The Nutrient Buffer Power Concept for Sustainable Agriculture (Paperback)
The Nutrient Buffer Power Concept, a revolutionary soil testing procedure developed and tested for over more than three decades in European, African and Asian soils, looks at soil testing to devise appropriate and accurate fertilizer recommendations for many field crops, such as, summer rye, wheat, and maize among cereals, red gram among pulses, white clover among fodder crops, and black pepper and cardamom among perennial crops, with a totally new perspective as compared to routine and "text book" methods of soil testing. The center piece of the concept is the accurate quantification of a soil nutrient's "buffer power," which is then integrated into routine soil test data to devise appropriate and accurate fertilizer recommendations. Dr. Nair has written an excellent and timely book on the nutrient buffer power concept, which he pioneered, and its role in agricultural sustainability. The book will be useful to scientists, students, and professionals in crop and soil sciences and allied fields. Donald L. Sparks S. Hallock du Pont Chair in Soil and Environmental Chemistry Francis Alison Professor, and Director, Delaware Environmental Institute There has been serious decrease in factor productivity on lands that ushered the "Green Revolution" because of unscientific soil fertility management. "Nutrient Buffer Power" is a novel approach for precise soil fertility management. I congratulate Dr Nair for sharing his lifelong experience in plant nutrition and soil fertility management through the remarkable book "The Nutrient Buffer Power Concept for Sustainable Agriculture" Mohan C. Saxena, Ph D (IARI), Dragr (Hohenheim), DrSci (hc) Former Professor of Agronomy and Director Research, GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology Former Assistant Director General, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas Indian agriculture, is at a cross roads. Highly extractive agriculture of the green revolution has run out of steam. Of the 328.73 mha of geographical area, in India, as much as 120.40 mha has degraded soils, a result of severe carbon depletion due to unscientific soil nutrient management still rooted in "text book" knowledge. Professor Nair's book comes as a breath of fresh air. Dr. Mangala Rai Vice-Chancellor G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, Uttarkhand and former Director General Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, India.
KP Prabhakaran Nair is an eminent international agricultural scientist having worked for over three decades in Europe, Africa and Asia, holding some of the most prestigious academic positions, such as, Professor, National Science Foundation, The Royal Society, Belgium; Professor and Head, Departments of Agriculture, Soil Sciences and Basic Sciences, The University Center, The Republic of Cameroon; Senior Professor, University of Fort Hare, Alice, Republic of South Africa. He is globally known for developing "The Nutrient Buffer Power Concept," a revolutionary soil management technique, which is changing the face of modern farming in the developing world. He has also authored nine books, three of which were published by the world's number one science publisher Elsevier and one launched by late and former President of India Dr Kalam in Raj Bhavan, Chennai. Prabhakaran Nair has won a string of national and international awards and now lives with his wife, Dr Pankajam Nair, a trained (from Belgium) nematologist, in Calicut, Kerala, India and is actively engaged in global agricultural research. He is the only agricultural scientist in the world, living or dead, to have been invited five times to write invitational chapters for Advances in Agronomy, the magnum opus of agricultural science.