Preface.- 1. Introduction.- 2. The soil cover.- 3. Soil texture and structure.- 4. Soil mineralogy and elemental composition.- 5. Adsorption capacity and reaction.- 6. Soluble salts and soil solution.- 7. Humus - the guardian of soil fertility and global carbon sink.- 8. The nitrogen riddle.- 9. Phosphorus and sulphur budgets.- 10. Life in the soil.- 11. Soil structure, soil water and drought.- 12. The chernozem family.- 13. Accomodating soil diversity.- 14. Society's perspective.- 15. Biological cycles.- 16. Soil health and soil quality.- 17. Farming and soil health.- 18. Experimental confirmation of the efficiency of various farming systems.- 19. The past, present and future of the chernozem.
Igori Krupenikov is soil scientist, Emeritus Professor, honoured member of the Moldovan Academy of Sciences and State Laureate, working at the Nicolai Dimo Institute of Soil Science and Agrochemistry in Chisinau. Boris Boincean is agronomist, long-time Director and continuing Head of the Department of Sustainable Farming Systems of the Selectia Research Institute for Field Crops and also Professor at the Aleco Russo State University at Balti, in Moldova. David Dent is former Director of ISRIC - World Soil Information in Wageningen, awarded the Australian Centenary Medallion for scientific leadership of the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality, and long-time teacher and researcher at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia.