Agroecological Approaches for Soil Health and Water Management

Edited by
July 2022
278 pages
  • ISBN978-3-0365-4566-0 (Hardback)
  • ISBN978-3-0365-4565-3 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue Agroecological Approaches for Soil Health and Water Management that was published in

Business & Economics
Environmental & Earth Sciences
Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

In the last century, innovations in agricultural technologies centered on maximizing food production to feed the growing population have contributed to significant changes in agroecosystem processes, including carbon, nutrients, and water cycling. There are growing concerns regarding soil fertility depletion, soil carbon loss, greenhouse gas emissions, irrigational water scarcity, and water pollution, affecting soil health, agricultural productivity, systems sustainability, and environmental quality. Soils provide the foundation for food production, soil water and nutrient cycling, and soil biological activities. Therefore, an improved understanding of biochemical pathways of soil organic matter and nutrient cycling, microbial community involved in regulating soil health, and soil processes associated with water flow and retention in soil profile helps design better agricultural systems and ultimately support plant growth and productivity. This book, Agroecological Approaches in Soil and Water Management, presents a collection of original research and review papers studying physical, chemical, and biological processes in soils and discusses multiple ecosystem services, including carbon sequestration, nutrients and water cycling, greenhouse gas emissions, and agro-environmental sustainability. We covered tillage, nutrients, irrigation, amendments, crop rotations, crop residue management practices for improving soil health, soil C and nutrient cycling, greenhouse gas emissions, soil water dynamics, and hydrological processes.

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land use change; tillage; fertilization; N2O fluxes; subtropical region; paddy field; soil organic carbon; denitrification decomposition (DNDC); climate change; biochar; food security; socio-economics benefits; sustainable agriculture; sustainable environment; evaluation of soil and water conservation; simulated rainfall events; soil denudation; water and sediment process; nitrogen; nitrate leaching; nitrous oxide; soil resilience; soil microbiome; regenerative agriculture; ecological ditch; agroforestry; conservation agriculture; Europe; North Africa; nutrient retention; organic agriculture; soil conservation; water conservation; sodium adsorption ratio; relative feed value, forage nutritive value; oat; alfalfa; forage crops; alternative water source; agriculture landscape; chlorophyll content of citrus; landscape position; soil properties; terraces; soil health indicators; grazing systems; nitrogen; permanganate oxidizable carbon; soil microbial biomass; carbon; isotopic signature; Mustang; natural abundance; nitrogen; nutrient sourcing; maize equivalent yield; nutrient loss; runoff; soil loss; slope; strip-intercropping; water use efficiency; structure optimization; carbon footprint; multi-objective linear programming; circular agriculture; hydrogel; soil quality; chemico-physical properties; sustainability; macronutrient; nutrient deficiency; nutrient uptake; site-specific nutrient management; soil organic matter; soil biodiversity; bacteria; fungi; microarthropods; diatoms; metataxonomic assays