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The importance of soil organic matter : key to drought-resistant soil and sustained food production

Author: Alexandra Bot; José Benites; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Publisher: Rome : Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2005.
Series: FAO soils bulletin, 80.; Soils bulletin, 80.
Edition/Format:   Print book : International government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Soil organic matter - the product of on-site biological decomposition - affects the chemical and physical properties of the soil and its overall health. Its composition and breakdown rate affect: the soil structure and porosity; the water infiltration rate and moisture holding capacity of soils; the diversity and biological activity of soil organisms; and plant nutrient availability. This document concentrates on  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, International government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alexandra Bot; José Benites; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
ISBN: 9251053669 9789251053669
OCLC Number: 64384874
Description: xi, 78 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Organic matter decomposition and the soil food web --
Natural factors influencing the amount of organic matter --
Practices that influence the amount of organic matter --
Creating drought-resistant soil --
Key factors in sustained food production --
The role of conservation agriculture in organic matter deposition and carbon sequestration --
Conclusions.
Series Title: FAO soils bulletin, 80.; Soils bulletin, 80.
Responsibility: by Alexandra Bot and José Benites.

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Soil organic matter - the product of on-site biological decomposition - affects the chemical and physical properties of the soil and its overall health. Its composition and breakdown rate affect: the soil structure and porosity; the water infiltration rate and moisture holding capacity of soils; the diversity and biological activity of soil organisms; and plant nutrient availability. This document concentrates on the organic matter dynamics of cropping soils and discusses the circumstances that deplete organic matter and their negative outcomes. It then moves on to more proactive solutions. It reviews a "basket" of practices in order to show how they can increase organic matter content and discusses the land and cropping benefits that then accrue.--Publisher's description.

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