Edward John Russell (1872–1965) was a British agricultural scientist and Director of the Rothamsted Experimental Station, Harpenden from 1912 to 1943. In this book, which was first published in 1940 as the third edition of a 1915 original, Russell presents an introductory guide to the properties of soil. The text falls into three main parts: 'An Account of the Soil'; 'The Control of the Soil'; and 'Fertilisers'. Numerous illustrative figures and appendices are also included. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in soil, educational books and the history of science.
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- Date Published: December 2013
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107654341
- length: 308 pages
- dimensions: 203 x 127 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.34kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. An Account of the Soil:
1. What the plant needs from the soil
2. The composition of the soil
3. The organic matter of the soil and the changes it undergoes
4. The effect of climate on the soil and on fertility
Part II. The Control of the Soil:
6. The control of soil fertility
Part III. Fertilisers:
7. The food of plants
8. The nitrogenous fertilisers
9. The phosphatic fertilisers
10. The potassic fertilisers
11. The minor elements of plant nutrition
12. Manures supplying organic matter: the simpler organic manures
13. Organic manures supplying plant food and humus, farmyard manure, composts, town refuse
14. Chalk, limestone, and lime
15. Manurial schemes for crops
Appendix I. Field Experiments
Appendix II. Some useful field data
Appendix III. Fertiliser substances contained in crops
Appendix IV. Some useful books on soils and manures and their uses.
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