Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry

Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry

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This revised and updated text guides students through biochemical and microbial processes in soils and introduces them to microbial processes in water and sediments. This classic teaching text includes basic concepts and applications in agriculture, forestry, ecology, and environmental science. It can also be an invaluable resource for research in biogeochemistry, microbiology, sustainable agriculture, and environmental amelioration. The Second Edition has expanded to include such topics as bioremediation, molecular biology of soil, biodiversity of soil organisms, and the impact of global climate change on soil microhabitats. It includes many interpretive diagrams and provides compact and concise coverage of soil microbiology. It is thoroughly updated and expanded to include bioremdiation, soil molecular biology, biodiversity, and global climate change.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 340 pages
  • 158 x 236.2 x 22.1mm | 627.04g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 100 b&w illustrations, references, further reading, index
  • 0125468067
  • 9780125468060

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"A highly readable account of the significance and role of micro-organisms in biological and biochemical processes in soil, emphasizing the interdisciplinary quality of soil microbiological research. I think that this is a useful and informative book, suitable both for institutional and person purchases..." --Gianfranco Novarino, Natural History Museum, SGM QUARTERLY "A work which encompasses the complexity of soil biology and developing techniques in a comprehensive, valuable and readable form." --EXPERIMENTAL AGRICULTURE
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Table of contents

Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry in Perspective. Soil as a Habitat for Organisms and Their Reactions. Methods for Studying Soil Organisms. Components of the Soil Biota. Occurrence and Distribution of Soil Organisms. Carbon Cycling and Soil Organic Matter. Dynamics of Residue Decomposition and Soil Organic Matter Turnover. Ammonification and Nitrification. The Fate of Nitrates. Closing the Nitrogen Cycle: Return of Nitrogen to the Soil. Mycorrhizal Relationships. The Commercialization of Organisms. Phosphorus Transformations. Sulfur Transformations in Soil. Microbial Transformations of Metal. Chapter References and Suggested Reading. Subject Index.
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About Eldor A. Paul

Eldor A. Paul is a Senior Research Scientist at the Natural Resources Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University, Fort Collins and Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University, East Lansing. During his time at Michigan State, he was professor of Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry, and Crop and Soil Sciences. He earned degrees from the University of Alberta and the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on the dynamics of soil organic matter and the microbial ecology of soil. Dr. Paul is a Fellow of ASA, SSSA, the Canadian Society of Soil Science, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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