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Title Soil health, soil biology, soilborne diseases and sustainable agriculture : a guide / Graham Stirling, Helen Hayden, Tony Pattison and Marcelle Stirling.
Imprint Clayton, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 257 pages)
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
Print version record.
Subject Soil ecology -- Australia.
Soil biology -- Australia.
Soilborne plant diseases -- Australia.
Sustainable agriculture -- Australia.
Australia.
Contents Introduction: soil health, soil biology, sustainable agriculture and evidence-based information -- Soil physical, chemical and biological properties, and the key role of organic matter in promoting soil and plant health -- Organisms in the soil food web and their functions -- Soilborne diseases: a major impediment to crop production -- Impact of natural enemies on soilborne pathogens -- A practical guide to improving soil health and reducing losses from soilborne diseases -- Grain farming systems to improve soil health and enhance biological suppression of soilborne diseases -- Annual and perennial pastures tot improve soil health in grain-cropping systems -- Yield decline of sugarcane: a soil health problem overcome by modifying the farming system -- Vegetable farming systems: the challenge of improving soil health and sustainability in an industry that demands high levels of productivity -- Options for improving soil health and minimising losses from soilborne diseases in perennial horticultural crops -- Key soil health messages, and practices that should be included in holistic soil improvement programs.
Summary "Our capacity to maintain world food production depends heavily on the thin layer of soil covering the Earth's surface. The health of this soil determines whether crops can grow successfully, whether a farm business is profitable and whether an enterprise is sustainable in the long term. Farmers are generally aware of the physical and chemical factors that limit the productivity of their soils but often do not recognise that soil microbes and the soil fauna play a major role in achieving healthy soils and healthy crops.Soil Health, Soil Biology, Soilborne Diseases and Sustainable Agriculture provides readily understandable information about the bacteria, fungi, nematodes and other soil organisms that not only harm food crops but also help them take up water and nutrients and protect them from root diseases. Complete with illustrations and practical case studies, it provides growers and their consultants with holistic solutions for building an active and diverse soil biological community capable of improving soil structure, enhancing plant nutrient uptake and suppressing root pests and pathogens.The book is written by scientists with many years' experience developing sustainable crop production practices in the grains, vegetable, sugarcane, grazing and horticultural industries.This book will be useful for: growers, consultants, agronomists and soil chemists, extension personnel working in the grains, livestock, sugarcane and horticultural industries, professionals running courses in soil health/biological farming, and students taking university courses in soil science, ecology, microbiology, plant pathology and other biological sciences."
Other Author Hayden, Helen, author.
Pattison, Tony, author.
Stirling, Marcelle, author.
Other Title Print version: Stirling, G.R. (Graham R.). Soil health, soil biology, soilborne diseases and sustainable agriculture. Clayton, Vic. CSIRO Publishing, 2016 9781486303045