Advances in Agronomy

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-04-01

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Advances in Agronomy continues to be recognized as a leading reference and a first-rate source for the latest research in agronomy. As always, the subjects covered are varied and exemplary of the myriad of subject matter dealt with by this long-running serial. * Maintains the highest impact factor among serial publications in Agriculture * Presents timely reviews on important agronomy issues * Enjoys a long-standing reputation for excellence in the field

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Phosphorus Solubilization and Potential Transfer to Surface Waters from the Soil Microbial Biomass Following Drying-Rewetting and Freezing-Thawingp. 1
Introductionp. 2
Factors Affecting Solubilization of Phosphorus from the Soil Microbial Biomassp. 5
Factors Controlling Transfer to Surface Watersp. 14
Uncertaintiesp. 19
The Significance of Changing Climate and Soil Managementp. 25
Conclusions and Future Workp. 27
Acknowledgmentsp. 28
Referencesp. 28
Improving Productivity of Crops in Water-Limited Environmentsp. 37
Introductionp. 38
Water-Limited Potential Yieldp. 39
Water as a Limiting Resource: An Analytical and Diagnostic Frameworkp. 42
Water Balance and Transpirationp. 44
Transpiration Efficiencyp. 54
HI: Converting Biomass into Grainp. 57
Yield Improvement by Managementp. 60
Concluding Commentsp. 66
Acknowledgmentsp. 67
Referencesp. 67
Advances in Understanding the Molecular Structure of Soil Organic Matter: Implications for Interactions in the Environmentp. 77
Introductionp. 78
Soil Is an Aqueous Systemp. 81
Evolution of SOM Conceptsp. 85
The "Humic Dilemma" as an Element of Contemporary SOM Conceptsp. 95
Reconciliation of Four Centuries of SOM Researchp. 119
Outlook for the Futurep. 126
Referencesp. 130
Implications of the Knowledge Paradox for Soil Sciencep. 143
Introductionp. 144
Mode-1 Versus Mode-2 Researchp. 146
How to Define "Niches" for Soil Science When Studying the Big Environmental Issues of Todayp. 147
Studying the Seven Soil Functionsp. 149
How to Better Interact with Stakeholders and Policy Makersp. 158
The Internal Issue: How to Become an Effective Community of Scientific Practice?p. 166
Conclusionsp. 168
Referencesp. 169
Grassland Fire Management in Future Climatep. 173
Introductionp. 174
Fire Behavior in Grasslandsp. 178
Fire Spread Prediction in Australian Grasslandsp. 180
Impacts of Climate Change on Fire Spread Predictionp. 193
Implications for Grassland Fire Managementp. 200
Conclusionp. 203
Acknowledgmentsp. 204
Referencesp. 204
Indexp. 209
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