Agriculture & Allied Sciences

Soils, Climate, Crops, Nutrient Dynamics and Productivity

K. R. Krishna, PhD


Published. Available now.
Pub Date: January 2014
Hardback Price: $179.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781926895482
Pages: 552pp / 133 illustra
Binding Type: hardbound

Comprised of three sections, this important book provides detailed knowledge about the nutrient dynamics and productivity of global agroecosystems. The book explores agroecosystems that flourish in different continents of the world. The main focus is on the major aspects that make up agroecosystems, such as soils, climate, crops, nutrient dynamics, and productivity. The first section provides an introduction to agroecosystems and descriptions of global soil types that support vast crop belts.

In addition, there are 21 chapters that deal with wide range of agroecosystems that thrive around the globe, including Asia, Africa, the Americas, and more. Detailed descriptions on crop species and their origin, spread, genetic aspects, agroclimatic requirements, expanse, and productivity are provided for 32 important crops. The second section deals with the principles that drive crop growth, nutrient dynamics and ecosystematic functions within any agroecosystem. There are 7 chapters that deal with various aspects of nutrient dynamics in an agroecosystem. Several natural and man-made factors regulate development, sustenance, and productivity of agroecosystems. The third section covers the influence of agronomic practices and factors such as soil microbes, organic matter, crop genetic nature, irrigation, weeds, and cropping systems that affect productivity of agroecosystems.

This comprehensive volume will be useful to professors, researchers, and students dealing with agriculture, ecology, and geography. It also serves as a general reference book for all those interested in understanding our own nature and surroundings.

Section I: Agroecosystems of the World
1. Agroecosystems: An Introduction
2. Soils of Agroecosystems
3. Wheat Agroecosystem
4. Maize Agroecosystem
5. Wet Land Rice Agroecosystem
6. Sorghum Agroecosystem of Asia, Africa and Americas
7. Finger Millet Cropping Zones of Asia and Africa
8. Minor Cereals and Millets
9. Soybean Production Zones
10. Lentil Cropping Belts
11. Chickpea Cropping Zones
12. Cowpea Farming Zones of Africa and Asia
13. Pigeonpea Agroecosystem of Asia, Africa and Caribbean Islands
14. Black Gram and Green Gram Belts
15. Horse Gram Cropping Zones of Asia and Africa
16. Canola Cropping Zones
17. Groundnut Agroecosystem
18. Sunflower Agroecosystem
19. Minor Oilseeds
20. Cotton Cropping Zones
21. Sugarcane Producing Zones
22. Forages and Pastures
23. Plantation Crops of the World

Section II: Principles of Nutrient Dynamics
24. Atmosphere Influences Nutrient Dynamics in Agroecosystems
25. Nutrient Supply into Agroecosystem
26. Nutrient Transformations in Arable Cropping Systems
27. Nutrient Transformations in Flooded Wetland Belts
28. Nutrient Recovery by Crops
29. Nutrient Loss from Agroecosystems
30. Nutrient Cycling in Crop Fields

Section III: Factors Influencing Nutrient Dynamics in Agroecosystems
31. Soil Tillage and Mulches Affect Nutrient Dynamics
32. Soil Organic Matter and Nutrient Dynamics
33. Soil Microorganisms and Nutrient Dynamics in Agroecosystems
34. Weeds and Nutrients in Agroecosystems
35. Irrigation Systems Influence Nutrient Dynamics in Agroecosystems
36. Crops, Genotypes and Nutrient Dynamics within Agroecosystems
37. Cropping Systems and Nutrient Dynamics

About the Authors / Editors:
K. R. Krishna, PhD
Formerly Visiting Professor and Research Scholar at the Soil and Water Science Department at the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA; Independent Researcher and Author

K. R. Krishna received his PhD in Agriculture from the University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore, India.

Retired from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in India, he has been a cereals scientist in India and a visiting professor and research scholar at the Soil and Water Science Department at the University of Florida, Gainesville, USA.

Dr. Krishna is a member of several professional organizations, including the International Society for Precision Agriculture, the American Society of Agronomy, the Soil Science Society of America, the Ecological Society of America, and the Indian Society of Agronomy

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