Soil tillage is, and will remain, the guiding component of soil
management and consequently has far-reaching implications for
agroecosystems. Understanding structures and functions of soil
ecosystems under different tillage/no tillage practices is an
essential requirement for any future farming concepts. Soil Tillage
in Agroecosystems emphasizes these aspects in all 12 chapters,
highlighting both the short- and long-term effects of soil
cultivation practices on the soil ecosystem above and below the
soil surface.Using the knowledge of soil ecology under natural,
undisturbed conditions, the text 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 of the role of soil tillage in securing a sustainable
agricultural environment. Soil Tillage in Agroecosystems offers a
broad and comprehensive view of the interrelations of multifaceted
tillage practices and the biological, chemical, and physical
components of soil ecosystems. Tillage effects are highlighted
within the context of the whole farming system, so as to provide
the scientific basis for choosing different tillage options in
order to achieve the best possible sustainable base for
long-lasting agricultural production.
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||Advances in Agroecology
Adel El Titi
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