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Soil Health Analysis (2-Volume Set)

By: Douglas L Karlen(Editor), Diane E Stott(Editor), Maysoon M Mikha(Editor)
576 pages, illustrations, tables
Soil Health Analysis (2-Volume Set)
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  • Soil Health Analysis (2-Volume Set) ISBN: 9780891189886 Paperback Nov 2021 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
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The maintenance of healthy soil resources provides the foundation for an array of global efforts and initiatives that affect humanity. Whether they are working to combat food shortages, conserve our ecosystems, or mitigate the impact of climate change, researchers and agriculturalists the world over must be able to correctly examine and understand the complex nature of this essential, fragile resource. These new volumes have been designed to meet this need, addressing the many dimensions of soil health analysis in chapters that are concise, accessible and applicable to the tasks at hand.

Soil Health, Volume 1: Approaches to Soil Health Analysis provides a well-rounded overview of the various methods and strategies available to analysists, and covers topics including:
- The history of soil health and its study
- Challenges and opportunities facing analysists
- Meta-data and its assessment
- Applications to forestry and urban land reclamation
- Future soil health monitoring and evaluation approaches

Soil Health, Volume 2: Laboratory Methods for Soil Health Analysis provides explanations of the best practices by which one may arrive at valuable, comparable data and incisive conclusions, and covers topics including:
- Sampling considerations and field evaluations
- Assessment and interpretation of soil-test biological activity
- Macro- and micronutrients in soil quality and health
- PLFA and EL-FAME indicators

Offering a practical guide to collecting and understanding soil health data, this volume will be of great interest to all those working in agriculture, private sector businesses, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academic-, state-, and federal-research projects, as well as state and federal soil conservation, water quality and other environmental programs.


Volume 1
Dedication   v
Foreword   xi
Preface   xv

Volume 1: Approaches to Soil Health Analysis
1. Soil Health: An Overview and Goals for These Volumes   1 / Douglas L. Karlen, Diane E. Stott, Maysoon M. Mikha, and Bianca N. Moebius-Clune
2. Evolution of the Soil Health Movement   21 / Douglas L. Karlen, Mriganka De, Marshall D. McDaniel, and Diane E. Stott
3. The Utility and Futility of Soil Health Assessment   49 / John F. Obrycki and Lumarie Pérez-Guzmán
4. Metadata: An Essential Component for Interpreting Soil Health Measurements   70 / Jane M.-F. Johnson and Maysoon M. Mikha
5. Soil Health Assessment of Agricultural Lands   79 / Diane E. Stott, Brian Wienhold, Harold van Es, and Jeffrey E. Herrick
6. Soil Health Assessment of Forest Soils   100 / Deborah S. Page-Dumroese, Felipe G. Sanchez, Ranjith P. Udawatta, Charles (Hobie) Perry, and Grizelle González
7. A Risk-Based Soil Health Approach to Management of Soil Lead   139 / Nicholas T. Basta, Alyssa M. Zearley, Jeffory A. Hattey, and Douglas L. Karlen
8. The Future of Soil Health Assessments: Tools and Strategies   169 / Kristen S. Veum, Marcio R. Nunes, and Ken A. Sudduth

Epilogue   199

Volume 2
Dedication   v
Foreword   ix
Preface   xiii

1. Laboratory Methods for Soil Health Assessment: An Overview   1 / Steven R. Shafer, Douglas L. Karlen, Paul W. Tracy, Cristine L.S. Morgan, and C. Wayne Honeycutt
2. Sampling Considerations and Field Evaluations for Soil Health Assessment   17 / Mark A. Liebig, Dennis Chessman, Jonathan J. Halvorson, and Roberto Luciano
3. Soil Organic Carbon Assessment Methods   38 / Charles W. Rice, Carlos B. Pires, James Lin, and Marcos V. M. Sarto
4. Water-Stable Soil Aggregate Assessment   52 / Maysoon M. Mikha and Skye Wills
5. Determination of Infiltration Rate and Bulk Density in Soils   69 / Jalal D. Jabro and Maysoon M. Mikha
6. Chemical Reactivity: pH, Salinity and Sodicity Effects on Soil Health   78 / Yaakov Anker, Vladimir Mirlas, Michael Zilberbrand, and Adi Oren
7. Nutrient Availability: Macro- and Micronutrients in Soil Quality and Health   109 / James A. Ippolito
8. Assessment and Interpretation of Soil-Test Biological Activity   126 / Alan J. Franzluebbers
9. Permanganate Oxidizable Carbon: An Indicator of Biologically Active Soil Carbon   152 / Steve W. Culman, Tunsisa T. Hurisso, and Jordon Wade
10. Is Autoclaved Citrate-Extractable (ACE) Protein a Viable Indicator of Soil Nitrogen Availability?   176 / Tunsisa T. Hurisso and Steve W. Culman
11. Metabolic Activity – Enzymes   194 / Verónica Acosta-Martínez, Lumarie Pérez-Guzmán, Kristen S. Veum, Márcio R. Nunes, and Richard P. Dick
12. PLFA and EL-FAME Indicators of Microbial Community Composition   251 / Kristen S. Veum, Veronica Acosta-Martinez, R. Michael Lehman, Chenhui Li, Amanda Cano, and Marcio R. Nunes
13. Microbial Community Composition, Diversity, and Function   289 / D. K. Manter, J. M. Moore, R. M. Lehman, and A. K. Hamm

Epilogue   324

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Douglas L. Karlen is internationally recognized for his soil health and sustainable agricultural research and technology transfer program. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS), editor/co-editor for seven books, and author or co-author of more than 425 refereed journal, book chapter, and proceedings publications.

Diane E. Stott conducted internationally recognized research focused on crop and soil management impacts on soil health, soil organic matter cycling, enzyme activities and soil erodibility and soil health. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and author or co-author of more than 115 refereed journal, book chapter, and proceedings publications.

Maysoon M. Mikha is nationally and internationally recognized for her agronomic research addressing soil quality/health and land sustainability. She received The Conservation Research Award from the SWCS and was recognized by the SSSA for her excellent editorial skills. She authored and co-authored more than 100 refereed journals, book chapters, and proceedings.

By: Douglas L Karlen(Editor), Diane E Stott(Editor), Maysoon M Mikha(Editor)
576 pages, illustrations, tables
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