Publication date:

18 February 2020

Length of book:

830 pages


Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing



ISBN-13: 9781786763129

This collection reviews current research on understanding nutrient cycles, the ways crops process nutrients, the environmental effects of fertilizer use and how this understanding can be used to improve nutrient use efficiency for a more resource-efficient and climate-smart agriculture. Parts 1-3 summarise research on the primary macronutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Chapters review what we know about nutrient cycles, crop nutrient processing, potential environmental effects and ways of optimising nutrient use efficiency (NUE).

The fourth section of the book discusses secondary macronutrients and micronutrients including: calcium, iron, zinc, boron, manganese and molybdenum as well as soil organic matter. The final part of the book reviews research on optimising fertiliser use. Chapters cover topics such as assessing nutrient availability and advances in integrated plant nutrient management. Other chapters discuss enhanced efficiency fertilisers, the use of bio-effectors/bio-stimulants, fertigation techniques, foliar fertilizers and the use of treated wastes in crop nutrition.

Key features

  • Focus on integrating research on nutrient cycling, crop nutrient processing and the environmental impact of fertiliser use to identify ways of improving nutrient use efficiency (NUE) in the use of particular fertilisers
  • Includes research on a range of secondary macronutrients and micronutrients including: calcium, magnesium, zinc, boron, manganese and molybdenum
  • Reviews a wide range of options for reducing/optimising current levels of fertiliser use

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"Prof. Zed Rengel has assembled an impressive list of authors for his upcoming book 'Achieving sustainable crop nutrition’. The content is wide-ranging, covering agronomic and environmental aspects of crop nutrients highlighting recent advances and solutions to sustainable crop management. This volume will be a valued reference for all those interested in understanding and working in nutrient management."
Dr Terry L. Roberts, President - International Plant Nutrition Institute, USA