Soil Resilience

  • K. Sammi ReddyEmail author
  • K. L. Sharma
  • K. Srinivas
  • A. K. Indoria
  • M. Vassanda Coumar
  • Pushpanjali
  • V. Girija Veni
Part of the World Soils Book Series book series (WSBS)


Following an understanding on soil health assessment as well as land evaluation to a particular soil, this chapter highlights the concept of soil quality and soil resilience, and further to develop a minimum data set of soil quality indicators for deriving soil quality index (SQI), and methods for evaluating it through indicator approach to various soil functions. Though the framework for SQI is put in use for monitoring soil quality, efforts are made to use such a framework for resilience purpose to assess ease and degree of recovery of degraded soil. Based on the experiments conducted on farmers’ fields in Madhya Pradesh, it was observed and recorded that the integrated use of wood charcoal (5.4 t/ha) along with balanced fertilization to soybean and wheat crops improved soil resilience index. Further studies on soil resilience were conducted elsewhere across the country in degraded soils. The chapter may thus answer what integration of inputs could achieve effective soil resilience for soil sustainability.


Soil quality Soil resilience Soil resilience index Soil sustainability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Sammi Reddy
    • 1
    Email author
  • K. L. Sharma
    • 1
  • K. Srinivas
    • 1
  • A. K. Indoria
    • 1
  • M. Vassanda Coumar
    • 1
  • Pushpanjali
    • 1
  • V. Girija Veni
    • 1
  1. 1.ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland AgricultureHyderabadIndia

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