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Understanding Vineyard Soils

Explains to a wide audience how soils form and why they are so variable
Describes essential chemical and physical processes involving nutrients, water, oxygen and carbon dioxide, moderated by the activities of soil organisms
Proposes remedies to alleviate adverse conditions such as soil acidity, compaction, poor drainage and salinity

By: Robert E White (Author)

272 pages, colour plates; 121 illustrations

Oxford University Press USA

Hardback | Mar 2015 | Edition: 2 | #217574 | ISBN-13: 9780199342068
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About this book

The first edition of Understanding Vineyard Soils, published in 2009, has been praised for its comprehensive coverage of soil topics relevant to viticulture, and is a major resource for professionals in the industry. However, the subject is not static – new developments are occurring in the field all the time. For example, the 'organic movement' in viticulture continues to grow in importance and the emphasis on wine quality relevant to quantity is changing in an increasingly competitive world market. The promotion of organic and biodynamic practices has raised a general awareness about 'soil health' and methods to assess it, which is often associated primarily with the biological status of the soil. Many commercial laboratories offer an extensive range of tests for soil (biological) health, the relevance of which is not clear to many growers. However, the development of new tools for characterizing soil microorganisms and identifying the specific functions of taxonomic groups is an exciting area of research that may offer answers to some of these questions in the future. This second edition of White's influential book presents the latest updates and developments in vineyard and soil management practices. Just like the first edition, Understanding Vineyard Soils introduces readers from all backgrounds to the principles of viticulture.

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1 What Makes a Healthy Soil?
2 Soil Selection and Site Preparation
3 The Nutrition of Grapevines
4 Where the Vine Roots Live
5 The Living Soil
6 Putting It All Together


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Robert White has had an outstanding international career in soil, water and nutrient management for more than 40 years. After working for many years in broad-acre agriculture, he turned his attention to the fascinating interaction between soil and the flavor and aromas of wines world-wide, a topic that happily marries sensory pleasure with science.

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