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Productivity Press
09 February 2017
The world population is projected to reach nine billion by 2050, and in the coming years, global food demand is expected to increase by 50% or more. Higher crop productivity gains in the future will have to be achieved in developing countries through better natural resources management and crop improvement. After nitrogen, phosphorus (P) has more widespread influence on both natural and agricultural ecosystems than any other essential plant element. It has been estimated that 5.7 billion hectares of land worldwide contain insufficient amounts of available P for sustainable crop production, and P deficiency in crop plants is a widespread problem in various parts of the world. However, it has been estimated that worldwide minable P could last less than 40 years. For sustaining future food supplies, it is vital to enhance plant P use efficiency.

To bring the latest knowledge and research advances in efficient management of P for economically viable and environmentally beneficial crop production in sustainable agriculture, Phosphorus Management in Crop Production contains chapters covering functions and diagnostic techniques for P requirements in crop plants, P use efficiency and interactions with other nutrients in crop plants, management of P for optimal crop production and environmental quality, and basic principles and methodology regarding P nutrition in crop plants. The majority of research data included are derived from many years of field, greenhouse, and lab work, hence the information is practical in nature and will have a significant impact on efficient management of P-fertilizers to enhance P use efficiency, improve crop production, promote sustainable agriculture, and reduce P losses through eluviations, leaching, and erosion to minimize environmental degradation.

A comprehensive book that combines practical and applied information, Phosphorus Management in Crop Production is an excellent reference for students, professors, agricultural research scientists, food scientists, agricultural extension specialists, private consultants, fertilizer companies, and government agencies that deal with agricultural and environmental issues.
By:   Nand Kumar Fageria, Zhenli He (University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Ft. Pierce, Florida, USA), Virupax C. Baligar (USDA/ARS, Beltsville, Maryland, USA)
Imprint:   Productivity Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 178mm, 
Weight:   816g
ISBN:   9781498705868
ISBN 10:   1498705863
Pages:   360
Publication Date:   09 February 2017
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
World phosphate situation and factors affecting phosphorus availability to plants in soil Introduction Historical overview World phosphate rock reserves and resources Mineralogy of phosphate rocks Glossary of phosphorus related terms Cycle in soil-plant system Organic phosphorus in soils Inorganic phosphorus in soils Reactions of phosphorus fertilizers in soil Evaluation and utilization of residual phosphorus in soils Factors influencing phosphorus availability to plants Conclusions References Functions of phosphorus in crop plants Introduction Functions Conclusions References Diagnostic techniques for phosphorus requirements in crop plants Introduction Phosphorus deficiency, sufficiency and toxicity diagnostic techniques Phosphorus concentration in plants Phosphorus uptake in plants Phosphorus harvest index Phosphorus requirement of cereals Phosphorus requirement of legumes Conclusions References Phosphorus use efficiency in crop plants Introduction Definition of mineral nutrient efficiency and nutrient efficient plants Types of phosphorus use efficiency and mathematical equations for their calculation Phosphorus use efficiency versus crop yield Mechanisms responsible for variation in P use efficiency in crop plants Breeding crop species/genotypes for improved phosphorus use efficiency Enhancing phosphorus use efficiency in crop species/genotypes Molecular and genetic approach to improve phosphorus use efficiency Conclusions References Phosphorus interactions with other nutrients Introduction Phosphorus interactions with macronutrients Phosphorus versus micronutrients Phosphorus versus soil salinity Conclusions References Phosphorus and environment Introduction Transport of phosphorus from agricultural lands to aquatic environment Management practices to reduce phosphorus loss from soil-plant system Conclusions References Management practices for optimizing phosphorus availability to crop plants Introduction Soil management Fertilizer management Crop management Conclusions References Phosphorus nutrition research in crop plants: basic principles and meyhodology Introduction Research under controlled conditions Research under field conditions Conclusions References

Nand Kumar Fageria received his PhD in agronomy, and had been senior research soil scientist at the National Rice and Bean Research Center, Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuaria, since 1975. Dr. Fageria was a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the area of mineral nutrition of crop plants and a research fellow and an ad hoc consultant for the Brazilian Scientific and Technological Research Council (CNPq) since 1989. Dr. Fageria was the first to identify zinc deficiency in upland rice grown on Brazilian Oxisols in 1975. He had developed crop genotype screening techniques for aluminum and salinity tolerance and nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc use efficiency. Dr. Fageria also established adequate soil acidity indices like pH, base saturation, Al saturation, and Ca, Mg, and K saturation for dry bean grown on Brazilian Oxisols in conservation or no-tillage system. He also determined adequate and toxic levels of micronutrients in soil and plant tissues of upland rice, corn, soybean, dry bean, and wheat grown on Brazilian Oxisols. Dr. Fageria determined adequate rate of N, P, and K for lowland and upland rice grown on Brazilian lowland soils, locally known as Varzea and Oxisols of Cerrado region, respectively. He also screened a large number of tropical legume cover crops for acidity tolerance and N, P, and micronutrient use efficiency. Dr. Fageria characterized chemical and physical properties of Varzea soils of several states of Brazil, which can be helpful in better fertility management of these soils for sustainable crop production. Dr. Fageria also determined adequate rate and sources of P and acidity indices for soybean grown on Brazilian Oxisols. The results of all these studies have been published in scientific papers, technical bulletins, book chapters, and congress or symposium proceedings. Dr. Fageria was the author/coauthor of twelve books and more than 320 scientific journal articles, book chapters, review articles, and technical bulletins. His four books, individually titled The Use of Nutrients in Crop Plants published in 2009; Growth and Mineral Nutrition of Field Crops, third edition, published in 2011; The Role of Plant Roots in Crop Production published in 2013; and Mineral Nutrition of Rice published in 2014, are among the best-sellers of CRC Press. Dr. Fageria had been invited several times by the editor of Advances in Agronomy, which is a well-established and highly regarded serial publication, to write review articles on nutrient management, enhancing nutrient use efficiency in crop plants, ameliorating soil acidity by liming on tropical acid soils for sustainable crop production, and the role of mineral nutrition on root growth of crop plants. He had been an invited speaker to several national and international congresses, symposiums, and workshops. He was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Plant Nutrition and Brazilian Journal of Plant Physiology and since 1990 he was member of the international steering committee of symposiums on plant-soil interactions at low pH. He was an active member of the American Society of Agronomy and Soil Science Society of America. Zhenli He received his PhD in soil environmental chemistry from Zhejiang University of China and is currently research foundation professor of soil and water sciences at the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Indian River Research and Education Center, Fort Pierce, Florida. Dr. He teaches soil quality and nanotechnology application in food, agriculture, and environment courses to graduate and undergraduate students. He has trained over 60 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scientists. His research interests include biogeochemical processes of nutrients and contaminants in soil and the environment, soil/water quality and remediation, bioavailability and utilization efficiency of nutrients and fertilizers, plant nutrition, and nanotechnology application. Dr. He studied soil chemistry of phosphorus since 1985 and published more than 60 papers related to biogeochemistry, bioavailability, and cycling of phosphorus in agroecosystems of tropical and subtropical regions. He is the author/coauthor of two books, 28 book chapters, and more than 200 refereed academic journal articles. He serves as an editor for the Journal of Soils and Sediments, and on the editorial board for several other journals. Dr. He is a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and Soil Science Society of America. Virupax C. Baligar earned his PhD in agronomy and physiology and currently is a senior research scientist with the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, at Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, Maryland. He is author, coauthor, and coeditor of several books and more than 290 scientific journal articles, book chapters, and review papers and is an elected fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and Soil Science Society of America. Dr. Baligar has served as advisor, consultant, and collaborator on international research programs in Brazil, Peru, China, Chile, Greece, New Zealand, Germany, the Netherlands, and Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia, Montenegro, and Macedonia (former Yugoslavia). He served as advisor to the World Bank, OAS, and Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuaria programs in Brazil and served as advisor and committee member for MS and PhD students at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia; West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia; Beijing Agricultural University, Beijing, China; National Agricultural University, La Molina, Lima, Peru; University of Florida, IRREC Fort Pierce, TREC Homestead, Florida; and California State University, Dominguez, Carson, California.

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