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    Tropical Soils Properties and Management for Sustainable Agriculture

    ISBN-10: 0195115988
    ISBN-13: 9780195115987
    Author(s): A. S. R. Juo, Kathrin Franzluebbers, Anthony S. R. Juo
    Description: Agricultural ecology, or agroecology, deals in general with the structure and function of agroecosystems at different levels of resolution. In this text/reference, the authors describe in terms of agroecology the tropical environments of sub-Saharan  More...
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    Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 304
    Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
    Weight: 1.386
    Language: English

    Agricultural ecology, or agroecology, deals in general with the structure and function of agroecosystems at different levels of resolution. In this text/reference, the authors describe in terms of agroecology the tropical environments of sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin and Central America, focusing on production and management systems unique to each region.

    Basic Considerations
    The Tropical Environment
    Climate and vegetation
    Agro-climatic zones
    Farming systems
    Historical lessons
    Summary
    Mineralogy
    Rocks and minerals
    Primary minerals
    Secondary minerals
    Summary
    Soil Chemistry
    Surface and charge properties of soil colloids
    Retention of ions on colloid surfaces
    Soil acidity and toxicity
    Alkalinity, salinity, and sodicity
    Summary
    Soil Physics
    Soil texture
    Soil structure and soil aggregation
    Bulk density, porosity, and pore-size distribution
    Soil-water retention characteristics
    Infiltration and permeability
    Water movement
    Soil solution
    Solute movement
    Soil aeration
    Soil temperature
    Summary
    Soil Biology and Microbiology
    Soil microflora
    Soil fauna
    Summary
    Soil Fertility
    Soil chemical fertility
    Soil physical fertility
    Soil biological fertility
    Summary
    Soil Formation and Classification
    Soil formation
    Pedological classification of soils
    Technical soil classification schemes
    Summary
    Major Arable Soils of the Tropics: A Descriptive Grouping Based on Clay Mineralogy
    Kaolinitic soils
    Oxidic soils
    Allophanic soils
    Smectitic soils
    Production potential and limitations
    Summary
    Properties and Management
    Soil Management: An Overview
    Tillage and seedbed preparation
    Replenishing soil nutrients
    Soil moisture management
    Maintenance of soil organic matter
    Landscape approach to soil and water management
    Summary
    Properties and Management of Kaolinitic Soils
    Properties and use of kaolinitic soils
    Traditional and modern land-use systems
    Soil physical constraints and management
    Soil chemical constraints and management
    Summary
    Properties and Management of Oxidic Soils
    High-base-status and low-base-status oxidic soils
    Physical and chemical properties
    Use and management
    Soil erosion
    Effect of continuous cultivation on soil properties
    Alternative land-use systems
    Summary
    Properties and Management of Smectitic Soils
    Properties of smectitic soils
    Use and management of smectitic soils in wetter regions
    Use of acid sulfate soils
    Use and management of smectitic soils in drier regions
    Summary
    Properties and Management of Allophanic Soils
    Properties of allophanic soils
    Use and management of allophanic soils
    Summary
    Soils and Sustainable Agriculture: Ecological Considerations
    The ecosystem concept
    Agroecosystems
    Summary
    Physical and Chemical Properties of Selected Soil Profiles
    References
    Index

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