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CRC Press Inc
18 October 2010
By the year 2050, the world's population is expected to reach nine billion. To feed and sustain this projected population, world food production must increase by at least 50 percent on much of the same land that we farm today. To meet this staggering challenge, scientists must develop the technology required to achieve an evergreen revolution--one that increases crop productivity without degrading natural resources. With 30 percent new material, the updated and revised third edition of Growth and Mineral Nutrition of Field Crops covers all aspects of crop growth and mineral nutrition that contribute to sustainable, high-yield agriculture. Bringing together international scientific knowledge of crop production and the impacts of agriculture on the environment, this book: Includes two new chapters on remediation of heavy-metal contaminated soils and cover crops Covers theoretical and practical aspects of mineral nutrition of field crops Provides recommendations for judicious use of fertilizers, which will reduce cost of crop production and enhance high crop yields without risking environmental pollution Provides growth patterns for annual crops and forages Includes a handful of color pictures of nutrient deficiencies for easy diagnostic purposes To make the book as practical as possible, each chapter is supported by experimental results and extensive references. A large number of figures and tables are also included to save readers time when researching. The overall emphasis of this reference is on the soil's ability to sustain high crop yields and a healthy human population.
By:   Nand Kumar Fageria (EMBRAPA Santo Antonio de Goias GO Brazil), Virupax C. Baligar (USDA/ARS SPCL, Beltsville, Maryland, USA), Charles Allan Jones (Texas A&M University, Dallas, USA)
Imprint:   CRC Press Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Edition:   3rd New edition
Volume:   57
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 178mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   1.247kg
ISBN:   9781439816950
ISBN 10:   1439816956
Series:   Books in Soils, Plants, and the Environment
Pages:   590
Publication Date:   18 October 2010
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Chapter 1 Field Crops and Mineral Nutrition 1.1 Introduction 1.2 Field Crops 1.3 Mineral Nutrition 1.4 Summary Chapter 2 Factors Affecting Production of Field Crops 2.1 Introduction 2.2 Environmental Factors 2.3 Summary Chapter 3 Nutrient Flux in Soil-Plant System 3.1 Introduction 3.2 Nutrient Supply to Plant Roots 3.3 Ion Absorption by Plants 3.4 Summary Appendix 3.A 3.A.1 Preparation of FeEDDHA Solution 3.A.2 Preparation of FeHEDTA Solution 3.A.3 Preparation of FeEDTA Solution Chapter 4 Diagnostic Techniques for Nutritional Disorders 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Soil Testing 4.3 Plant Analysis 4.4 Visual Symptoms 4.5 Crop Growth Response 4.6 Correction of Nutrient Disorder 4.7 Summary Chapter 5 Nutrient Management of Degraded Soils 5.1 Introduction 5.2 Definitions of Soil Degradation and Sustainable Soil Management 5.3 Processes and/or Factors of Soil Degradation 5.4 Summary Chapter 6 Remediation of Heavy Metal Contaminated Soils 6.1 Introduction 6.2 Adequate and Toxic Levels of Essential and Nonessential Heavy Metals in Soil and Plant Tissues of Principal Food Crops 6.3 Tolerable Levels of Heavy Metals in Soil, Water, and Food Crops for Human and Animal Consumption 6.4 Heavy Metals Remediation Techniques 6.5 Summary Chapter 7 The Effects of Essential Nutrients on Plant Diseases 7.1 Introduction 7.2 Nitrogen 7.3 Phosphorus 7.4 Potassium 7.5 Calcium, Magnesium, and Sulfur 7.6 Micronutrients 7.7 Summary Chapter 8 Wheat and Barley 8.1 Introduction 8.2 Climate and Soil Requirements 8.3 Growth and Development 8.4 Nutrient Requirements 8.5 Summary Chapter 9 Rice 9.1 Introduction 9.2 Climate and Soil Requirements 9.3 Growth and Development 9.4 Yield and Potential Yield 9.5 Yield Component Analysis 9.6 Grain Harvest Index 9.7 Nutrient Requirements 9.8 Lowland Rice 9.9 Management of Phosphorus in Lowland Rice 9.10 Management of Potassium in Lowland Rice 9.11 Calcium, Magnesium, and Sulfur 9.12 Management of Micronutrients in Lowland Rice 9.13 Nutrient Concentration and Uptake 9.14 Iron Deficiency and Toxicity in Lowland Rice 9.15 Salinity 9.16 Summary Chapter 10 Corn 10.1 Introduction 10.2 Climate and Soil Requirements 10.3 Growth and Development 10.4 Yield and Yield Components 10.5 Nutrient Requirements 10.6 Summary Chapter 11 Sorghum 11.1 Introduction 11.2 Climate and Soil Requirements 11.3 Growth and Development 11.4 Yield and Yield Components 11.5 Nutrient Requirements 11.6 Summary Chapter 12 Soybean 12.1 Introduction 12.2 Climate and Soil Requirements 12.3 Growth and Development 12.4 Yield Components 12.5 Major Yield-Determining Physiological Parameters 12.6 Nutrient Requirements 12.7 Summary Chapter 13 Common Bean and Cowpea 13.1 Introduction 13.2 Common Bean 13.3 Cowpea 13.4 Summary Chapter 14 Peanut 14.1 Introduction 14.2 Climate and Soil Requirements 14.3 Growth and Development 14.4 Yield Components 14.5 Nutrient Requirements 14.6 Summary Chapter 15 Sugarcane 15.1 Introduction 15.2 Climate and Soil Requirements 15.3 Growth and Development 15.4 Crop Culture 15.5 Summary Chapter 16 Cassava and Potato 16.1 Introduction 16.2 Cassava 16.3 Potato 16.4 Summary Chapter 17 Cotton 17.1 Introduction 17.2 Climate and Soil Requirements 17.3 Growth and Development 17.4 Yield and Yield Components 17.5 Nutrient Requirements 17.6 Summary Chapter 18 Forage 18.1 Introduction 18.2 Growth and Development 18.3 Grass-Legume Mixtures 18.4 Nutritive Value 18.5 Nitrogen Fixation 18.6 Nutrient Requirements 18.7 Summary Chapter 19 Cover Crops 19.1 Introduction 19.2 Climate and Soil Requirements 19.3 Response to Abiotic and Biotic Factors 19.4 Beneficial Effects of Cover Crops 19.5 Strengths and Limitations 19.6 Management and Fertilizer Requirements 19.7 Strategies for Success in Cover Crop Establishment

EMBRAPA, San Antonio de Goias, GO, Brazil USDA/ARS SPCL, Beltsville, MD, USA Texas A&M University, Dallas, USA

Reviews for Growth and Mineral Nutrition of Field Crops

... well written and illustrated with excellent figures ... includes a lot of important data ...[and] clear and concise definitions. ... recommended as a first reference. ... would also be an excellent textbook. -Journal of Plant Physiology The success of the 'Green Revolution' has enabled agriculture to keep pace with the relentless growth of human populations through the development of semi-dwarf crops resistant to pests and pathogens, whose yield is maintained through the applications of agrochemicals, mineral fertilizers and irrigation. ... The 19 chapters of this excellent book cover many of the aspects of the growth and mineral nutrition of field crops that will be required to achieve sustainable, high-yield agriculture. It provides a general introduction to the mineral nutrition of field crops, environmental factors affecting crop production and the management of soils for sustainable crop production. Individual chapters describe in detail the growth and development, nutritional requirements and management options for the production of wheat and barley, rice, maize, sorghum, soyabean, common bean and cowpea, peanut, sugarcane, cassava and potato, cotton, forage and cover crops. The book will inform the next generation of academics, students, research scientists and extension workers on whose efforts the next 'Evergreen Revolution' will depend. I recommend that they not only read it carefully, but also swiftly put its messages into practice. -Philip J. White, in Experimental Agriculture, 2011, Vol. 47, Issue 3


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