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Innovative Soil-Plant Systems for Sustainable Agricultural Practices
Interest in the quality and health of soil has grown with the recognition that soil is vital not only to production of food and fiber, but also the smooth functioning of the ecosystem, and overall environmental stability. Agriculture needs economic soil management practices that provide sufficient food and yet maintain environmental stability, ecological integrity, and the quality of essential resources. Strategies for sustainable management include conserving essential soil components, minimising erosion, balancing production with environmental needs, and making better use of renewable resources. In this regard, soil health is a major indicator of sustainable management. Criteria for indicators of soil health are useful in defining ecosystem processes and sensitivity to managments and climatic variations and in integrating physical, chemical and biological soil properties. Numerous experts e.g. agricultural specialists, producers, conservationists, and policy makers, etc might estensively need those criteria and data for sustainable management practices. Although soils gain certain biological, chemical and physical properties within a given ecosystem, the ultimate determinant of soil productivity, sustainability and health is the land manager. The assessment of health and quality of soil is the primary indicator of sustainable management and environmental remediation. Examples given include approaches for assessing soil health, defining the economic and environmental sustainability of land management practices, and translating our science into practice.
540 pages; ISBN 9789264099722
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