. It provides the scientific basis for choosing different tillage options to achieve the best possible sustainable base for long-lasting agricultural production.

    Introduction, A. El Titi
    Techniques of Soil Tillage, K. Köller
    The Role of Soil Tillage for Soil Structure, B.Huwe
    The Soil Microbial Community and Soil Tillage, D. S. Andrade, A. Colozzi-Filho and K. E. Giller
    Soil Tillage for Sustainable Nutrient Management. C. Pekrun, H. P. Kaul and W. Claupein
    Implications of Soil Tillage for Crop and Weed Seeds, C. Pekrun, A. El Titi, and W. Claupein
    Implications of Soil Tillage for Weed Communities, A. El Titi
    Influence of Cultivation Practices on Arable Crop Diseases, V.W.L. Jordan and J. A. Hutcheon
    Influence of Soil Tillage on Slugs and Their Natural Enemies, D. M. Glen & W. O. C. Symondson
    Interactions Between Tillage and Earthworms in Agroecosystems, W. D. Shuster and C. A. Edwards
    Effects of Tillage on Invertebrates in Soil Ecosystems, A. El Titi
    Soil Tillage and Epigeal Predatory Arthropods, D. A. Kendall
    The Synthesis, A. El Titi


    Adel El Titi

    "[R]eaders are provided with excellent descriptions of cultivation methods for soil preservation, significant research data, and substantial information on the effects of tillage on specific soils. … University libraries and special libraries focusing on agriculture, agroecosystems, soils, or agencies working with rural communities would benefit from adding this volume to their collection. The chapter outlines, combined with substantial current references and an excellent index, make the book organized and easy to use … ."
    - Journal of Agricultural and Food Information, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2003

    "[I]t is very broad in its coverage of topics with extensive literature reviews for most chapters. It would make a good reference book."
    - Vadose Zone Journal, 2005