Submitted to: Crop Science
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/14/2003
Publication Date: 9/23/2003
Citation: Cambardella, C.A. 2003. Book review: Agricultural Practices and Policies for Carbon Sequestration in Soil. In: Kimble, J.M., Lal, R., Follett, R.F., editors. CRC Press LLC (Lewis Publishers) Crop Science. 43(5):1895. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: This book contains the proceedings of the International Symposium on Agricultural Practices and Policies for Carbon Sequestration in Soils held at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in July 1999. The format of the symposium was designed to bring together scientists, economists, policymakers, industrial representatives, environmental groups, and farmers to discuss an integrated approach to the science, practice and policy of soil carbon sequestration. The book consists of nine parts that span a wide range of topics pertaining to agricultural management and soil carbon. There are a number of contributed papers from scientists with international affiliations. However, all representatives of the political, economic, industrial, environmental, and farming communities are from the United States. Very little new information is presented in this book, but rather, information from the scientific literature is utilized to test models, both mathematical and conceptual, and to summarize and integrate data. Although the quality and the content of the 48 chapters found in the book varies widely, there is useful information to be gleaned from its pages. The final chapter, written by the book's editorial team, provides an excellent summary of viable options currently available to us for sequestering carbon in soil.