There are approximately 500 different soil varieties in Malaysia, most is residual soil and coastal alluvial soil. This book presents a comprehensive overview of various aspects of soils in Malaysia. It covers topics including climate; flora and fauna; geology and hydrology; land use changes for agriculture; soil fertility; human-induced soil degradation; and soil contamination sources. It features information on the role of biological, chemical, mechanical, and physical factors in relation to soil properties. The book highlights land use impact, soil problems arising from contamination and its control methods, the management of problem soils, limiting materials as well as future soil issues.
The presentation of different soils in Malaysia is organized through chapters based on two major soil groups (a) the sedentary soils formed in the interior on a wide range of rock types, and (b) the soils of the coastal alluvial plains. The book features information on how these various soil types affect the economy of the country and highlights the soil issues and challenges within the context of sustainable agriculture. Useful to graduate students of soil science, professionals, and agriculturalists, it provides extensive knowledge of agriculture soils in Malaysia in a concise and user-friendly manner.
Table of Contents
Climate, Ecosystem, Flora & Fauna. Geology and Hydrology. Land Use for Agriculture in Malaysia. Major Soil Types, Soil Maps, and Soil Classification. Soil properties (Physical, Chemical, Biological, Mechanical). Agricultural Soil Contamination. Soil Fertility and Management of Malaysian Soils. Future Soil Issues.
Muhammad Aqeel Ashraf, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at Faculty of Science and Natural Resources, University Malaysia, Sabah. His field of interest is environmental soil science. He has published more than 100 research articles on the topic.
Radiah Othman, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Head of Land Management Department, Faculty of Agriculture, University Putra Malaysia. She is an active researcher in the field of Soil Microbiology. She has published more than one hundred research articles on the topic.
Che Fauzian Ishak, PhD, is a Professor and Deputy Dean (Academic, Students Affairs and Alumni), Faculty of Agriculture, University Putra Malaysia. Her field of specialization is in Soil chemistry. She conducted a project under the funding Australian Centre of International Agriculture Research (ACIAR) on the establishment of baseline levels of heavy metals in agricultural soils of Peninsular Malaysia to be used as a guideline in evaluating contaminated land in the country.