Agriculture & Allied Sciences

Innovations in Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Soil Salinity Management in Agriculture
Technological Advances and Applications

Editors: S. K. Gupta, PhD
Megh R. Goyal, PhD, PE

Soil Salinity Management in Agriculture

Published. Available now.
Pub Date: March 2017
Hardback Price: $159.95
Hard ISBN: 9781771884433
E-Book ISBN: 978-1-315-36599-2
Pages: 454 pp w/ index
Binding Type: hardback
Series: Innovations in Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Notes: 21 color and 46 b/w illustrations

“This book is based on the strong Indian tradition of salt-affected soil research and is written by the most eminent authors. India has given many excellent researchers, both theoretic and applied, to the international soil science community. In this book we see the results of local researchers, representing every major Indian research institution in the topic, who are focusing on the everyday issues and helping to improve the livelihood of the local citizens. We suggest this book for students and researchers who want to read about current problems of Indian salt-affected soils. There are excellent chapters which will be very useful . . . . Due to editing process, there is very wide range of topics and some chapters might attract (smaller or) more specialized groups of readers. The language of the book is excellent.”
—Arid Land Research and Management ,
review by Gyöngyi Barna &Tibor Tóth, Research Institute of Soil Sciences and Agricultural Chemistry, Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

“Presents a holistic picture of reclamation and management of salt-affected soils, should cater to the needs of those interested in soil/water salinity-plant-environment interactions.”
—Alok K. Sikka, PhD, Deputy Director General (Natural Resources Management), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi, India

Soil salinity is a global problem that extends across all continents in more than 100 countries of the world, presenting a major threat to farm agricultural production, leading to adverse implications for food security, environmental health, and economic welfare. The restoration of affected land and management of soil salinity will go a long way in meeting the foreseen needed 57% increase in global food production by the year 2050 to feed the growing world population at the current levels of per capita food supply.

This important volume, Soil Salinity Management in Agriculture, addresses the crucial issue of soil salinity of potential farmland and provides a comprehensive picture of the saline environment and plant interactions, along with management and reclamation methods and policies. With contributions from researchers from the fields of agricultural chemistry, soil science, biotechnology, agronomy, soil science, environmental sciences, and plant breeding and genetics, the volume emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach. The book broadly covers

  • emerging trends and technologies in salinity management
  • mechanisms of salt tolerance
  • soil salinity management in crop production
Specific topics include:
  • plant tolerance of salinity in soil and irrigation water
  • risk factors and threats due to climate change
  • groundwater contamination
  • effects of soil salinization on plant growth
  • sustainable reclamation and management of sodic soils
  • prevention of acid and acid sulphate soils
  • nutrient management for sustained crop productivity in sodic soils
Soil Salinity Management in Agriculture will be a valuable source of information for researchers, policy planners, students, and field practitioners alike to create well-designed salinity management plans to help prevent and mitigate the potential serious economic and social consequences.

Part I: Salinity Management: Emerging Technologies and Trends
1. Emerging Trends in Salinity Research: An Indian Perspective
D. K. Sharma and Anshuman Singh
2. Living with Salts in Irrigation Water
S. K. Gupta
3. Coastal Ecosystems: Risk Factors for Development and Threats Due to Climate Change
H. S. Sen and Dipankar Ghorai
4. Groundwater Contamination: Recent Advances in Identifying Sources Deepesh Machiwal and Madan Kumar Jha

Part II: Tolerance to Soil Salinity

5. Review of Physiology of Salt Tolerance of Salvadora persica and Halophytic Grasses in Saline Vertisols
G. Gururaja Rao, J. C. Dagar, Sanjay Arora, and Anil R. Chinchmalatpure
6. Effect of Soil Salinization on Plant Growth and Physiology of Plectranthus Species
G. V. Ramana, Ch. Ramakrishna, Sk. Khasim Beebi, and K. V. Chaitanya
7. Effect of Salinity Stress on Growth Parameters and Metabolites of Medicinal Plants: A Review
Yogita Deshmukh and Puja Khare

Part III: Soil Salinity Management in Crop Production

8. Bacterial-Mediated Amelioration Processes to Plants Under Salt Stress: A Review
Amrita Kasotia, Ajit Varma, and Devendra Kumar Choudhary
9. Sustainable Reclamation and Management of Sodic Soils: Farmer’s Participatory Approaches
Y. P. Singh
10. Pokkali Rice Cultivation in India: A Technique for Multi-Stress Management
A. K. Sreelatha and K. S. Shylaraj
11. Prevention, Reclamation and Management of Acid and Acid Sulphate Soils
A. Krishna Chaitanya, Shrikant Badole, Arbind Kumar Gupta, and Biplab Pal
12. Nutrient Management for Sustained Crop Productivity in Sodic Soils
N. P. S. Yaduvanshi

About the Authors / Editors:
Editors: S. K. Gupta, PhD
INAE Distinguished Professor, Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal, India

S. K. Gupta, PhD, CE, received his BSc (1970) and MSc (1976) degree in Agricultural Engineering from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India; and PhD in 1984 from Jawahar Lal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India. Since 1971, he has worked at Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal, India, in various capacities, such as Principal Scientist; Head, Division of Drainage and Water Management; Head Indo-Dutch Network Project; and Project Coordinator, Use of Saline Water in Agriculture. At present, he is working as INAE Distinguished Professor at the same place after superannuating from the Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal, India. He has published 13 books. His area of expertise is irrigation and drainage engineering. He is chief editor of the Journal of Water Management, published by the Indian Society of Water Management (ISWM), New Delhi, India.

Megh R. Goyal, PhD, PE
Retired Professor in Agricultural and Biomedical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus Senior Acquisitions Editor, Biomedical Engineering and Agricultural Science, Apple Academic Press, Inc

Megh R. Goyal, PhD, PE, is, at present, a Retired Professor in Agricultural and Biomedical Engineering from the General Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at University of Puerto Rico–Mayaguez Campus; and Senior Acquisitions Editor and Senior Technical Editor-in-Chief in Agricultural and Biomedical Engineering for Apple Academic Press Inc.,

Dr. Goyal received his BSc degree in Engineering in 1971 from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India; his MSc degree in 1977; and PhD degree in 1979 from the Ohio State University, Columbus; and his Master of Divinity degree in 2001 from Puerto Rico Evangelical Seminary, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, USA.

Since 1971 he has worked as Soil Conservation Inspector (1971); Research Assistant at Haryana Agricultural University (1972-75) and the Ohio State University (1975-79); Research Agricultural Engineer/Professor at Department of Agricultural Engineering of UPRM (1979-1997); and Professor in Agricultural and Biomedical Engineering at General Engineering Department of UPRM (1997-2012). He spent one-year sabbatical leave in 2002–2003 at Biomedical Engineering Department, Florida International University, Miami, USA.

He was first agricultural engineer to receive the professional license in Agricultural Engineering in 1986 from College of Engineers and Surveyors of Puerto Rico. On September 16, 2005, he was proclaimed as “Father of Irrigation Engineering in Puerto Rico for the twentieth century” by the ASABE, Puerto Rico Section, for his pioneer work on micro irrigation, evapotranspiration, agroclimatology, and soil and water engineering. During his professional career of 45 years, he has received awards such as: Scientist of the Year, Blue Ribbon Extension Award, Research Paper Award, Nolan Mitchell Young Extension Worker Award, Agricultural Engineer of the Year, Citations by Mayors of Juana Diaz and Ponce, Membership Grand Prize for ASAE Campaign, Felix Castro Rodriguez Academic Excellence, RashtryaRatan Award and Bharat Excellence Award and Gold Medal, Domingo Marrero Navarro Prize, Adopted son of Moca, Irrigation Protagonist of UPRM, Man of Drip Irrigation by Mayor of Municipalities of Mayaguez/Caguas/Ponce and Senate/Secretary of Agriculture of ELA, Puerto Rico.

He has authored more than 200 journal articles and textbooks, including Elements of Agroclimatology (Spanish) by UNISARC, Colombia; two Bibliographies on Drip Irrigation. His published books with Apple Academic Press include Management of Drip/Trickle or Micro Irrigation and Evapotranspiration: Principles and Applications for Water Management, among others. Dr. Goyal is the senior editor of three book series for AAP: Research Advances in Sustainable Micro Irrigation, Innovations and Challenges in Micro Irrigation, and Innovations in Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

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