Agriculture and the Nitrogen Cycle
Assessing the Impacts of Fertilizer Use on Food Production and the Environment
Agriculture and the Nitrogen Cycle by Arvin R. Mosier
Book DescriptionNitrogen is an essential element for plant growth and development and a key agricultural input-but in excess it can lead to a host of problems for human and ecological health. Across the globe, distribution of fertilizer nitrogen is very uneven, with some areas subject to nitrogen pollution and others suffering from reduced soil fertility, diminished crop production, and other consequences of inadequate supply. Agriculture and the Nitrogen Cycle provides a global assessment of the role of nitrogen fertilizer in the nitrogen cycle. The focus of the book is regional, emphasizing the need to maintain food and fiber production while minimizing environmental impacts where fertilizer is abundant, and the need to enhance fertilizer utilization in systems where nitrogen is limited. The book is derived from a workshop held by the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) in Kampala, Uganda, that brought together the world's leading scientists to examine and discuss the nitrogen cycle and related problems. It contains an overview chapter that summarizes the group's findings, four chapters on cross-cutting issues, and thirteen background chapters. The book offers a unique sy
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781559637107
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Island Press
Publisher: Island Press
Publish Date: 15-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Arvin R. Mosier
Arvin R. Mosier is a research chemist for the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. J. Keith Syers is Vice-President for International Relations, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok, Thailand. John R. Freney is a chief research scientist (retired), CSIRO, Division of Plant Industry, Canberra, Australia. The Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) was established by the International Council for Science (ICSU) in 1969. It brings together natural and social scientists to identify emerging or potential environmental issues and to address jointly the nature and solution of environmental problems on a global basis.With its headquarters in Paris, France, SCOPE programs are conducted by volunteer scientists from every inhabited continent of the globe.
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