Developments in Plant and Soil Sciences

Managing Organic Matter in Tropical Soils: Scope and Limitations

Proceedings of a Workshop organized by the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn (ZEF Bonn) — Germany, 7–10 June, 1999

Editors: Martius, Christopher, Tiessen, Holm, Vlek, Paul (Eds.)

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Soil organic matter is a reservoir for plant nutrients, provides water-holding capacity, stabilizes soil structure against compaction and erosion, and thus determines soil productivity. All agriculture to some degree depends on soil organic matter. It has long been known that soil organic matter declines when land is taken into cultivation, and that the productivity of new agricultural land is governed by fertility contributions from decomposing natural organic matter. The expansion of agriculture to ever new and more fragile lands, particularly in tropical and developing regions, causes environmental degradation with local effects on soil quality, regional effects on landscape integrity and water quality, and global effects on carbon cycles and the atmosphere.

This book summarizes current knowledge of the properties and dynamics of soil organic matter in the tropics, its role in determining soil quality, its stability and turnover, and the options for management in the context of tropical landuse systems, for a readership of resource scientists, economists and advanced students. Maintenance of organic matter is critical for preventing land degradation. Case studies and practical applications are therefore an important part of the book, as are the exploration of future directions in research and management.

Table of contents (22 chapters)

  • The management of organic matter in tropical soils: what are the priorities?

    Martius, C. (et al.)

    Pages 1-6

  • The role and function of organic matter in tropical soils

    Craswell, E. T. (et al.)

    Pages 7-18

  • Soil organic carbon sequestration in tropical areas. General considerations and analysis of some edaphic determinants for Lesser Antilles soils

    Feller, C. (et al.)

    Pages 19-31

  • (Tropical) soil organic matter modelling: problems and prospects

    Keulen, Herman

    Pages 33-39

  • The role of soil microorganisms in soil organic matter conservation in the tropics

    Powlson, David S. (et al.)

    Pages 41-51

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Managing Organic Matter in Tropical Soils: Scope and Limitations
Book Subtitle
Proceedings of a Workshop organized by the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn (ZEF Bonn) — Germany, 7–10 June, 1999
Editors
  • Christopher Martius
  • Holm Tiessen
  • Paul Vlek
Series Title
Developments in Plant and Soil Sciences
Series Volume
93
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-2172-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-2172-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-0455-1
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-5947-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 236
Additional Information
Reprinted from NUTRIENT CYCLING IN AGROECOSYSTEMS, 61:1-2
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