Soil Microbiology, Ecology and Biochemistry

Soil Microbiology, Ecology and Biochemistry

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 598 pages
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 4th edition
  • Approx. 200 illustrations
  • 0128099925
  • 9780128099926

Table of contents

1. Soil Microbiology, Ecology and Biochemistry: An Exciting Present and Great Future Built on Basic Knowledge and Unifying Concepts 2. The Soil Habitat 3. The Bacteria and Archaea 4. The Soil Fungi: Occurrence, Phylogeny, and Ecology 5. Soil Fauna: Occurrence, Biodiversity, and Roles in Ecosystem Function 6. Molecular Approaches to Studying the Soil Biota 7. Physiological and Biochemical Methods for Studying Soil Biota and their Functions 8. The Spatial Distribution of Soil Biota 9. The Metabolic Physiology of Soil Microorganisms 10. The Ecology of Soil Biota and their Function 11. Plant-Soil Biota Interactions 12. Carbon Cycling: The Dynamics and Formation of Organic Matter 13. Methods for Studying Soil Organic Matter: Nature, Dynamics, Spatial Accessibility, and Interactions with Minerals 14. Nitrogen Transformations 15. Biological N Inputs 16. Biological Cycling of Inorganic Nutrients and Metals in Soils and Their Role in Soil Biogeochemistry 17. Modeling the Dynamics of Soil Organic Matter and Nutrient Cycling 18. Management of Soil Biota and Their Processes
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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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