Soil is a wonderful gift of nature to humankind, but limited, non-renewable and nonelastic resource. Past decades witnessed a considerable shrinkage in the soil due to unscrupulous increase in the urbanization and industrialization, Agricultural technologies that led to Green Revolution resulted in the degradation of this precious natureal rsource owing to over exploitation under intensive farming coupled with mis-management. The soil quality has under gone as serious damage leading to a decline in crop production and factor productivity. In the present book, entitled "Management Soil Quality for Sustainable Agriculture", an attempt has been made to compile the information on concept and indicators of soil quality and its relevance in sustainable crop production. The book also embodies information on improving various parameters of soil quality. Few pages in the book on methods for assessing physcial, chemical and biological parameters of soil quality will be helpful in monitoring the status of soil health. The chapters in the book have been contributed by eminent scientists engaged in basic and applied research of Soil Science. The book will be bery useful to the scientists engaged in soil and crop prodution research, extension workers, students and farmers.
Dr. B. Mishra is Professor of Soil Science since October 1987 at G.B. Pant University of Agricultural and Technology, Pantnagar. He served the department as Head from 1996 to 1999 and later from March 2002 to till date. He was Dean, College of Agriculture from January 2006 to November 2006 and currently working Registrar of the University. He obtained special trainings at Goettingen University, Germany and Wageningen Agricultural university, Netherlands. Dr Mishra was Project Scientis at International rice Research Institute, Los Banos, Philippines from November 1992 to May 1994. He has 36 years research and teaching experience and published 82 research papers and 7 reviews in international and national journals of repute and wrote 3 books. He received PPCL-ISAC national award in 1984 for his outstanding research on Rock phosphate utilization in crop production.