Soil Quality: A Concept, Definition, and Framework for Evaluation (A Guest Editorial)

  title={Soil Quality: A Concept, Definition, and Framework for Evaluation (A Guest Editorial)},
  author={Douglas L. Karlen and Maurice J. Mausbach and John W. Doran and Richard G. Cline and R. F. Harris and Gerald E. Schuman},
  journal={Soil Science Society of America Journal},
This essay summarizes deliberation by the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Ad Hoc Committee on Soil Quality (S-581) and was written to spur discussion among SSSA members. Varying perceptions of soil quality have emerged since the concept was suggested in the early 1990s, and dialogue among members is important ecause, unlike air and water quality, legislative standards for soil quality have not been and perhaps should not be defined. In simplest terms, soil quality is the capacity (of… 

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