Enhancing Soil Health to Mitigate Soil Degradation by Douglas L. KarlenEnhancing Soil Health to Mitigate Soil Degradation by Douglas L. Karlen

Enhancing Soil Health to Mitigate Soil Degradation

Guest editorDouglas L. Karlen, Charles W. Rice

Paperback | June 12, 2017

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Five of the top ten problems facing humanity (http://cnst.rice.edu/content.aspx?id=246) over the next 50 years (food, water, energy, environment and poverty) are directly related to the health of soil resources. Several different factors, including: (a) excessive tillage; (b) inappropriate crop rotations; (c) excessive grazing or crop residue removal; (d) deforestation; (e) mining and/or fracking; and (f) construction or urban sprawl, have contributed to the global problem of soil degradation. Understanding and implementing sustainable agricultural and land management practices that improve soil health is essential for mitigating and reversing these trends, if we are to successfully meet the needs of more than 9.5 billion people who will be sharing our fragile planet by the middle of the 21st century.

The overall focus for this Special Issue was on agricultural factors contributing to soil degradation and suggested strategies for mitigating and reversing those trends. The discussion was anchored by invited contributions reflecting perspectives from Africa, Australia, China, Eastern Europe, India, Latin America, North America, Russia, and Western Europe. Voluntary contributions were evaluated, and incorporated into the issue to provide a global perspective on soil degradation and strategies to mitigate its devastating effects.

This Special Issue draws upon published literature addressing soil quality and/or soil health, soil and crop management strategies to mitigate soil degradation, and future research needs and strategies that will steadily improve the fragile layer that lies between us and starvation. Your participation and contributions to this important endeavor were most welcome.

Title:Enhancing Soil Health to Mitigate Soil DegradationFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:336 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 0.91 inShipping dimensions:9.61 × 6.69 × 0.91 inPublished:June 12, 2017Publisher:MDPI AGLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3038423580

ISBN - 13:9783038423584


Table of Contents

1) Soil Degradation: Will Humankind Ever Learn?
2) Restoring Soil Quality to Mitigate Soil Degradation
3) Soil Quality Indices for Evaluating Smallholder Agricultural Land Uses in Northern Ethiopia
4) Threats to Sustainability of Soil Functions in Central and Southeast Europe
5) Understanding and Enhancing Soil Biological Health: The Solution for Reversing Soil Degradation
6) History of East European Chernozem Soil Degradation; Protection and Restoration by Tree Windbreaks in the Russian Steppe
7) Do Current European Policies Prevent Soil Threats and Support Soil Functions?
8) The State of Soil Degradation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Baselines, Trajectories, and Solutions
9) Monitor Soil Degradation or Triage for Soil Security? An Australian Challenge
10) Soil Degradation in India: Challenges and Potential Solutions
11) North American Soil Degradation: Processes, Practices, and Mitigating Strategies
12) Soil Quality Impacts of Current South American Agricultural Practices
13) The Soil Degradation Paradox: Compromising Our Resources When We Need Them the Most
14) Soil Degradation and Soil Quality in Western Europe: Current Situation and Future Perspectives
15) Wind Erosion Induced Soil Degradation in Northern China: Status, Measures and Perspective