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Soil Biology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461578703
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 11/17/2012
  • Series: Tertiary Level Biology Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1989
  • Pages: 154
  • Product dimensions: 5.83 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Soils and Organisms.- 1.1 Introduction.- 1.2 The soil environment.- 1.3 The soil population.- 1.4 Organisms and nutrient cycling.- 2 Soil Biochemistry.- 2.1 Substrate supply.- 2.2 Substrate quality.- 2.3 Nutrition of soil bacteria.- 2.4 Selected biochemical processes.- 2.5 Soil enzymes.- 2.6 Measurement of microbial biomass.- 3 Root-Microbe Interactions.- 3.1 The rhizosphere.- 3.2 Microbial processes in the rhizosphere.- 3.3 Plant root pathogens.- 3.4 The legume-Rhizobium symbiosis.- 3.5 Actinorhizas.- 3.6 Agrobacterium.- 3.7 Mycorrhizas.- 3.8 Root-knot nematodes.- 4 Soil as an Environment for Organisms.- 4.1 Temperature.- 4.2 Salinity.- 4.3 Acidity.- 4.4 Heavy metals.- 4.5 Radioactivity.- 4.6 Soil moisture.- 4.7 Movement of organisms in soil.- 4.8 Soil atmosphere.- 4.9 Role of surfaces.- 4.10 Effects of roots on soil properties.- 5 Biological Processes, Soil Formation and Development.- 5.1 Pedogenesis.- 5.2 Weathering of rock.- 5.3 The role of organic matter.- 5.4 Profile development.- 5.5 The influence of man.- 6 Soil Biology and Man.- 6.1 Pesticides.- 6.2 Inorganic and organic N fertilisers.- 6.3 Inoculation.- 6.4 Use of genetically engineered micro-organisms.- 6.5 Sustainable agricultural systems.- 6.6 Conclusions.- Further Reading.
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