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.
- Fully updated and expanded to include new key chapters on historical developments, future applications, and soil viruses and proteins
- Discusses molecular methods applied to soil microbiology, diverse soil microorganisms, and global climate change
- Emphasizes the role of terrestrial microorganisms and cycles involved in climate change
- Details the latest molecular methods applied to soil microbiology research
- User-friendly for students, and containing numerous tables, figures, and illustrations to better understand the current knowledge in soil microbiology
Fundamental Chapters. The Soil Environment. The Seven Grand Questions on Soil Microbiology (Selman A. Waksman, Reexamined by Arthur D. McLaren). The Soil Microbiome--An Overview. The Bacteria and Archaea in Soil. The Fungi in Soil. The Viruses in Soil--Potential Roles, Activities, and Impacts. Horizontal Gene Transfer and Microevolution in Soil. The Protists in Soil--A Token of Untold Eukaryotic Diversity. Microbial Interactions in Soil. Plant-Associated Bacteria and the Rhizosphere. Microorganisms Cycling Soil Nutrients. Methods Chapters. Methods to Determine Bacterial Abundance, Localization, and General Metabolic Activity in Soil. Soil Microbiome Data Analysis. Soil Metagenomics: Deciphering the Soil Microbial Gene Pool. Analysis of Transcriptomes to Assess Expression and Activity Patterns of the Soil Microbiome. Metaproteomics of Soil Microbial Communities. Stable Isotope Probing--Detection of Active Microbes in Soil. Isolation of Uncultured Bacteria. Statistical Analyses of Microbiological and Environmental Data. Applied Chapters. Soil Microbial Communities and Global Change. Soil Suppressiveness to Plant Diseases. Plant Growth-Promoting Bacteria in Agricultural and Stressed Soils. Biodegradation and Bioremediation of of Organic Pollutants in Soil. The Impact of Metal Contamination on Soil Microbial Community Dynamics. Management Strategies for Soil Used for Cultivation, Including Modulation of the Soil Microbiome.