Maria C. Hernandez Soriano

KU LeuvenBelgium

Dr. Maria C. Hernandez-Soriano, PhD, received a BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Granada, Spain, in 2006, where she also completed a MS in Agricultural Sciences in 2007. She carried out her thesis studies within an international agreement between the High Council for Scientific Research in Spain, and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, under the supervision of Dr MD Mingorance, Dr A. Peña and Prof. E. Smolders, receiving a PhD degree in Bioscience Engineering in June 2009. Dr Hernandez-Soriano has been awarded with a significant number of fellowships, including a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct research in North Carolina State University, under the supervision of Prof. D. Hesterberg. She has made a significant number of research contributions that were published in prestigious international peer-reviewed journals in the area of Soil Science, Environmental Sciences, and Chemistry. Her work has been presented internationally in more than 20 conferences. Currently, she holds a Research Position at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where she focus in gaining insights into the composition and molecular characterization of organic matter.

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Soils play multiple roles in the quality of life throughout the world, not only as the resource for food production, but also as the support for our structures, the environment, the medium for waste disposal, water, and the storage of nutrients. A healthy soil can sustain biological productivity, maintain environmental quality, and promote plant and animal health. Understanding the impact of land management practices on soil properties and processes can provide useful indicators of economic and environmental sustainability. The sixteen chapters of this book orchestrate a multidisciplinary composition of current trends in soil health. Soil Health and Land Use Management provides a broad vision of the fundamental importance of soil health. In addition, the development of feasible management and remediation strategies to preserve and ameliorate the fitness of soils are discussed in this book. Strategies to improve land management and relevant case studies are covered, as well as the importance of characterizing soil properties to develop management and remediation strategies. Moreover, the current management of several environmental scenarios of high concern is presented, while the final chapters propose new methodologies for soil pollution assessment.

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