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Silicon in Nature and Agriculture

Edited by Renato de Mello Prado

Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil

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grasses and silicon leguminous and silicon soil silicon fertilization silica sand phytoliths leaf silicon fertilization silicon sources plant silicon analysis plant silicon uptake role of silicon in plants biotic stress mitigation abiotic stress mitigation plant silicon biofortification silicon and human nutrition silicon dioxide silicate minerals quartz siliceous sponges biogenic silica

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Silicon is a beneficial element for plants and is essential to human health. The absorption of silicon by large crops can guarantee a sustainable production. This occurs because silicon can mitigate biotic and abiotic stresses, minimize the use of pesticides, and thus be of benefit to the environment. The mineralogical composition of the soil is an important factor that must be considered in agriculture because it directs the type of chemical management of the soil and influences considerably the crop production. To achieve this goal, important topics need to be addressed in this book, such as response of legumes and grasses to silicon, soil and foliar silicon fertilization, silicon sources, silicon analysis in plants, silicon uptake per plant, silicon role in plants, silicon and biotic stress mitigation (fungi, bacteria and pests), silicon and abiotic stress mitigation (water stress, saline stress, heavy metal stress and nutritional stress), silicone biofortification, silicon and human nutrition, silicon-rich inorganic compounds such as silicon dioxide, silicon minerals, silica sand, quartz, biogenic silica, phytoliths, kaolinite and montmorillonite. 

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Renato de Mello Prado

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Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil

Dr. Renato de Mello Prado is a native of Brazil and he received his Ph.D. in Agronomy (Crop Production) from São Paulo State University “Julio de Mesquita Filho”, Brazil. He has a postdoctoral degree in Plant Nutrition from the Navarra University Public and Córdoba University, Spain. He has expertise in plant nutrition and currently is Associate Professor at São Paulo State University, Câmpus Jaboticabal, Brazil. He coordinates the Plant Nutrition Study Group-GenPlant and his main research focuses are nutritional disorders study, nutrient mobility, leaf nutrition, nutritional efficiency, silicon, leaf analysis and crop nutrition.

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