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The living soil is crucial to photosynthesis, biogeochemical cycles, global food production, climate change, biodiversity, and plant and animal health. In the past decade, scientists have made significant advances in soil microbiology research. While the basic principles are now better understood, knowledge has been forthcoming on the best available technologies and methods applied to researching soil microorganisms, their diversity, interactions, biochemistry, survival, gene expression, and their roles in global climate change, plant disease suppression and growth stimulation, and biogeochemical cycles. This knowledge can be applied to better predict the transformation of pollutants in soil and the activities of microbes in the rhizosphere. It will also assist us in fostering crop production in an era with an increasing human population and intensification of agriculture.
Following the tradition of its predecessors, Modern Soil Microbiology, Third Edition, is an indispensable source that supports graduate/undergraduate teaching for soil and environmental microbiologists in academia, as well as in government and industrial laboratories. It is a comprehensive collection of chapters on various aspects of soil microbiology, useful for all professionals working with soils. Compiled by internationally renowned educators and research scholars, this textbook contains key tables, figures, and photographs, supported by thousands of references to illustrate the depth of knowledge in soil microbiology.
Basic Chapters. The Soil Physical and Chemical Environment. Soil as an "Island" Environment for Microbial Life. The Rhizosphere as a Habitat. Microbial Diversity in Soil. The Bacteria in Soil. The Fungi in Soil. The Viruses in Soil. Horizontal Gene Transfer and Microevolution in Soil. Protozoa and other Protista in Soil. Microbial Interactions in Soil. Plant-Associated Bacteria. Microorganisms Cycling Soil Nutrients and their Diversity. Soil Microbial Communities and Global Climate Change. Modern Methodology and Approaches. Methods to Detect and Quantify Bacteria in Soil and Rhizosphere. Molecular Community Fingerprinting Techniques. Metagenomics of Soil Communities. Transcriptomics of Soil Communities. Proteomics of Soil Communities. Stable Isotope Probing. Cultivating the as-yet Unculturables – New Methods to Recover Microbial Organisms from Soil. Statistical Methods and Bioinformatics Pipelines of Soil Analysis. Applied Aspects of Soil Microbiology. Soil Suppressiveness to Plant Diseases. Biocontrol and Plant Growth Promotion. Nitrogen Fixing Inoculants, Land Use Practices, and Soil Sustainability. Biodegradation and Bioremediation of Polluted Soil. Heavy Metals and Microbes in Soil. Transport and Survival of Pathogens in Soil. Water Deficits and Soil Microbiology. Molecular Methods and the New Soil Microbiology. Biosensors to Monitor Soil Toxicity. Economic and Soil Impacts of Soil Microorganisms.