SES-512                      SOIL CHEMISTRY AND PLANT GROWTH                3(3-0) 

Theory : Soil quality: Physical and chemical attributes and evaluation; Challenges to agriculture in Pakistan; Ecosystem perspectives of soil chemistry; Effects of organic matter on soil chemical properties; Soil chemical processes and plant nutrients availability; Interactions among soil and other ecosystem components; Native plants and crop yield as indicators of soil quality; Soil attributes controlling plant growth and environmental requirements; Agriculture, soil and environmental planning; Soil chemical attributes and agronomy of crop production; Soil chemistry and biodiversity conservation; Soil quality control and management; Crop residues: Burning vs. rotavation effects; CO2 sequestration for improving soil chemistry.

Books Recommended

1.      Wild, A. 1988. Russell’s Soil Conditions and Plant Growth. 11th Ed. Longman Scientific and Technical. Harlow, UK.

2.      Huang, P.M., D.L. Sparks and S.A. Boyd. 1998. Future Prospects of Soil Chemistry. Soil Sci. Soc. Am., Madison, WI, USA.

3.      Gregorich, E.G. and M.R. Carter (eds.). 1997. Soil Quality for Crop Production and Ecosystem Health. Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.