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This book looks at historical developments of soil / plant interactions and then covers in depth the following subjects: crop science and plant genetics, soil fertility and organic matter, nitrogen and phosphorous cycles and their management, properties and management of plant nutrients, water and the soil physical environment and its management, plants and change processes in soils, and management of the soil / plant system. It concentrates on new challenges including food, energy and water security in the changing environment and includes examples and literature from around the globe.
Peter J. Gregory is Chief Executive of East Malling Research and a Professor at the Centre for Food Security, School of Agriculture, Policy & Development, University of Reading. He is also the author of the Wiley-Blackwell-published book, Plant Roots, and co-author of the second edition of Science and the Garden.
Stephen Nortcliff is Emeritus Professor at the Soil Research Centre, Department of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Reading.
Table of Contents
1 The historical development of studies on soil–plant interactions
Stephen Nortcliff and Peter J. Gregory
1.2 The search for the ‘principle’ of vegetation, –1750
1.3 The search for plant nutrients
1.4 The beginnings of soil microbiology
1.5 The development and application of modern knowledge of soils
2 Plant and crop science
2.1 Introductory principles of resource capture by crops
2.2 Growth and development
2.3 Solar radiation
2.5 Integrating principles of resource capture by crops
3 Soil fertility
Elizabeth A. Stockdale, Keith W.T. Goulding, Timothy S. George, and Daniel V. Murphy