Advances in Agronomy, 1st Edition

Advances in Agronomy, 1st Edition,Donald Sparks,ISBN9780123942753

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  • Maintains the highest impact factor among serial publications in agriculture
  • Presents timely reviews on important agronomy issues
  • Enjoys a long-standing reputation for excellence in the field


Advances in Agronomy continues to be recognized as a leading reference and a first-rate source for the latest research in agronomy. As always, the subjects covered are varied and exemplary of the myriad of subject matter dealt with by this long-running serial.


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Donald Sparks

Donald L. Sparks is the S. Hallock du Pont Chair in Soil and Environmental Chemistry, Francis Alison Professor and Director of the Delaware Environmental Institute at the University of Delaware. He is internationally recognized for his landmark research on the kinetics and mechanisms of metal/oxyanion/nutrient reactions at biogeochemical interfaces. His pioneering studies on kinetic processes in soils and minerals include the development of widely used and novel kinetic methods, elucidation of rate-limiting steps and mechanisms over a range of spatial and temporal scales, and coupling of real-time kinetic studies with in-situ molecular scale investigations. His discoveries on the speciation, formation rates and stability mechanisms of metal hydroxide surface precipitates, and their role in the retention and bioavailability of toxic metals in the terrestrial environment, have received worldwide attention. This research has led to more effective soil remediation strategies and predictive models. He is the author or coauthor of 286 publications. These include: 11 edited books, 53 book chapters, and 219 refereed papers. He is the author of two widely adopted textbooks, Kinetics of Soil Chemical Processes and Environmental Soil Chemistry (two editions) published by Academic Press. Dr. Sparks is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher; his research has been cited more than 8380 times and his h-index is 53 (Web of Science). Dr. Sparks has served as editor of Advances in Agronomy since 1991, having edited 77 volumes. He has given over 200 invited presentations at scientific conferences throughout the world, and been a lecturer at 98 universities and institutes in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He has received numerous honors and awards including Fellow of five scientific societies, national and international research awards, distinguished fellowships and lectureships, and teaching and mentoring awards. He has advised 90 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers and been the recipient of more than $50 million in research funding. He served as President of both the Soil Science Society of America and the International Union of Soil Sciences.

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S.Hallock du Pont Chair in Soil and Environmental Chemistry and Director, Delaware Environmental Institute, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA

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Advances in Agronomy, 1st Edition

Maize Production in a Changing Climate
1. Introduction
2. Likely Climate Scenarios for Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia and Identification of Hot Spots
3. Adaptation Technologies and Practices for Addressing Near-Term and Progressive Climate Change
4. Mitigation Technologies and Practices for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Enhancing Carbon-Storages
5. Conclusions
Environmental Chemistry of Silver in Soils
1. Introduction
2. Silver Chemistry
3. Geochemical Occurrence and Mineralogy
4. Silver as a Metal Contaminant
5. Ion Exchange Reactions
6. Silver and Soft Metal Sorption on Soils and Soil Components
7. Silver and Soft Metal Desorption on Soils and Soil Components
8. Dissolution of Silver Minerals and Nanoparticles
9. Areas for Future Research
Significance of Phosphorus for Agriculture and the Environment in the West Asia and North Africa Region
1. Introduction
2. Phosphorus: Agriculture and Environment
3. The West Asia–North Africa Region
4. An Overview of Phosphorus in Soils
5. Phosphorus and Crop Responses in West Asia–North Africa
6. Phosphorus Nutrition: Alternative Approaches
7. Modeling of Phosphorus
8. Future Perspective
A Decision Support Framework for Effective Design and Placement of Vegetated Buffer Strips Within Agricultural Field Systems
1. Introduction
2. Development of the Buffers DSS Tool
3. Development of Model-Aided Design Decisions
4. A Decision Support System for Buffer Placement and Design
5. Conclusions
Biological Nitrification Inhibition—A Novel Strategy to Regulate Nitrification in Agricultural Systems
1. Introduction
2. Biological Nitrification Inhibition
3. Concluding Remarks
4. Perspectives
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