Preface. 1. What is Soil biological Fertility? L.K. Abbott, D.V. Murphy; 2. Impact of Fauna on chemical Transformations in soil, G.H.R. Osler; 3. Impact of Microorganisms on Chemical Transformatons in Soil, D.V. Murphy, E.A. Stockdale, P.C. Brooks, K.W.T. Goulding; 4. Role of Fauna in Soil Physical Processes, P.C.J. van Vliet, P.F. Hendrix; 5. Contributions of Rhizosphere Interactions to Soil Biological Fertility, P. Marschner, Z. Rengel; 6. Contributions of Rhizobia to Soil Nitrogen Fertility, A. McInnes, K. Haq; 7. Contributions of Arbuscular Mycorrhizas to Soil Biological Fertility, D.D. Douds Jr., N. Collins Johnson; 8. Relevance of Plant Root Pathogens to Soil Biological Fertility, V.V.S.R. Gupta, K. Sivasithamparam; 9. Relevance of Interactions amongst Soil Microorganisms to Soil Biological Fertility, W.M. Williamson, D.A. Wardle; 10. Managing the Soil Habitat for Enhanced Biological Fertility, M.J. Clapperton, K. Yin Chan, F.J. Larney; 11. Sustainable Farming Systems and their Impact on Soil Biological Fertility - Some Case Studies, E.A. Stockdale, W.R. Cookson; 12. Sustainability of Soil Management Practices - A Global Perspective, P. Smith, D.S. Powlson; List of Contributors; Index.
It is becoming more relevant to explore soil biological processes in terms of their contribution to soil fertility. This book presents a comprehensive scientific overview of the components and processes that underpin the biological characteristics of soil fertility. It highlights the enormous diversity of life in soil and the resulting effects that management of land can have on the contribution of this diverse community to soil fertility in an agricultural context.
Provides a comprehensive view of Soil Biology
Overview of plant-microbial symbioses, plant pathology and roles of soil fauna and soil microorganisms in general soil processes including both physical and chemical processes