The Red Soils of China

Their Nature, Management and Utilization

  • M. J. Wilson
  • Zhenli He
  • Xiaoe Yang

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Colour Plate

    1. M. J. Wilson, Zhenli He, Xiaoe Yang
      Pages 1-3
  3. The Nature, Properties, Distribution and Classification of Red Soils in China: Synopsis and Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-6
    2. V. C. Baligar, N. K. Fageria, H. Eswaran, M. J. Wilson, Zhenli He
      Pages 7-27
    3. Zhenli He, Mingkui Zhang, M. J. Wilson
      Pages 29-33
    4. Yuangen Yang, Congqiang Liu, Zhenli He, Keneng Yuan
      Pages 89-100
  4. Constraints to Crop Production on the Red Soils of China: Synopsis and Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-102
    2. Zhenli He, Mingkui Zhang, M. J. Wilson
      Pages 103-110
    3. E. Milne, Wu Bozhi, M. A. Fullen, T. J. Hocking, D. J. Mitchell
      Pages 137-150
    4. Jun Lu, Yunlong Liu, Yongqiang Chen
      Pages 151-158
  5. Management, Utilization and Sustainability of Red Soils in China: Overview and Synopsis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-162
    2. Zhenli He, Mingkui Zhang, M. J. Wilson
      Pages 163-170
    3. Xiaoe Yang, Weimu Wang, Zhenqian Ye, Zhenli He, Virupax C. Baligar
      Pages 171-218
    4. N. K. Fageria, E. M. Castro, V. C. Baligar
      Pages 219-237
    5. Michael A. Fullen, T. J. Hocking, D. J. Mitchell, E. Milne, A. M. McCrea, C. A. Booth et al.
      Pages 261-274
    6. Mingkui Zhang, Zhenli He, M. J. Wilson
      Pages 275-282
    7. G. C. Chen, Zhenli He
      Pages 307-314
    8. Shen Yu, Zhenli He, Changyong Huang, Guochao Chen, Bingliang Zhu
      Pages 331-345
  6. Socio-Economic Aspects of Red Soil Utilization and the Application of New Technologies: Synopsis and Overview

  7. Conclusions

    1. M. J. Wilson, Zhenli He, Xiaoe Yang
      Pages 385-390
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 391-400

About this book


The red soils of China are typical in their chemical, physical and mineralogical characteristics of red soils in other tropical and sub-tropical areas of the world, particularly in South America, Africa and south-east Asia. For the most part, these soils are highly weathered and inherently infertile. They are acidic, nutrient­ deficient, poor in organic matter and have a low water-holding and supplying capacity. They cannot sustain arable cropping systems without the most careful management and are highly susceptible to soil erosion, particularly on sloping land. It is the purpose of this book to present recent research showing how the problems associated with using the red soils in China for sustainable agricultural production can be overcome, using a variety of traditional and novel approaches. In principle, these approaches should be useful in other tropical and sub-tropical countries faced with the problem of making the best use of their fragile red soil resources. The term "in principle" is used deliberately because, of course, the different red soil countries invariably operate within dissimilar socio-economic frameworks. At the present time, China may be considered to be in the process of an "industrial revolution", rather like that that took place in Britain in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.


Erosion biomass development production soil soil quality sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • M. J. Wilson
    • 1
  • Zhenli He
    • 2
  • Xiaoe Yang
    • 2
  1. 1.Macaulay Land Use Research InstituteAberdeenUK
  2. 2.Zhejiang UniversityHangzhouPeople’s Republic of China

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6597-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-2138-1
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