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

Principles and Applications of Soil Microbiology

3rd Edition

Editors: Terry Gentry Jeffry Fuhrmann David Zuberer
Paperback ISBN: 9780128202029
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st June 2021
Page Count: 728
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Written by leading experts in their respective fields, Principles and Applications of Soil Microbiology 3e, provides a comprehensive, balanced introduction to soil microbiology, and captures the rapid advances in the field such as recent discoveries regarding habitats and organisms, microbially mediated transformations, and applied environmental topics. Carefully edited for ease of reading, it aids users by providing an excellent multi-authored reference, the type of book that is continually used in the field. Background information is provided in the first part of the book for ease of comprehension. The following chapters then describe such fundamental topics as soil environment and microbial processes, microbial groups and their interactions, and thoroughly addresses critical nutrient cycles and important environmental and agricultural applications.

An excellent textbook and desk reference, Principles and Applications of Soil Microbiology, 3e, provides readers with broad, foundational coverage of the vast array of microorganisms that live in soil and the major biogeochemical processes they control. Soil scientists, environmental scientists, and others, including soil health and conservation specialists, will find this material invaluable for understanding the amazingly diverse world of soil microbiology, managing agricultural and environmental systems, and formulating environmental policy.

Key Features

  • Includes discussion of major microbial methods, embedded within topical chapters
  • Includes information boxes and case studies throughout the text to illustrate major concepts and connect fundamental knowledge with potential applications
  • Study questions at the end of each chapter allow readers to evaluate their understanding of the materials


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

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Historical Perspective
Terry Gentry and David Zuberer
2. The Soil Habitat
Julie A. Howe and A. Peyton Smith
3. Microbial Metabolism
Jeffry Fuhrmann
4. Microbial Genetics
Cindy H. Nakatsu
5. Bacteria and Archaea
Mary Ann Bruns
6. Fungi
Joseph B. Morton
7. Cyanobacteria and Algae
Ferran Garcia-Pichel and Jayne Belnap
8. Fauna
Josef Gorres and Jose Amador
9. Viruses
Kurt Williamson
10. Microbial Ecology
Stephanie Yarwood
11. Rhizosphere
Lindsey C. Slaughter
12. Mycorrhizal Symbioses
Rhae Drijber and Morgan McPherson
13. Carbon Transformations and Soil Organic Matter Formation
Jeffry Fuhrmann and David Zuberer
14. Applied Aspects of Soil Carbon
Alan Franzluebbers
15. Transformations of Nitrogen
David Myrold
16. Biological Dinitrogen (N2) Fixation: Introduction and Nonsymbiotic
David Zuberer
17. Biological Dinitrogen Fixation: Symbiotic
Janice Thies
18. Microbial Transformations of Sulfur in Soil
Vadakattu V.S.R. Gupta and James Germida
19. Phosphorus and Other Elements
Shiping Deng
20. Global Gases
Wendy H. Yang, Steven J. Hall and Gavin McNicol
21. Biodegradation of Environmental Pollutants
William James Hickey
22. Bioremediation of Contaminated Soils
Robyn A. Barbato and Mike Reynolds
23. Biological Control of Soilborne Plant Pathogens and Nematodes
James H. Graham and Sarah L. Strauss
24. Composting: The Microbiological Processing of Organic Wastes
David Zuberer and Larry M. Zibilske
25. Soil Microbial Influences on One Health
Ian L. Pepper and John Brooks


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About the Editors

Terry Gentry

Terry Gentry

Dr. Terry Gentry is a Professor of Soil and Aquatic Microbiology in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University. He teaches an undergraduate course in soil and water microbiology and a graduate course in environmental microbiology. His research focuses on the use of molecular technologies to detect and identify microbial pathogens from animal, human, and natural sources along with the characterization of microbial populations and communities contributing to applied processes such as the bioremediation of organic and metal contaminants and sustainability of intensive cropping systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Soil and Aquatic Microbiology, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA

Jeffry Fuhrmann

Jeffry J. Fuhrmann is a Professor of Soil Microbiology in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, with a joint appointment in Biological Sciences, at the University of Delaware. He teaches a graduate course in soil microbiology and undergraduate courses in introductory soil science and soils and sustainability. His research has focused primarily on the ecology and diversity of soybean bradyrhizobia using combined phenotypic and genotypic approaches. More recently, this emphasis has extended into analogous studies of associated bacteriophages. His research has additionally examined broader aspects of the microbial ecology of soils and the rhizosphere. 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, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA

David Zuberer

Dr. 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 nitrogen fixation and 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. He was the recipient of the 2003 Soil Science Education Award and the 2012 Agronomic Resident Education Award of the American Society of Agronomy. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

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