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Soil Processes and Current Trends in Quality Assessment

Natural processes and human activities alter the properties and quality of soils over time. Nowadays, the growing interest in soil protection prompts abundant research to estimate soil quality in wide-ranging environmental scenarios. The assessment of soil quality entails the evaluation of the capability of a soil to perform its functions in present scenarios but also how those functions can be preserved for future land use. Currently, soil processes, physical, chemical, and biological properties are recognized as indicators to estimate soil quality. Soil processes and current trends in quality assessment provides a wide depiction of current research conducted in soil quality assessment, encompassing general studies on soil processes, evaluation of significant indicators of soil quality such as soil organic matter dynamic and soil-plant interaction, while presenting diverse strategies for soil fitness amelioration.

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Soil Processes and Current Trends in Quality AssessmentEdited by Maria C. Hernandez Soriano

Published: February 27th 2013

DOI: 10.5772/45835

ISBN: 978-953-51-1029-3

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-5032-9

Copyright year: 2013

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41224 Total Chapter Downloads

41 Crossref Citations

84 Web of Science Citations

97 Dimensions Citations


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1. The Role of Soil Mineralogy, Geochemistry and Grain Size in the Development of Mediterranean Badlands: A Review

By Vito Summa and Maria Luigia Giannossi


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2. Solute Transport in Soil

By S.E.A.T.M. van der Zee and A. Leijnse


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3. Physical Indicators of Soil Quality in Oxisols Under Brazilian Cerrado

By Diego Antonio França de Freitas, Marx Leandro Naves Silva, Nilton Curi, Mayesse Aparecida da Silva, Anna Hoffmann Oliveira and Sérgio Henrique Godinho Silva


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4. Development of Topographic Factor Modeling for Application in Soil Erosion Models

By Anna Hoffmann Oliveira, Mayesse Aparecida da Silva, Marx Leandro Naves Silva, Nilton Curi, Gustavo Klinke Neto and Diego Antonio França de Freitas


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5. Integrated Indicators for the Estimation of Vulnerability to Land Degradation

By Vito Imbrenda, Mariagrazia D’Emilio, Maria Lanfredi, Tiziana Simoniello, Maria Ragosta and Maria Macchiato


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6. Soil Contamination with Heavy Metals and Petroleum Derivates: Impact on Edaphic Fauna and Remediation Strategies

By Raphael Bastão de Souza, Thiago Guilherme Maziviero, Cintya Aparecida Christofoletti, Tamaris Gimenez Pinheiro and Carmem Silvia Fontanetti


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7. Potassium in Soils of Glacial Origin

By Mariusz Fotyma, Piotr Ochal and Jan Łabętowicz


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8. Stability of Organic Matter in Anthropic Soils: A Spectroscopic Approach

By M.C. Hernandez-Soriano, A. Sevilla-Perea, B. Kerré and M.D. Mingorance


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9. Effect of Crop Rotation and Nitrogen Fertilization on the Quality and Quantity of Soil Organic Matter

By Agnieszka Rutkowska and Dorota Pikuła


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10. Soil Organic Matter Stability as Affected by Land Management in Steppe Ecosystems

By Elmira Saljnikov, Dragan Cakmak and Saule Rahimgalieva


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11. Estimation of Soil Carbon Stock in Taiwan Arable Soils by Using Legacy Database and Digital Soil Mapping

By Chun-Chih Tsui, Horng-Yuh Guo and Zueng-Sang Chen


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12. Changes in Raised Bog Relief During the Holocene Case Study: Polish Carpathian Mountains

By Adam Łajczak


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13. Effects of Water Stress on Germination and Growth of Wheat, Photosynthetic Efficiency and Accumulation of Metabolites

By Rui Guo, Wei Ping Hao, Dao Zhi Gong, Xiu Li Zhong and Feng Xue Gu


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14. The Role of Soil Properties in Plant Endemism – A Revision of Conservation Strategies

By María Luisa Bárcenas-Argüello, Ma. del Carmen Gutiérrez- Castorena and Teresa Terrazas


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15. Leachability and Vegetable Absorption of Heavy Metals from Sewage Sludge Biochar

By Mieko Yachigo and Shinjiro Sato


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16. Response of Soil Microbial Biomass and Enzyme Activities Under Three Temperate Tree Species to Elevated CO2 in Changbai Mountain, Northeastern China

By Jun Qiang Zheng, Ying Wang and Shi Jie Han


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