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By Donald L. Sparks

Below new editorial path, Advances in Agronomy either maintains its lengthy culture and expands to incorporate leading edge equipment and applied sciences. major foreign scientists hide issues in plant and soil sciences, biotechnology, terrestrial ecosystems, and environmental matters. This quantity offers 3 articles dedicated to plant productiveness and development and 3 articles dedicated to advances in soil technological know-how. This and destiny volumes might be of curiosity to agronomists in academe, undefined, and govt. the sector of agronomy has replaced significantly because the book of the 1st quantity of Advances in Agronomy in 1949. many inventions and advances have happened, but many demanding situations stay. Key positive aspects * impact of soil constitution and actual houses on environmental caliber * program of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to soil chemistry * Use of low-lignin mutants for making improvements to forage caliber * program of DNA markers and genetic options to plant development

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Horizontal thin-section image of a freezedried wet heavy clay soil in which water-conducting planar voids were stained with Methylene Blue (dark bands on the walls of planar voids). Stains are discontinuous, illustrating vertical pore continuity. a Fig. 16. Schematic representation of tubular and planar “necks” in flow systems which determine the overall flow rates. &, values can be calculated when the number of length of voids per unit surface area S (nchannels or length I, of planar voids) is known [see Eqs.

4. Gene dosage (or “gene action”): Does an individual carrying two copies of a gene look different from an individual carrying only one? 5. Pleiotropy: Do individual genes affect more than one trait? 6. Environmental sensitivity: Do genes function similarly in different environments? 7. Epistasis: Does the effect of one gene influence the effect(s) of others? Answers to these questions might help the breeder to “design” crop vaneties that consistently perform well in a defined environment. By incorporating genes which protect against environmental hazards, such as drought, heat, cold, salinity, or particular races of pests, a variety might retain some productivity even under suboptimal conditions (which are the rule, rather than the exception; Boyer, 1982).

Field applications in the context of agronomic studies require relatively simple procedures with which nonsoil scientists can iden- 32 J. BOUMA tify. Here, the deterministic- morphometric approach could be particularly useful. V. FIELD STUDIES ON MACROPORE FLOW AND ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY A. Less emphasishas so far been given to the development of methods that can be used to avoid macropore flow, which is generally unfavorable because water and nutrients are removed from surface soil, where most roots are generallypresent, to the subsoil where water and nutrients are beyond reach of the roots.

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