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The treatise of Indian and tropical soils ends with a chapter ‘Summary and Concluding Remarks’, which projects a concise but a precious synthesis of unique research results obtained by the soil and earth scientists on major soil types of tropical Indian environments. In the past, much valuable work has been done throughout the tropics, but it has been always difficult to manage these soils to sustain their productivity and it is more so when comprehensive knowledge on their formation remained incomplete for a long time. Soil care continues to be the main issue in national development and thus needs to be a constant research agenda in the Indian context. This is imperative since soil knowledge base becomes critical in meeting the food demand for ever increasing human population. In this task basic pedological research is required to understand some of the unresolved edaphological aspects of the tropical Indian soils to develop improved management practices. This chapter highlights the major theme areas of soils (Chaps. 2–9) that have been dealt in the perspective of the recent developments in pedology, mineralogy, taxonomy and edaphology with context of tectonics and climate change in the Indian sub-continent. The usefulness of such information in unravelling many interesting pedological, edaphological, mineralogical and taxonomical issues of soils of the country has been well established. The synthesis of research results finally transforms to state-of-art information, which may serve as guiding principles to improve and maintain soil health through adequate national recommended practices in other tropical parts of the world.
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- Summary and Concluding Remarks
D. K. Pal
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