Soils, Ecosystem Processes, and Agricultural Development

Tropical Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa

Editors: Funakawa, Shinya (Ed.)

  • Presents basic study of pedology and ecology to understand past and present problems in tropical agriculture
  • Discusses agricultural development based on soils, ecosystem and agricultural perspectives
  • Serves as an effective approach in environmental agronomy for analyzing the linkage between environmental problems and agricultural production, both of which are indispensable for human society
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The main objective of this book is to integrate environmental knowledge observed in local agriculture, based on the understanding of soils science and ecology, and to propose possible technical solutions and a more integrated approach to tropical agriculture. The chapters describe and analyze the ecological and technical countermeasures available for mitigating environmental degradation due to the increasing agricultural activities by humans, based on our scientific understanding of traditional agriculture in the tropics. This is an effective approach, as such ecological and technical tools previously involved in traditional activities are expected to be easily incorporated into present agricultural systems. The book starts with a rather classical pedological issue and analyzed traditional agricultural practices with different resource management strategies in terms of their modification of natural biological processes. It focuses on the present situation of tropical agriculture; that is, resource utilization in modern agriculture after application of technical innovation (increased application of chemical fertilizers as well as agricultural chemicals). Here, possible technical approaches to resource management that reasonably support agricultural production whilst mitigating environmental degradation are discussed. The negative impacts of agricultural development on our environment are rapidly growing, yet we are increasingly dependent on the agricultural sector for food and energy. The situation is similar in the tropics, where subsistence agriculture with low input management has long comprised most agricultural systems. Comparison of ecological and/or agronomical studies between different continents are still rare; therefore, this analysis may help clarify what is an essential problem when considering technical transportation beyond continents and/or between temperate and tropical regions.

About the authors

Editor: Dr. Shinya FUNAKAWA (Dr. Agr.) Professor, Graduate School of Agriculture (and Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, dual appointment), Kyoto University, Japan

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Funakawa, Shinya

    Pages 1-7

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  • Parent Materials and Climate Control Secondary Mineral Distributions in Soils of Kalimantan, Indonesia

    Watanabe, Tetsuhiro (et al.)

    Pages 11-34

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  • Influence of Climatic Factor on Clay Mineralogy in Humid Asia: Significance of Vermiculitization of Mica Minerals Under a Udic Soil Moisture Regime

    Funakawa, Shinya (et al.)

    Pages 35-64

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  • Soil-Forming Factors Determining the Distribution Patterns of Different Soils in Tanzania with Special Reference to Clay Mineralogy

    Funakawa, Shinya (et al.)

    Pages 65-83

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  • Soil Fertility Status in Equatorial Africa: A Comparison of the Great Rift Valley Regions and Central/Western Africa

    Funakawa, Shinya (et al.)

    Pages 85-101

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eBook 118,99 €
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Hardcover 155,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-4-431-56482-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Soils, Ecosystem Processes, and Agricultural Development
Book Subtitle
Tropical Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa
Editors
  • Shinya Funakawa
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
Springer Japan KK
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-56484-3
DOI
10.1007/978-4-431-56484-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-4-431-56482-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 392
Number of Illustrations and Tables
71 b/w illustrations, 55 illustrations in colour
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