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The burgeoning demand on the world food supply, coupled with concern over the use of chemical fertilizers, has led to an accelerated interest in the practice of precision agriculture. This practice involves the careful control and monitoring of plant nutrition to maximize the rate of growth and yield of crops, as well as their nutritional value.

The Handbook of Plant Nutrition provides a readily accessible source of highly current and reliable information on the nutritional requirements of the most significant crops being cultivated worldwide. With their introduction, the editors provide an overview of plant nutrients and beneficial elements, distinguishing the difference between the two, and explaining research approaches and diagnostic criteria currently being applied.

What then follows are twenty chapters, each one dedicated to an essential macro or micronutrient or beneficial element. Written by eminent researchers from across the world, each of the chapters-

  • Offers historical information on the specific nutrient, explaining why it is either essential or a beneficial element, giving demonstration of its essentiality and functions in plants

  • Explains how appearance and composition of plants can be used to assess nutritional status

  • Discusses the value of soil tests for assessing nutritional status

  • Recommends fertilizers that can be applied to remedy nutritional deficiencies

    Those chapters that cover beneficial elements discuss the history of the elements with regard to growth and yield, and provide current information concerning their impact on growth stimulation and plant metabolism for particular plant species.

    Of great value to growers, agricultural consultants, agronomists, and plant scientists, this handbook provides a practical easy-to-use reference for determining, monitoring, and improving the nutritional needs of plants. The graphical presentations of plant interactions with nutrients and beneficial elements, and the straight-forward explanations of how nutrient deficiencies arise are especially useful to those seeking knowledge of plant nutrition.

  • Reviews

    "With contributions from over 30 authors worldwide (the majority outside the US), this book provides, in 22 chapters, extensive coverage of 20 essential macronutrients, micronutrients, and beneficial elements . . . This is a resource that likely will be useful over the long term. Summing Up: Recommended."

    – L. C. Davis, Kansas State University, in Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, September 2007, Vol. 45, No. 1

    Contents

    Introduction, Allen V. Barker and David J. Pilbeam

    Essential Elements-Macronutrients

    Nitrogen, Allen V. Barker and Gretchen M. Bryson

    Phosphorus, Charles A. Sanchez

    Potassium, Konrad Mengel

    Calcium, David J. Pilbeam and Philip S. Morley

    Magnesium, Donald J. Merhaut

    Sulfur, Silvia Haneklaus, Elke Bloem, Ewald Schnug, Luit J. de Kok and Ineke Stulen

    Essential Elements-Micronutrients

    Boron, Umesh C. Gupta

    Chlorine, Joseph R. Heckman

    Copper, David E. Kopsel and Dean A. Kopsell

    Iron, Volker Römheld and Miroslav Nikolic

    Manganese, Julia M. Humphries, James C.R. Stangoulis, and Robin D. Graham

    Molybdenum, Russell L. Hamlin

    Nickel, Patrick H. Brown

    Zinc, J. Benton Storey

    Beneficial Elements

    Aluminum, Susan C. Miyasaka, N.V. Hue, and Michael A. Dunn

    Cobalt, Geeta Talukder and Archana Sharmaz

    Selenium, Dean A. Kopsell and David E. Kopsell

    Silicon, George H. Snyder, Vladimir V. Matichenkov and Lawrence E. Datnoff

    Sodium, John Gorham

    Vanadium, David J Pilbeam and K Drihem

    Conclusion, Allen V. Barker and David J Pilbeam

    Name: Handbook of Plant Nutrition (Hardback)CRC Press 
    Description: Edited by Allen V. Barker, David J. PilbeamContributors: Umesh C. Gupta, Volker Romheld, Charles A. Sanchez, Konrad Mengel, Donald J. Merhaut, Silvia Haneklaus, Joseph R. Heckman, Dean A. Kopsell, Julia M. Humphries, Russell L. Hamlin, Patrick H. Brown, J. Benton Storey, Susan C. Miyasaka, Geeta Talukder, George H. Snyder, John Gorham, David Kopsell, Michael A. Dunn, Robin D. Graham, N.V. Hue, Archarna Sharma, Khaled Drihem, Vladimir Matichenkov, Gretchen M. Bryson, Elke Bloem, Lawrence E. Datnoff, Luit J. de Kok, Philip S. Morley, Miroslav Nikolic, Ewald Schnug, James C.R. Stangoulis, Ineke Stulen. The burgeoning demand on the world food supply, coupled with concern over the use of chemical fertilizers, has led to an accelerated interest in the practice of precision agriculture. This practice involves the careful control and monitoring of plant...
    Categories: Botany, Crop Science, Soil Science