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Properties and Management of Soils in the Tropics

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: January 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107176058
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  • The long-awaited second edition of this classic textbook expands on the first edition to include advances made in the last four decades, bringing the topic completely up to date. The book addresses critical issues such as whether humanity can feed itself, and whether it can do so in environmentally sound and sustainable ways. Written from agronomic, environmental, and ecological standpoints, the textbook employs a multidisciplinary approach, including policymaking and plant genetic improvements, as well as ecosystem services, climate change, biodiversity, sustainability and resilience. New chapters in this second edition focus on organic carbon in soil, soil biology, soils in relation to livestock production and forestry, and agroforestry. The new edition will again be the go-to textbook for courses on tropical soils, and a reference textbook for soil and agricultural scientists and development professionals working in the tropics.

    • Provides a practical perspective for properties and management of soil
    • Highlights advances in research of tropical soils, bringing the topic completely up to date
    • Relates tropical soil science with the main challenges of sustainability and feeding the population
    • Pedro A. Sanchez is the world's leading expert on tropical soils
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    08th Jul 2019 by Meinevannoordwijk

    This 2nd edition of what already was a classic deserves to be on the bookshelves of all agronomists, soil scientists and agroecologists in (or interested in) the tropics. It provides a personal touch of the authors' experience, along with good entries to the relevant literature on up-to-date reviews and methods. It is well illustrated and contains many case studies that will be good to dissect in class-room settings.

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107176058
    • length: 690 pages
    • dimensions: 261 x 212 x 32 mm
    • weight: 1.78kg
    • contains: 85 b/w illus. 12 maps 226 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Tropical Environment:
    1. The natural environment of the tropics
    2. The human environment of the tropics
    Part II. Pedology, Physics, Chemistry and Biology:
    3. History of soil science in the tropics
    4. Soils of the tropics
    5. Functional capacity classification
    6. Soil physical properties
    7. Water
    8. Mineralogy
    9. Soil acidity
    10. Soil biology
    11. Organic carbon
    Part III. Soil Fertility:
    12. Soil fertility principles
    13. Nitrogen
    14. Phosphorus
    15. Sulfur
    Part IV. Management Systems:
    16. Soils and slash and burn agriculture
    17. Soil management in rice cultivation
    18. Soils and livestock-based tropical systems
    19. Soils and tropical tree-based systems

  • Author

    Pedro A. Sanchez, University of Florida
    Pedro A. Sanchez´s name is almost synonymous with the topic of tropical soil science. His work has influenced research in agronomy, ecology, and changed the way technology and policy are used to increase food production in environmentally sustainable ways. He is Pre-eminent Research Professor of Tropical Soil Science at the University of Florida. Sanchez spent fifty years alternating between US universities and research centers of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). He is the first soil scientist to receive both the World Food Prize and a MacArthur Fellowship, and is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences.

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