About the book
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.