The Rhizosphere: Biochemistry and Organic Substances at the Soil-Plant Interface, Second Edition, 2nd Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Rhizosphere

Biochemistry and Organic Substances at the Soil-Plant Interface, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

Edited by Roberto Pinton, Zeno Varanini, Paolo Nannipieri

CRC Press

472 pages | 79 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780849338557
pub: 2007-05-11

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In the rhizosphere, exudates from plants and microorganisms as well as stable soil organic matter influence processes that can control plant growth, microbial infections, and nutrient uptake. As the chemistry and biochemistry of these substances becomes more and more clear, their study promises to shed light on the complex interactions between plant and soil microflora.

Maintaining the interdisciplinary approach of the first edition, The Rhizosphere: Biochemistry and Organic Substances at the Soil-Plant Interface, Second Edition summarizes information on soil science, agronomy, plant nutrition, plant physiology, microbiology, and biochemistry to provide a comprehensive and updated overview of the most recent advances in the field. Revised and expanded, the second edition presents new information on areas that are only recently gaining importance for understanding the complex biochemistry of the soil-microbe-plant interaction. New topics include the role of nutrient availability in regulating root morphology and architecture, the involvement of root membrane activities in determining and responding to the nutritional conditions in the rhizosphere, molecular signals between root-root and root-microbe, and gene flow and the evolution of rhizosphere organisms and their coevolution with plants. The book also covers mathematical modeling and methodological approaches to the study of the rhizosphere. Information in all chapters derives from a molecular approach which contributes to a better understanding of the biochemical processes occurring at the plant-soil interface.

Drawing on the expertise of pioneers in the field, The Rhizosphere: Biochemistry and Organic Substances at the Soil-Plant Interface, Second Edition contributes to the vigorous interchange between rhizosphere biochemistry and molecular biology to provide the most current information and stimulate further interest and research on this fascinating topic.


"The authors of the book describe interactions that occur at the soil-root interface, and provide a comprehensive and complex overview of the recent investigations. This edition explains the multidisciplinary nature of the rhizosphere, concerning soil science, agronomy, plant nutrition and physiology, microbiology and biochemistry. Information about rhizosphere biochemistry and molecular biology is reviewed by 34 contributors from 9 countries. The authors belong to leader scientists who are solving processes that take place in the rhizosphere. … The book is intended for advanced students and researchers in agricultural, biological and environmental sciences interested in widening knowledge about rhizosphere, provide the most current information and we hope that it stimulate further interest on this topic."

—E. Skrzypek and I. Czyczylo-Mysza

"All chapters of this nicely printed and bound book are arranged in a similar form of concise review articles with many figures and abundant list of references. The book will be undoubtedly of continuous interest to plant scientists, soil biologists and practicing plant ecologists as an invaluable source of basic information."

– J. Gloser, New Rapd Marker for Virus Resistance

"The main strength of this second edition is that it is on the topic of rhizosphere; despite the many research questions associated with this topic, there are few competing books and it is still an emerging field. Because the field is growing, I suspect this text will have a wide readership."

– Michelle Watt, in Annals of Botany, September 2009, Vol. 104, No. 4

Table of Contents

Types, Amounts, and Possible Functions of Compounds Released into the Rhizosphere by Soil-Grown Plants, N.C. Uren

The Release of Root Exudates as Affected by the Plant Physiological Status, G. Neumann and V. Römheld

Rhizodeposition and Microbial Populations, M.J. Brimecombe, F.A.A.M. De Leij, and J.M. Lynch

Nutrient Transformations in the Rhizosphere, L. Badalucco and P. Nannipieri

Nutrients as Regulators of Root Morphology and Architecture, W. Schmidt and B. Linke

Root Membrane Activities Relevant to Nutrient Acquisition at the Plant–Soil Interface, Z. Varanini and R. Pinton

Function of Siderophores in the Plant Rhizosphere, D.E. Crowley and S.M. Kraemer

Mycorrhizal Fungi: A Fungal Community at the Interface between Soil and Roots, F. Martin, S. Perotto, and P. Bonfante

Molecular Biology and Ecology of the Rhizobia–Legume Symbiosis, D. Werner

Biocontrol of Plant Pathogens: Principles, Promises, and Pitfalls, B. Lugtenberg and J. Leveau

Chemical Signals in the Rhizosphere: Root–Root and Root–Microbe Communication, L.G. Perry, É.R. Alford, J. Horiuchi, M.W. Paschke, and J.M. Vivanco

Modeling the Rhizosphere, P.R. Darrah and T. Roose

Methodological Approaches to the Study of Carbon Flow and the Associated Microbial Population Dynamics in the Rhizosphere, J.A. Van Veen, J. Alun, W. Morgan, and J. M. Whipps

Gene Flow in the Rhizosphere, Mercier, E. Kay, T.M. Vogel, and P. Simonet

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Subject Categories

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SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General