The book offers comprehensive coverage of chapters on: Introduction to Soil Science, Soil Chemistry, Soil fertility, Soil Organic Matter, Nutrient Cycling in Soils, Manures, Integrated Nutrient Management, Soil Management, Quality of Irrigation Water and Remote Sensing and GIS. It is the author's intent to produce compendium of information's that is useful to students in curricula. Such as soil science, agronomy, horticulture and forestry as well as to non agricultural students of plant science, ecology, natural resources and environmental studies. It will serve as a foundation text for agriculturist and lay person as well. Further, it is useful reference to policy makers and research workers. The material can also be used for teaching undergraduate and post graduate students of agricultural. Horticultural, forestry and other universities.
Dr. G.R.Rajakumar, Assistant Professor of Soil Science, Department of Natural Resource Management, College of Forestry, Sirsi was born on 28.05.1968 in Chitradurga District, Karnataka, India. He obtained his B.Sc.(Agri.) degree from College of Agriculture, Raichur, Karnataka during the year 1991, M.Sc. (Agri) in Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry from UAS, Dharwad, Karnataka during the year 1994 and Ph.D in Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry from UAS, Dharwad during the year 2000 with good academic records. He has undergone National training on Soil Health Management at JNKVV, Jabalpur during the year 2014. He has an experience for over 18 years in teaching (College / KVK) / research (ARS/College / KVK) and extension (KVK / College). He has published 12 scientific full length papers in National and International Journals as author / co-author, and 6 papers presented in Symposium as author / co-author, written 3 books and 24 popular articles and released 3 technologies as co-principal investigator in package of practices book of UAS Dharwad. Dr. Sangappa V. Patil, Professor of Agronomy, Regional Horticultural Research and Extension Centre, Bengaluru, was born on 01.06.1969 in Gulbarga District, Karnataka, India. He obtained his B.Sc.(Agri.) degree from College of Agriculture, Raichur during the year 1991, M.Sc. (Agri) in Agronomy from UAS, Dharwad during the year 1994 and Ph.D in Agronomy from UAS, Dharwad during the year 2011 with good academic records. He has undergone International training on Potato for a period of 10 weeks in IAC, Wageningen, Netherland during the year 2003. He has an experience for over 22 years in teaching, research and extension. He has to his credit about 48 scientific full length papers published in National and International Journals as author/co-author, about 26 papers presented in National and International Symposium as author/co-author and 6 books. Eleven technologies have been released as co-principal investigator in package of practice book of UAS Bangalore and UHS Bagalkot. He has been awarded as Best Farm Superintendent for the year 2004 by Hon'ble Governor Shri T. N. Chaturvedi, Govt. of Karnataka during 39th convocation of UAS Bangalore held on 21st March 2005, Fellow of Hind Agri-Horti Society Muzafarnagar during the year 2011 and Best Agriculture Scientist 2014 by Lingaraja Vividhoddeshagala Samsthe, Bharati Nagar, Dharwad, Karnataka. He is awarded by the prestigious organization 'Venus International Foundation (R)', Chennai as the 'Out Standing Faculty Award 2015 in the field of Agronomy' for his achievements in the career.