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Improved use of Plant Nutrients. Report of the Expert Consultation on Better Exploitation of Plant Nutrients, Rome, 18-22 April 1977

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    Soil and plant testing and analysis. Report of an Expert Consultation, Rome, 13-17 June 1977
    FAO Soils Bulletin 38/1
    1980
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    Methods for evaluating nutrient status in order to obtain better plant growth and increased yield are constantly being developed and improved. New analytical techniques and procedures for soil and plant analysis have been invented and tested in many countries and laboratories. There have been innovations in data processing leading to preparation of more refined and specific fertilizer recommendations. The purpose of the Consultation was: i. to review advances in a) methodologies for soil and plant chemical analysis, and b) interpretation of the results obtained and the preparation of fertilizer recommendations based on these results. ii. to identify progress made and areas requiring further attention with regard to the organization of soil testing services in general and, in particular, in developing countries.
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    Organic recycling in Africa. Papers presented at the FAO/SIDA Workshop on the Use of Organic Materials as Fertilizers in Africa, Buea, Cameroon, 5-14 December 1977
    FAO Soils Bulletin 43
    1980
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    Policy makers as well as scientists have started to acquire an honest appreciation of the possibilities of reducing the wastage of materials which could be profitably utilized for improving or maintaining soil productivity. In addition, the great opportunities offered by making more efficient use of the potentials of biological nitrogen fixation in farming systems are now fully recognized. A number of recommendations and suggested guidelines were made by the various Working Groups during the t wo-week Workshop. These covered: 1- Cropping systems and crop residue management 2- Biological N-fixation 3- Research, training and extension. A central theme much emphasized at the Workshop was the fact that agricultural policy makers, technicians and scientists need to study more closely the basic practices of the small farmers so that proposal for the introduction of new systems could be easily understood, integrated and accepted by these farmers.
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    Soil and plant testing and analysis as a basis of fertilizer recommendations
    FAO Soils Bulletin 38/2
    1980
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    General principles of plant nutrition don't furnish the concrete information, necessary for practical treatments in a given situation. Thus, the questions arise which parameters must be considered an how can they be determined. This leads to consider the concepts of nutrients diagnosis, as well as the methodology and the corresponding equipment and instrumentation, for putting it into practice. The question may arise whether plant or soil analysis should be used for diagnosis crop nutrient requ irements and making fertilizer recommendations.Both methods may be complementary, not competitive and the laboratories should be in the possibility to carry out both types analysis. It is recommendable to start soil analysis prior to plant testing.There are many possibilities and methods for testing soil chemical and nutrient properties. It is indeed highly recommended to agree on a minimum of uniformity of methodology.

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