This book is the outgrowth of approximately 24 years of my teaching experience on soil fertility, soil chemistry and plant nutrition and guiding post graduate and doctoral research in soil science.
I am deeply indebted to all my colleagues of the department of Agricultural chemistry and soil science, Rajasthan collage of agricultural, MPUAT, Udaipur Rajasthan who inspired me to crystallize my experience in the forum of the present text book.
The text book "introduction to Soil Sciences", comprises of 12 chapter's. This book has been written following the syllabus is the under graduate studies of soil science of different Agricultural Universities of India. This book will also be useful to soil scientists, plant nutrientionists and others who are concerned with the soils, plants, and fertilizer, etc.
I am especially grateful to Dr L.L. Somani Retd. Professor of soil science, DRI, MPUAT, Udaipur who is the source of inspiration which enable me to write this book.
I am feeling a great happy in presenting this book for the Agriculture students. Keeping in view the difficulties of students, simple words have been used so that the students might understand the matter easily. This book cover almost entire syllabus of B.Sc Ag. It is hoped that this text book will meet the growing need of soil science students and also may be useful for teachers of soil science. I sincerely thanks M s Argotech Publishing Academy, Udaipur for publishing the book in a shortest possible time. Suggestion for improvement of the present book from worthy teachers and scientists for making improvement and enlargement in the text book will be highly honoured. Udaipur, 2013
My deep sense of gratitude and sincere indebtedness to Dr. S.R. Maloo, Professor of plant breeding and genetics, Dean, Rajasthan college of Agriculture, MPUAT, Udaipur who inspire me to write this text book for undergraduate students. I acknowledged the sources of diagrams and tables which have been reproduced from other text books and tables which have been reproduced from other text books and related research publication. I am also indebted to ma parents and sisters, who inspired me constantly during the preparation of this manuscript.