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Principles and Applications of Soil Microbiology - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780128202029

Principles and Applications of Soil Microbiology

3rd Edition

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Editors: David Zuberer Jeffry Fuhrmann Terry Gentry
Paperback ISBN: 9780128202029
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st February 2021
Page Count: 650
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Principles and Applications of Soil Microbiology, Third Edition provides a balanced introduction to soil microbiology and rapid advances in the field, including habitats and organisms, microbially mediated transformation, and applied environmental topics. Sections cover background information, describe fundamental topics such as soil environment, microbial processes, microbial groups and their interactions, and address critical nutrient cycles and important environmental and agricultural applications. This book provides students, soil scientists, environmental scientists, and others that effect environmental policy with foundational coverage of the diverse array of microorganisms that live in soil, the biogeochemical processes they control, and applications where soil microorganisms are managed.

Key Features

  • Provides a discussion of major microbial methods, embedded within respective, topical chapters
  • Presents information boxes and case studies throughout the text to illustrate major concepts and connect fundamental knowledge with potential applications
  • Contains study questions at the end of each chapter that allow readers to evaluate their understanding of the materials
  • Includes a glossary that provides definitions of all major soil science terms
  • Discusses major microbial methods, embedded within respective, topical chapters


Advanced undergraduate students, beginning graduate students, and professionals working in soil science and soil microbiology

Table of Contents

Part 1 Fundamentals
1. Introduction and Historical Perspective
2. The Soil Habitat
3. Microbial Metabolism
4. Microbial Genetics

Part 2 Organisms and Interactions
5. Bacteria
6. Fungi
7. Cyanobacteria and Algae
8. Fauna
9. Viruses
10. Microbial Ecology
11. Rhizosphere
12. Mycorrhizal Symbioses

Part 3 Cycles in Soil
13. Carbon Transformations and Soil Organic Matter Formation
14. Nitrogen
15. Biological Dinitrogen Fixation: Introduction and Nonsymbiotic
16. Biological Dinitrogen Fixation: Symbiotic
17. Transformations of Sulfur
18. Phosphorus and Other Elements

Part 4 Environmental and Agricultural Perspectives
19. Global Gases
20. Microbiology and Biochemistry of Xenobiotic Compound Degradation
21. Bioremediation of Contaminated Soils
22. Biological Control of Soilborne Plant Pathogens and Nematodes
23. Composting of Organic Wastes
24. One Health – Intersection of Soil, Plant, Animal, and Human Health


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About the Editors

David Zuberer

David A. Zuberer is a professor emeritus of Soil Microbiology in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University. He taught soil microbiology continuously for >30 years in addition to maintaining an active research program in rhizosphere microbiology. He served as a Technical Editor of the Soil Biology and Biochemistry Division (S3) of the Soil Science Society of America Journal. He is a Fellow of both the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America and was the recipient of the 2003 Soil Science Education Award.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus of Soil Microbiology, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Texas A&M University, USA

Jeffry Fuhrmann

Jeffry J. Fuhrmann is a professor of Soil Microbiology in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Delaware. He teaches graduate courses in soil microbiology, soil microbial ecology, and co-teaches an undergraduate course in environmental microbiology. His major research interests include synecological and autoecological studies of microorganisms in soil and rhizospheres, microbial tracking in the environment, and genetic and phenotypic diversity of rhizobia. He has served as an associate editor for the Soil Science Society of America Journal.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Soil Microbiology, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Delaware, USA

Terry Gentry

Terry Gentry

Dr. Terry Gentry is currently an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University and is also the Director of the Soil and Aquatic Microbiology Laboratory (SAML). He is an environmental microbiologist specializing in the development and use of molecular technologies to enhance the detection and remediation of environmental contamination. This includes the detection and identification of microbial pathogens from animal, human, and natural sources and also the characterization of microbial populations and communities contributing to applied remediation processes such as the bioremediation of organic and metal contaminants. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental microbiology and environmental soil science. He is the author or co-author of over 45 peer-reviewed journal articles and 4 book chapters.

Affiliations and Expertise

Texas A&M University, College Station, USA

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