Singh, Bhupinder Pal, Cowie, Annette L., Chan, K. Yin (Eds.)
2011, X, 406 p.
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With contributions from internationally-renowned experts
A valuable source of information for students and researchers in soil, plant and environmental sciences as well as policy makers involved in natural resource management and agriculture
Presents the latest results in the field of soil quality in view of the climate change
“Soil Health and Climate Change” presents a comprehensive overview of the concept of soil health, including the significance of key soil attributes and management of soil health in conventional and emerging land use systems in the context of climate change.
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