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Soil Health Restoration and Management

  • Ram Swaroop Meena
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Mehraj U. Din Dar, Shakeel Ahmad Bhat, Ram Swaroop Meena, Aamir Ishaq Shah
    Pages 1-30
  3. Muhammad Ashar Ayub, Muhammad Usman, Tehmina Faiz, Muhammad Umair, Muhammad Anwar ul Haq, Muhammad Rizwan et al.
    Pages 31-81
  4. Abdullah Adil Ansari, Lydia Ori, Yvonne Indrani Ramnarain
    Pages 83-112
  5. Iván Francisco García-Tejero, Rosa Carbonell, Rafaela Ordoñez, Francisco Perea Torres, Víctor Hugo Durán Zuazo
    Pages 203-230
  6. Víctor Hugo Durán Zuazo, Carmen Rocío Rodríguez Pleguezuelo, Belén Cárceles Rodríguez, Baltasar Gálvez Ruiz, Saray Gutiérrez Gordillo, Pedro Cermeño Sacristán et al.
    Pages 231-278
  7. Katarzyna Adamczewska-Sowińska, Józef Sowiński
    Pages 279-319
  8. Irena Atanassova, Harizanova Milena, Martin Banov
    Pages 321-355
  9. Shivani Garg, Rashmi Paliwal
    Pages 357-380

About this book

Introduction

Meeting the food requirements of an ever-increasing population is a pressing challenge for every country around the globe. Soil degradation has a negative impact on food security by reducing the cultivated land areas, while at the same time the world population is predicted to increase to 9.2 billion in 2050. Soil degradation adversely affects soil function and productivity and degraded soils now amount to 6 billion ha worldwide. The major factors are salinization, erosion, depletion of nutrients due to exhaustive agricultural practices and contamination with toxic metal ions and agrochemicals, which reduces the activity of soil microbe. In addition, poor soil management also decreases fertility.

As such, measures are required to restore the soil health and productivity: organic matter, beneficial microorganisms and nutrient dynamics can all improve the physical, chemical and biological properties of soil.  Understanding the role of soil health restoration and management in sustainability and nutritional security calls for a holistic approach to assess soil functions and examine the contributions of a particular management system within a defined timescale. Further, best management practices in cropping systems are important in ensuring sustainability and food and nutritional security without compromising the soil quality and productivity po­tential. Rational soil management practices must allow environmentally and economically sustain­able yields and restoration of soil health.

Keywords

Crop Productivity Sustainability Soil Restoration Environmental Friendly Agroecosystem

Editors and affiliations

  • Ram Swaroop Meena
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AgronomyInstitute of Agricultural Sciences (BHU)VaranasiIndia

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