Soil Organic Matter: Key to Sustainable Soils

authored by: A.Raja Rajan
ISBN: 9789395319287 | Binding: Hardback | Pages: 192 | Language: English | Year of Publishing: 2023
Length: 152 mm | Breadth: 15 mm | Height: 229 mm | Imprint: NIPA | Weight: 414 GMS
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Soil health, Carbon sequestration, Microbial activity, Organic farming, Nutrient cycling, Compost decomposition, Soil fertility, Humus content, Sustainable agriculture, Plant nutrition, Decomposer organisms, Soil structure, Agroecology, Carbon storage, Biodegradation, Soil microbiome, Green manure, Cover cropping, Carbon flux, Organic amendments, Agroforestry, Microbial diversity, Ecosystem resilience, Soil conservation, Biodiversity in soil

This book presents a comprehensive examination of soil organic matter, encompassing its composition, distribution, pools, and reactive functional groups, as well as its decomposition, nutrient transformations, and biochemistry of humus formation. Additionally, the book delves into the role of soil organic matter in pedogenic processes, adsorption of organic compounds by clay, clay-organic matter complexes, humus-trace metals interactions, and humus-pesticides interactions. The book also discusses the environmental significance of humic substances and provides a characterization of soil organic matter. Furthermore, the book elucidates the potentials of nuclear techniques in the study of soil organic matter and offers various management practices for building organic matter in soils. The book is a valuable resource for researchers, scholars, and all stakeholders involved in sustainable agriculture and soil organic matter.

1. Introduction

2. Soil Organic Matter Pools

3. Composition, Distribution and Functions of Soil Organic Matter

4. Soil Carbohydrates and Lipids

5. Role of Organic Matter in Pedogenic Processes

6. Decomposition of Organic Residues in Soil

7. Nutrient Transformations in Soil: Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Sulphur

8. Biochemistry of Humus Formation

9. Trace Metal Interactions with Humic Substances

10. Reactive Functional Groups of Humic Substances

11. Adsorption of Organic Compounds by Clay

12. Clay - Organic Matter Complexes-I

13. Clay - Organic Matter Complexes-II: Role of Organic Matter in Forming Stable Soil Aggregates

14. Humus - Pesticides Interactions in Soil

15. Environmental Significance of Humic Substances

16. Characterization of Soil Organic Matter by UV-visible Spectroscopy

17. Characterization of Soil Organic Matter by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

18. Nuclear Techniques for Soil Organic Matter Studies

19. Managing Soil Organic Matter

 20. Analytical Procedures

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