Vital Soil

Vital Soil

Function, Value and Properties

1st Edition - November 3, 2004

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  • Editors: P. Doelman, H.J.P. Eijsackers
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080474786

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Healthy soil, with active soil life, deters long-term soil degradation and ensures that geo-physical processes are undisturbed. Is the vitality of soil under threat due to human civilization? Or is it due to contamination, intensification, and deforestation? Vital Soil aims to look at the effects society is having on soil and contains contributions from recognized experts in soil science.

Key Features

* Function and value of vital soils
* Detailed information on how to prevent soil from irreversible stresses
* Articles on soil life aiming to bridge the gap between science and practice from experienced and well known contributors


Researchers, scientists, & professionals in the soil sciences, earth sciences, and agronomy fields

Table of Contents

  • List of contributors.
    I. Introduction.
    1. Leading concepts towards vital soil (H. Eijsackers).
    II. General aspects of vital soils.
    2. The formation of soils (N. van Breemen).
    3. Vegetation, organic matter and soil quality (W.H.O. Ernst).
    4. Soil biota and activity (H.A. Verhoef).
    III. Integrative approaches in soil biology.
    5. The key role of soil microbes (W. Verstraete, B. Mertens).
    6. The use of soil invertebrates in ecological surveys of contaminated soils (N.M. van Straalen).
    7. Balance and stability in vital soils (P.C. de Ruiter).
    8. Soil and higher organisms: from bottom-up relations to top-down monitoring (N.W. van den Brink).
    IV. Natural attenuation and monitoring.
    9. Fate of contaminants in soil (W.J.G.M. Peijnenburg).
    10. Ecological soil monitoring and quality assessment (A.M. Breure).
    V. Synthesis and outlook.
    11. Synthesis for soil management (P. Doelman).
    Subject index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 358
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2004
  • Published: November 3, 2004
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080474786

About the Editors

P. Doelman

Affiliations and Expertise

Wageningen, The Netherlands

H.J.P. Eijsackers

Affiliations and Expertise

Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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