Soil Quality ebook series

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A digital soil quality book series digs up soil information and data from across Western Australia, providing real world context to some of the science underpinning management of soils, making the ebook accessible to everyone from farmers to agricultural professionals, researchers, and students.

Soil Quality ebook series

The Soil Quality ebook series is a pioneering project that presents current knowledge and information on the management of Western Australian agricultural soil using the latest in multimedia technology.

The series, available for free from Apple Books, is published by SoilsWest - an alliance between the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and Western Australian universities.

Murdoch University is the headquarters of SoilsWest, which was previously at the University of Western Australia.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is supporting the Soil Quality ebook project, which will comprise 10 books. To date, seven of the 10 publications have been published.

Experts from a range of organisations, and farmers, contributed their knowledge, best practice techniques and stories to the ebooks. The publications bring together soil science and its practical application, harnessing years of soil research, as well as first-hand accounts from landholders about their experience with soil management in Western Australia.

The Soil Quality ebook series of digital publications is available for free by downloading on iPad, iPhone, or Mac computer from Apple Books.

Soil Quality: 1 Constraints to Plant Production 

This first book provides an overview of soil constraints to plant production through an interactive learning experience, primarily via video, case studies, diagrams, and maps as well as text.

In the subsequent parts of the Soil Quality series, each of the major soil constraints are explored in detail. Industry perspectives set the priorities for content and are a feature of the series.

Soil Quality: 1 Constraints to Plant Production ebook cover.
Soil Quality: 1 Constraints to Plant Production ebook cover.

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Image of a crop in paddock

Infographic explaining biological, chemical and physical constraints to plant growth

The Soil Quality ebook series of digital publications is available for free by downloading on iPad, iPhone, or Mac computer from Apple Books.

Soil Quality: 2 Integrated Soil Management

The publication Integrated Soil Management is a practical manual for farmers wanting to integrate the management of multiple soil constraints into their farming system. Information moves through identifying and prioritising soil constraints, and options for managing multiple constraints to detailed discussions on managing typical soil types and their common constraints.

Soil Quality: 2 Integrated Soil Management ebook cover
Soil Quality: 2 Integrated Soil Management ebook cover.

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Infographic detailing a crop above the ground surface and soil below

A pit in the ground to show levels of the soil

The Soil Quality ebook series of digital publications is available for free by downloading on iPad, iPhone, or Mac computer from Apple Books.

Soil Quality: 3 Soil Organic Matter

The publication Soil Organic Matter provides a detailed understanding of the role and functioning of soil organic matter in farming systems, including the implications of a wide range of agricultural management practices.

Soil Quality: 3 Soil Organic Matter ebook cover
Soil Quality: 3 Soil Organic Matter ebook cover.

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Infographic showing the cycle of soil organic matter

Example page from the Soil Organic Matter ebook

The Soil Quality ebook series of digital publications is available for free by downloading on iPad, iPhone, or Mac computer from Apple Books.

Soil Quality: 4 Soil Acidity

The publication Soil Acidity explains the causes and implications of soil acidity in broadacre agriculture. Diagnosis and management guidelines are supported by current research results and farmer case studies.

Soil Quality: 4 Soil Acidity ebook cover
Soil Quality: 4 Soil Acidity ebook cover.

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Example page from the Soil Acidity ebook

Example page from Soil Acidity ebook about acidity from fertiliser

The Soil Quality ebook series of digital publications is available for free by downloading on iPad, iPhone, or Mac computer from Apple Books.

Soil Quality: 5 Soil Biology

The publication Soil Biology provides a detailed understanding of the multifunctional role of soil and its inhabitants – including beneficial and disease-causing organisms. This book explores the three-dimensional structure of soil as a habitat for the survival of soil biota, biological functions that benefit plant growth, detrimental soilborne diseases and nematode pests, and how climate and management practice influence soil biota and their functions.

Soil Quality: 5 Soil Biology ebook cover
Soil Quality: 5 Soil Biology ebook cover.

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Example page from Soil Biology ebook, showing the disease cycle of fusarium crown rot

Example page from Soil Biology ebook illustrating soil biota

The Soil Quality ebook series of digital publications is available for free by downloading on iPad, iPhone, or Mac computer from Apple Books.

Soil Quality: 6 Soil Compaction

The publication Soil Compaction explains the causes, effects, diagnosis, and management of compaction in agricultural soil, supported by evidence-based case studies and farmer experiences.

Soil Quality: 6 Soil Compaction ebook cover
Soil Quality: 6 Soil Compaction ebook cover.

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Example page from Soil Compaction ebook

Example page from Soil Compaction ebook about the benefits and risks of controlled traffic farming

The Soil Quality ebook series of digital publications is available for free by downloading on iPad, iPhone, or Mac computer from Apple Books.

Soil Quality: 7 Soil Water Repellence

The publication Soil Water Repellence explains the impact, expression, diagnosis and management of water repellence in agricultural soil, supported by evidence-based case studies and farmer experiences.

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Soil Quality: 7 Soil Water Repellence ebook cover.

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The Soil Quality ebook series of digital publications is available for free by downloading on iPad, iPhone, or Mac computer from Apple Books.

Soil Quality: 8 Sodic and Alkaline Soil

The publication Sodic and Alkaline Soil explains the causes, implications and impact of sodicity and alkalinity on soil structure and stability – including transient salinity and waterlogging.

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Soil Quality: 8 Sodic and Alkaline Soil ebook cover

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The Soil Quality ebook series of digital publications is available for free by downloading on iPad, iPhone, or Mac computer from Apple Books.

Contact information

+61 (0)8 9368 3493