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Modern Soil Microbiology

2nd Edition

Edited by Jan Dirk van Elsas, Jack T. Trevors, Janet K. Jansson, Paola Nannipieri

CRC Press

672 pages | 101 B/W Illus.

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In the ten years since the publication of Modern Soil Microbiology, the study of soil microbiology has significantly changed, both in the understanding of the diversity and function of soil microbial communities and in research methods. Ideal for students in a variety of disciplines, this second edition provides a cutting-edge examination of a fascinating discipline that encompasses ecology, physiology, genetics, molecular biology, and biotechnology, and makes use of biochemical and biophysical approaches. The chapters cover topics ranging from the fundamental to the applied and describe the use of advanced methods that have provided a great thrust to the discipline of soil microbiology.

Using the latest molecular analyses, they integrate principles of soil microbiology with novel insights into the physiology of soil microorganisms. The authors discuss the soil and rhizosphere as habitats for microorganisms, then go on to describe the different microbial groups, their adaptive responses, and their respective processes in interactive and functional terms. The book highlights a range of applied aspects of soil microbiology, including the nature of disease-suppressive soils, the use of biological control agents, biopesticides and bioremediation agents, and the need for correct statistics and experimentation in the analyses of the data obtained from soil systems.

Reviews

“Completely revised and rewritten by international experts, this second edition provides a broad, cutting-edge examination of a fascinating discipline that encompasses ecology, physiology, genetics, molecular biology, and biotechnology, and makes use of biochemical and biophysical approaches. The chapters cover topics ranging from fundamental to the applied and describe the use of advanced methods that have provided a great thrust to the discipline of soil microbiology. … The book highlights a range of applied aspects of soil microbiology, including the nature of disease-suppressive soils, the use of biological control agents, biopesticides and bioremediation agents, and the need for correct statistics and experimentation in the analyses of the data obtained from soil systems. ”

— In International Pest Control, Vol. 49, No. 1, p. 42-43, January/February 2007

"This book fills a critical niche, and would be an excellent primary text for upper-level undergraduate or graduate courses in soil microbiology."

– Matthew D. Wallenstein, Natural Resource Ecology Lab., Colorado State University, in Social Science Society of America Journal, November/ December 2007, Vol. 71, No. 6

Table of Contents

Soil Environment, D. Standing and K. Killham

Microbial Phylogeny and Diversity in Soil, V. Torsvik and L. Øvreås

Horizontal Gene Transfer and Microevolution in Soil, K.M. Nielsen, Pål Johnsen, and J.D. van Elsas

Bacteria and Archaea in Soil, J. D. van Elsas, V. Torsvik, A. Hartmann, L. Øvreås, and J.K. Jansson

Fungi in Soil, R.D. Finlay

Protozoa and Other Protista in Soil, M. Clarholm, M. Bonkowsk, and B. Griffiths

Microbial Interactions in Soil, J.D. van Elsas, L. Tam, R.D. Finlay, K. Killham, and J.T. Trevors

Plant-Associated Bacteria—Lifestyle and Molecular Interactions, J. Sørensen and A. Sessitsch

Microorganisms Cycling Soil Nutrients and Their Diversity, J.I. Prosser

Soil Microbial Communities and Global Climate Change—Methanotrophic and Methanogenic Communities as Paradigms, R. Conrad

Methods to Detect and Quantify Bacteria in Soil, O. Nybroe, K.K. Brandt, M.H. Nicolaisen, and J. Sørensen

Analysis of Microbial Communities in Soil Microhabitats using Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization, M. Schmid, M. Rothballer, and A. Hartmann

Functional Characterization of Soil Microbial Communities by Messenger RNA Analysis, S. Sharma, M.K. Anej, and M. Schloter

Molecular Fingerprinting Techniques to Analyze Soil Microbial Communities, M. Oros-Sichler, R. Costa, H. Heuer, and K. Smalla

Detection of Active Bacterial Populations in Soil, T.M. Timms-Wilson, R.I. Griffiths, A.S. Whiteley, J.I. Prosser, and M.J. Bailey

Soil Metagenomics: Exploring and Exploiting the Soil Microbial Gene Pool, S. Sjöling, W. Stafford, and D.A. Cowan

Biosensors to Monitor Soil Health or Toxicity, P.H.B. Poulsen, L. Hestbjerg Hansen, and S.J. Sørensen

Soil Suppressiveness to Plant Diseases, C. Steinberg, V. Edel-Hermann, C. Alabouvette, and P. Lemanceau

Biological Pesticides for Control of Seed- and Soil-Borne Plant Pathogens, J.M. Whipps and B. Gerhardson

Plant Growth-Promoting Bacteria, S. Saleh and B.R. Glick

Biodegradation and Bioremediation of Organic Pollutants in Soil, K.T. Leung, K. Nandakumar, K. Sreekumari, H. Lee, and J.T. Trevors

Statistical Analyses of Microbiological and Environmental Data, B.B. McSpadden Gardener

Glossary Modern Soil Microbiology

Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI026000
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SCI045000
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Microbiology
TEC003000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General