Soil Management: Technological Systems, Practices and Ecological Implications


Manuel Esteban Lucas-Borja (Editor)
Castilla La Mancha University, School of Advanced Agricultural Engineering, Department of Agroforestry Technology and Science and Genetics, Albacete, Spain

Series: Air, Water and Soil Pollution Science and Technology
BISAC: PSY038000

Natural ecosystems provide the basic conditions without which humanity could not survive. Goods and services provided by ecosystems include, for example, provisions of food, fibre and fuel, purification of water and air, cultural and aesthetic benefits, stabilization and moderation of the Earth’s climate, generation and renewal of soil fertility, including nutrient cycling or maintenance of genetic resources as key inputs to crop varieties and livestock breeds, medicines, and other products.

However, the ability of natural ecosystems to continue performing these services is seriously threatened since the diversity of plant species and soil are being seriously deteriorated and, in some cases, destroyed. Various studies worldwide have shown that soils do not support intensive annual plant cultivation without fertilizer applications, and even these may not maintain sustainability. Inappropriate silvicultural operations (or the use of land for intensive agricultural purposes) is one of the main causes of soil degradation, and there is therefore worldwide interest in quantifying the loss of soil quality generated by incorrect agricultural operations or forest management practices.

This can only happen if people have the right information, skills, and organizations for understanding and dealing with soil and plant diversity issues. The book shows different studies and research works on the topic of soil management, such us soil degradation, microbiological soil properties, bio-fertilizer soil applications, water dynamics in soil profile, soil erosion and sustainability of soils among others. Transferring information and knowledge within the society is crucial for fighting soil management and soil deterioration. In addition, promoting the sustainable use of soil quality will be of growing importance for maintaining society and biodiversity in the years and decades to come.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1
Impact of Management Practices on Soil Quality: Ecological Implications
(Maria Cristina Moscatelli, Sara Marinari and Ruxandra Papp, Dept. for Innovation in Biological, Agrofood and Forest systems, University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy)

Chapter 2
Biodiesel and Diesel Blends Phytotoxicity in Soil Biodegradation
(Ederio Dino Bidoia, Ivo Shodji Tamada, Paulo Renato Matos Lopes, Jaqueline Matos Cruz and Renato Nallin Montagnolli, UNESP, São Paulo State University, Bioscience Institute Rio Claro, São Paulo, Brazil)

Chapter 3
Geotechnology Applied to Estimate in Soil Loss by Water Erosion
(Francienne Gois Oliveira, Manuel Esteban Lucas Borja, Odivaldo José Seraphim, Departament of Environmental Engineering, University of Uberaba – Uniube/ Uberaba-MG – Brazil, and others)

Chapter 4
Soil Remediation Technologies: Rehabilitating Depleted and Polluted Soils in Sub-Saharan Africa
(Kofi Gyan Quartey and Georgina Dede Arthur, School of Social Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, and others)

Chapter 5
Can Microbiological Soil Properties Recover in the Mid-Term after Wildfires, Climate Change Affection and Post-Fire Thinning? A Case Study in Aleppo Pine Stands in the Southeastern of Spain
(Javier Hedo and Manuel Esteban Lucas Borja, Department of Plant Production and Agricultural Technology, School of Advanced Agricultural Engineering, Castilla La Mancha University, Campus Universitario, Albacete, Spain, and others)

Chapter 6
Biochar Adsorption Properties and the Impact on Naphthalene as a Model Environmental Contaminant and Microbial Community Dynamics – A Triangular Perspective
(N. Maurathan, C. H. Orr and T. K. Ralebitso-Senior, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK)

Chapter 7
Biofertilizer Application in Soil
(Gabriela Mercuri Quiterio, Cassiana Coneglian, Ederio Dino Bidoia, Paulo Renato Matos Lopes, Ana Paula Justiniano Régo, Renato Nallin Montagnolli, Jaqueline Matos Cruz, Elis Marina Turini Claro, José Rubens Moraes Júnior and Artur Blikstad Mauro, UNESP – São Paulo State University, Bioscience Institute, Rio Claro, São Paulo, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 8
Advances on Remote Sensing as Supporting Tool for Hydrological Management
(A. L. Vázquez, M. J. Oates, A. Ruiz-Canales, J. M. Molina-Martínez, D. G. Fernández-Pacheco,L. Ruiz-Peñalver, and V. A. Rodrigues, Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, Spain, and others)

Chapter 9
Hydrophysics: Water Dynamics in Soil Profile
(Valdemir Antonio Rodrigues, Antonio Ruiz Canales, Marcos Antonio Rezende, Vladimir Eliodoro Costa, Departament of Forest, Faculty of Agricultural Science, University Estadual Paulista – FCA/UNESP – Botucatu – São Paulo – Brazil, and others)

Chapter 10
Sustainability of Soil, Water and Forest in Tropical Forest
(Valdemir Antonio Rodrigues, Manuel Esteban Lucas-Borja, José Maria Tarjuelo, Antonio Ruiz Canales, Department of Forest, Faculty of Agricultural Science, University Estadual Paulista – FCA/UNESP – Botucatu – São Paulo – Brazil, and others)

Chapter 11
Managing Soil Erosion in Sub-Saharan Africa Using Modern Technology
(Lister Dube, Georgina Dede Arthur and Kuben Naidoo, Department of Nature Conservation, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Jacobs, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)


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