M.B. KIRKHAM. Elsevier Academic Press, Burlington, MA. Hardback, 500 pp. ISBN 0-12-409751-0.

This new text, Principles of Soil and Plant Water Relations, is unique in various ways, and above all is a pleasure to read or browse through. As the title suggests, the book treats both soil and plants, with water being the common denominator in all chapters. The emphasis of the book is on physical principles, with about equal coverage of both soils and plants. The first 13 chapters define soil and water properties and processes, with some emphasis on plant growth (e.g., chapters on penetrometer and oxygen...

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