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Soil Microbiology, Ecology and Biochemistry

The fourth edition of Soil Microbiology, Ecology and Biochemistry updates this widely used reference as the study and understanding of soil biota, their function, and the dynamics of soil organic matter has been revolutionized by molecular and instrumental techniques, and information technology. Knowledge of soil microbiology, ecology and biochemistry is central to our understanding of organisms and their processes and interactions with their environment. In a time of great global change and increased emphasis on biodiversity and food security, soil microbiology and ecology has become an increasingly important topic.

Revised by a group of world-renowned authors in many institutions and disciplines, this work relates the breakthroughs in knowledge in this important field to its history as well as future applications. The new edition provides readable, practical, impactful information for its many applied and fundamental disciplines. Professionals turn to this text as a reference for fundamental knowledge in their field or to inform management practices.

Hardbound, 576 Pages

Published: September 2014

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-415955-6


    1. Soil Microbiology, Ecology, and Biochemistry: An Exciting Present and Great Future Built on a Solid Past
    2. The Soil as a Habitat for Soil Biota and Function
    3. The Prokaryotes: Occurrence Phylogeny and Function
    4. The Soil Fungi: Occurrence, Phylogeny and Ecology
    5. Soil Fauna: Occurrence, Phylogeny and Ecosystem Engineers
    6. Molecular Methods for Investigating Soil Biota and Their Function
    7. Physiological and Biochemical Methods for Studying Soil Biota and Their Function
    8. The Spatial Distribution of Soil Biota Relative to Their Function
    9. The Physiology and Biochemistry of Soil Biota Relative to Their Function
    10. The Ecology of the Soil Biota and their Function
    11. Plant-Soil Biota Interactions
    12. The Formation of Soil Organic Matter and Carbon Cycling
    13. Methods for Studying Soil Organic Matter and Its Dynamics
    14. Nitrogen Transformations in a Changing Environment
    15. Biological and Anthropogenic N Inputs and Their Role in Ecosystem Services
    16. Biological Cycling of Inorganic Nutrients and Metals in Soils and Their Role in Soil Biogeochemistry
    17. The Modelling of Soil Organic Matter Dynamics and Nutrient Cycling
    18. Management of Soil Biota and Their Processes
    19. Soil Microbiology, Ecology and Biochemistry: Ensuring a Great Future in an Era When Biodiversity, Food Security and Global Change Present Both Challenges and Opportunities


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