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Soil Tillage in Agroecosystems D. Mebs

Soil Tillage in Agroecosystems

D. Mebs

Published December 26th 2002
ISBN : 9780849312281
Hardcover
367 pages
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Provides guidance on cultivation methods for preserving soil and soil ecosystems and at what intensity level tillage methods should be applied Uses current research and data to document the consequences of intensive plowing on soil structure, soilMoreProvides guidance on cultivation methods for preserving soil and soil ecosystems and at what intensity level tillage methods should be applied Uses current research and data to document the consequences of intensive plowing on soil structure, soil chemical processes, and soil borne pathogens Details the effects of tillage on specific groups of soil biota Contains contributions from internationally known agricultural scientists Using the knowledge of soil ecology under natural, undisturbed conditions, Soil Tillage in Agroecosystems focuses on how cultivation affects soil and the soil environment. In particular it highlights how methods of soil tillage can influence soil structure, soil chemical processes, soil borne pathogens, and pest species. Covering the aspects of soil tillage on different taxa, the book concludes with a synthesis on the role of soil tillage in securing a sustainable agricultural environment. It provides the scientific basis for choosing different tillage options to achieve the best possible sustainable base for long-lasting agricultural production.