Agronomy and Soil Science is part of the Natural Resources and Environmental Management Department; the program is offered jointly with the Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Science. Agronomy and soil science is the study of food, fiber, feed, and fuel crops, their physiology, interaction with the environment, and management from a systems perspective. Soil science is the study of natural land and soil resources, their effective management by applying the principles of basic scientific disciplines such as chemistry, physics and biology, and technologies derived from these studies. Agronomy and soil science are two interdependent subjects fundamental to implementing land use practices that are highly productive, sustainable, economically viable, and environmentally safe.
The Department offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in agronomy and soil science. Graduate studies in agronomy and soil science have two areas of concentration: tropical agronomy and tropical soil science. The agronomy track specializes in tropical crop and pasture production, cropping systems, agrometeorology, agroforestry, crop physiology, plant breeding, and plant-soil relationships. The soil science track specializes in tropical soil genesis and classification, soil chemistry, soil physics, soil mineralogy, soil salinity, soil management, soil and water conservation, soil fertility, and soil microbiology.
Agronomy and soil science have their own literature, but they also draw on the literature chemistry, physics and biology, and on many of the other disciplines in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR). Selection is coordinated with the librarians responsible for these areas. Coordination is also required with the selectors for the Hawaiian and Pacific Collections. Government Documents provides many publications for this department. Duplication of these publications and those held in other collections in the Library is avoided.
Date compiled: 7/01 Compiler: Eileen Herring