An exploration of the most complex microbial ecosystems with incisive reviews of developments in soil science. It presents techniques of chemical analysis, refinements of environmental protection measures, and methods for maximizing agricultural yields. It also addresses a wide range of biochemical processes and practical applications of advanced biotechnologies.
Table of Contents
Anaerobic biodegradation of halogenated aromatic pesticides - influence of alternate electron acceptors; anaerobic microbiology in waterlogged rice fields; silylation of soil organic matter - extraction of humic compounds and soil-bound residues; mechanism of protein adsorption on surfaces and consequences for soil extracellular enzyme activity; role of biomolecules in the formation and reactivity towards nutrients and organics of variable-charge minerals and organo-mineral complexes in soil environment; the plate method as a tool for delineating the microbial world in soil; characterization of the soil microbiota with quinone profile; genetic ecology of soybean bradyrhizobia; recent advances in the use of fungi in environmental remediation and biotechnology; biogeochemistry of Mediterranean forest ecosystems - a case study; microbiodiversity of soils and its impact on public health and ecological processes; interfaces of soil biology with archaeological investigations.
"Universal praise for previous volumes. . . . . .The broad range of topics [in volume 7] includes chapters focusing on minerals (sulfur), organisms (nematophagous fungi), and analytical techniques (extraction of enzymes from soils). "
". . .[volume 8 is] an invaluable collection for which the authors of the individual chapters and the editors should take credit. . ..well written, well researched and well referenced. "
---Journal of Soil Science
". . .volume 8 achieves the high standards established by its forerunners. . ..a clearly written evaluation of the historical and current aspects of the allotted topics. . . .an excellent addition to the library of soil microbiologists and soil biochemists as well as most general soil scientists. "
". . .volume 9 continues the tradition of valuable review articles, authoritatively written and extensively referenced. . ..should be a priority as a library purchase. "
---European Journal of Soil Science