Articles | Volume 2, issue 4
SOIL, 2, 511–521, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2-511-2016

Special issue: Soil science in a changing world: contributions of soil science...

SOIL, 2, 511–521, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2-511-2016

Original research article 10 Oct 2016

Original research article | 10 Oct 2016

Knowledge needs, available practices, and future challenges in agricultural soils

Georgina Key et al.

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