Agricultural Soil Sustainability and Carbon Management presents long-term research in the field of sustainable soil use and management to guide in the prioritizing the multifunctional value of soil health and addressing interdisciplinary links between major issues such as biodiversity and climate change. As soil is the largest terrestrial carbon pool, as well as a significant contributor of greenhouse gases, much progress can be made toward curtailing the climate crisis by sustainable soil management practices.The book provides valuable insight into the soil and carbon management, the research gaps and the methodological challenges for research into soil carbon management will be include over the decades.
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Author BiographySunita Kumari Meena is Assistant Professor (Soil Science) at the Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University, Pusa-Samastipur (Bihar), India. She served as a research scholar at both Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi and at ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. She has received several fellowships and awards based on her work in soil science. She has published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, Ecological Engineering, Scientia Horticulturae, Environmental Science and Pollution Research and Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology as well as contributing chapters to books. Ademir de Oliveira Ferreira, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Professor at Federal Rural University of Pernambuco-UFRPE. He has received a Certificate of Outstanding Contribution as Reviewer, Ecological Indicators (2016, 2017, 2018) and Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment (2017); 'World's Top Peer Reviewers' for Environment/ Ecology - 'Peer Review Awards 2018'; Maria Menezes Research Award (Agricultural Sciences), UFRPE (2018). He has authored/co-authored 59 refereed journal articles and 14 book chapters. He has experience in the field of Agronomy, with emphasis in Management and Soil Conservation, working in no-tillage (NT) systems. His research programs include Mechanisms of C-protection in NT soils; Carbon sequestration potential under NT soils; and Soil fertility management Vijay Singh Meena is Project Coordinator, Borlaug Institute for South Asia, and has worked in soil aggregation, carbon management index and carbon and nitrogen sequestration potential under climate resilient agriculture. He identified carbon management index as the key indicator to measure soil degradation in different agro-ecosystems. He also edited seven Springer books and three Elsevier books on microbes, organic farming and agricultural sustainability. He has received several scholarship and awards during his academic and professional career. Amitava Rakshit is a faculty member of the Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry at the Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University. His research areas include nutrient use efficiency, simulations modelling, organic farming, integrated nutrient management, and bioremediation. His consulting capabilities are composting techniques, soil health management, and input quality control. He is currently the Chief Editor of the International Journal of Agriculture Environment and Biotechnology. He is a member of the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition of FAO, Rome, and the Commission on Ecosystem Management of International Union for Conservation of Nature. Rajendra Shrestha is a Professor of land resources management in the Department of Development and Sustainability of the School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand. His major research interests are in understanding human dimension of land use change in relation to land degradation and land management, and understanding the interrelations between land use, climate, food security for sustainable development. He also serves as editorial board of number of journals, steering committee member of IGU commissions, APRD/ANSO, and provides consulting to governments in the area of land degradation and sustainable land management. He has served as the councillor of World Association of Soil and Water Conservation, co-chair of Alliance of Belt and Road Environmental Deans, and the Dean of SERD, AIT. Ch. Srinivasa Rao is the Director, ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad. Previously he has served as a Scientist, Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal, Senior Scientist, Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur and Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad; Principal Scientist and Project Coordinator, All India Coordinated Research Project for Dryland Agriculture, Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad (CRIDA), Hyderabad; Deputation to International Crop Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics, Patancheru; Director, ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad.