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Elements of the Nature and Properties of Soils
by Nyle C. Brady, Raymond Weil

With an emphasis on the fundamentals, this book explores the important world of soils and the principles that can be used to minimize the degradation and destruction of one of our most important natural resources. Fully updated in this edition, it includes the latest information on soil colloids; nutrient cycles and soil fertility; and soils and chemical pollution. This edition is filled with hundreds of new figures and photos and continues to use examples from many fields, including agriculture, forestry, and natural resources. Taking an ecological approach, it emphasizes how the soil system is interconnected and the principles behind each soil concept. Updated information in this edition includes:

Engineering properties of soils
Expanded treatment of soil quality, soil degradation and soil resilience
A new section on septic tank drain fields
Expanded section on irrigation management
A new section on wetlands and their poorly aerated soils

Publisher: Prentice Hall Pub. Date: June 29, 2009 ISBN-13: 9780135014332 624pp Edition Number: 3

Price: $157.80
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Soil Fertility and Fertilizers
by John L. Havlin, Samuel L. Tisdale, Werner L. Nelson, S. Tisdale, J. Beaton

Long regarded as the leading book in the field, this volume provides a basic introduction to the biological, chemical, and physical properties affecting soil fertility and plant nutrition. It covers all aspects of nutrient management for profitable crop production, with particular attention to minimizing the environmental impact of soil and fertilizer management. The Seventh Edition has been substantially revised to reflect rapidly advancing knowledge and technologies in both plant nutrition and nutrient management. Crop specific data to estimate nutrient status and needs for many diverse products are provided, as well as example calculations that are routinely used in the market make this a comprehensive resource tool. Nutrient management, water use, and economics are all fully covered. Comprehensive discussions of the development and use of nutrient recommendation systems make this an excellent reference and must-read for soil professionals, technical service providers, extension agents, and crop consultants.

Publisher: Prentice Hall Pub. Date: July 2004 ISBN-13: 9780130278241 528pp Edition Description: REV Edition Number: 7

Price: $161.15
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Soil in the Environment
by Daniel Hillel

Key for every course in soil science, earth science, and environmental disciplines, this textbook engages students to critically look at soil as the central link in the function and creation of the terrestrial environment. For the first time, Dr. Hillel brilliantly discusses soils as a natural body that is engaged in dynamic interaction with the atmosphere above and the strata below that influences the planet's climate and hydrological cycle, and serves as the primary habitat for a versatile community of living organisms.

Soil in the Environment offers a larger perspective of soil's impact on the environment by organizing chapters among three main processes: Physical, Chemical and Biology. It provides students of geology, physical science, and environmental studies with fundamental information and tools for meeting the natural resource challenges of the 21st Century, while providing students of soil science and ecology with the understanding of physical and biological interactions necessary for sustainability.

Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books Pub. Date: December 2007 ISBN-13: 9780123485366 325pp Edition Description: New Edition Edition Number: 1

Price: $79.95
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Soil Solarization: Theory and Practice

Soil Solarization: Theory and Practice summarizes and updates the vast amount of information on soil solarization made available in the 20 years since the previous book on this topic was published. It provides the reader with an updated and comprehensive view of the solarization concept and its application, including the disinfestation of soils of plant pathogens and pests, innovations in the implementation of integrated pest management practices, and the importance of these technologies in view of changes in the kinds and uses of soil fumigants. It also summarizes new post-plant treatments for controlling plant pests and pathogens and the technology of soil disinfestation in various cropping systems.

Soil solarization is a relatively new, nonchemical method of pest and pathogen control by soil disinfestation. It was the environmentally friendly, cost effective answer to the methyl bromide crisis and through this book everyone in agriculture can come to understand the benefits of the concept made possible through advances in plastic mulch technology.

Soil Solarization: Theory and Practice is well suited for a variety of crops and agricultural expertise levels. Extension experts, policy makers in agriculture, and growers, as well as professionals employed at universities, private research organizations, and plant protection services, and even individuals involved in agriculture or agrochemistry will all come to rely on this book. It can also be helpful for those teaching students an introductory course of plant pathology, crop protection, and pest and disease management.

Price: $199.00
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The Nature and Properties of Soil
by Nyle C. Brady, Raymond Weil

The now venerable textbook, founded in 1922, introduces the fundamental principles of soil science both for students whose only expose to the discipline will be the one class, and for those embarking on a career in it. It emphasizes throughout the soil as a natural resource, highlighting its interaction with other components of forest, range, agriculture, wetland, and constructed systems. Following the trend in recent editions, the 13th has grown with new graphics and topics. Previous editions are cited in Books for College Libraries, 3d. ed.. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Prentice Hall Pub. Date: September 2007 ISBN-13: 9780132279383 992pp Edition Description: New Edition Edition Number: 14

Price: $135.95
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