The Maintenance of Soil Fertility in Amazonian Managed Systems

  1. Michael Keller,
  2. Michael Bustamante,
  3. John Gash and
  4. Pedro Silva Dias
  1. Flávio J. Luizão1,
  2. Philip M. Fearnside1,
  3. Carlos E. P. Cerri2 and
  4. Johannes Lehmann3

Published Online: 21 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/2008GM000732

Amazonia and Global Change

Amazonia and Global Change

How to Cite

Luizão, F. J., Fearnside, P. M., Cerri, C. E. P. and Lehmann, J. (2009) The Maintenance of Soil Fertility in Amazonian Managed Systems, in Amazonia and Global Change (eds M. Keller, M. Bustamante, J. Gash and P. Silva Dias), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/2008GM000732

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Ecology, Inpa Manaus, Brazil

  2. 2

    Esalq, University of São Paulo Piracicaba, Brazil

  3. 3

    Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Cornell University Ithaca, New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875904764

Online ISBN: 9781118670347



  • Rain forest ecology—Amazon River Region;
  • Biosphere—Research—Amazon River Region;
  • Climatic changes—Amazon River Region;
  • Amazon River Region—Climate


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • What are the Causes of Decline in Soil Fertility Under Agricultural and Forest Management and What is their Relative Importance?

  • Evidence of Fertility Decline in Managed Amazonian Forests

  • Nutrient Management Regimes in Use in Agriculture and Forestry

  • Carbon Sequestration Potential in Agroforestry Systems Converted from Degraded Pasture

  • Promising Alternatives to Slash-and-Burn Agriculture

  • Terra Preta Soils and Contemporary Nutrient Management in Amazonia

  • Limits to the Intensification of Agriculture and Ranching

  • Environmental Services as a Basis for Development

  • Conclusions