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By Norman Uphoff, Andrew S. Ball, Erick Fernandes, Hans Herren, Olivier Husson, Mark Laing, Cheryl Palm, Jules Pretty, Pedro Sanchez, Nteranya Sanginga, Janice Thies

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ISBN-13: 9781574445831

International agriculture is now on the crossroads. the fairway Revolution of the final century is wasting momentum. charges of development in meals construction at the moment are declining, with land and water assets turning into scarcer, whereas global inhabitants keeps to develop. we have to proceed to spot and proportion the data that would help profitable and sustainable agriculture structures. those rely crucially on soil. Gaining foreign recognition, Dr. Uphoff’s efforts to advertise and boost sustainable agriculture was once lately featured within the N.Y. occasions Led via Norman Uphoff, the world over popular for his proactive method of international starvation, this quantity brings jointly 102 specialists representing 28 countries and a number of disciplines to record on achievements in sustainable soil-system administration. whereas accepting a few carrying on with position for chemical and different exterior inputs, this publication offers ways that plants should be produced affordably in larger abundance with lessened dependence at the exogenous assets that experience pushed the growth of agriculture some time past. together with the paintings of either researchers and practitioners, this crucial quantity — ·         Explores soil platforms in various weather stipulations ·         Discusses the significance of symbiotic relationships among vegetation and soil organisms, plants as necessary and interdependent individuals in ecosystems ·         Seeks to lessen the gap among clinical examine and technical perform ·         Examines similar issues similar to pest and sickness regulate, weather switch, fertility recovery, and makes use of of tracking and modeling With 50 self-contained chapters, this paintings presents researchers, practitioners, and coverage makers with a finished figuring out of the technological know-how and steps had to make the most of soil platforms for the long term good thing about humankind. for info at the SRI, approach of Rice Intensification being constructed by means of Uphoff and others, visit

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Soil moisture changes are part of the overall hydrological cycle that includes not just rain, wind, and extreme storm events, but also evaporation, erosion, and interactions with the aboveground climate. Our scientific knowledge has advanced to the point where soil moisture levels and distribution are now being monitored by two satellite systems, Aqua from NASA and ADEOS II from Japan, as part of weather forecasting, recognizing that the underground supplies and the movement of water substantially affect the wider climate.

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The innovations and evaluations reported in Chapters 18, 19, 21 –23, 28, 29, 31, 34, 41, and 42 are ones with which members of our editorial group were personally acquainted or involved. We were encouraged also by other work that we were learning about, undertaken by colleagues from around the world and reported in other chapters in Part III and Part IV. This volume is intended to communicate the scope and substance of biological approaches to managing soil systems (a) to scientists who have an interest in innovation and practice, and (b) to practitioners who are concerned with improving agriculture on a broader scale, both spatially and over time, based on better scientific understandings.

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