In eight concise chapters, "Soil Quality and Biofuel Production" presents a state-of-the-knowledge review of soil properties and processes negatively impacted by crop residue removal. It outlines the ecological consequences of biofuels and evaluates land use in the production of raw material for biofuel. The book then spotlights pressing issues related to corn and cellulosic ethanol and also soil erosion. It offers advice for achieving economic balance in the competition for arable land between food and biofuel along with residue harvest management techniques. A thought-provoking discussion of the opportunities and challenges that biofuel presents rounds out the book's coverage.
In summary, the book is well written and contains lots of valuable information. The presentation and figures are of high quality and the book contains a wealth of information suitable for a range of audiences. In my opinion this book represents a worthy purchase although the price is somewhat restrictive for students. It will make good reading for many agronomy, plant nutrition and agricultural extension professionals. --Davey Jones, The Journal of Experimental Agriculture. 2010
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