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Soil: Reflections on the Basis of Our Existence

  • A much more easy way into the world of soil science than other books because of numerous colour photos with independent legends
  • A perfect blend of scientific facts and entertaining stories to keep the reader interested and curious
  • It fills a hole in the garden literature and was elected as the garden book of the year in Sweden, although it is not at all a garden book

By: Håkan Wallander(Author)

141 pages, 90 colour & 11 b/w illustrations


Hardback | Sep 2014 | #216637 | ISBN-13: 9783319084572
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NHBS Price: £54.99 $70/€61 approx

About this book

Håkan Wallander is a professor in Soil Biology and the reader is guided through the fascinating world below ground. Soil: Reflections on the Basis of Our Existence has a free form and the author mixes scientific facts with personal stories from active research experiences and everyday life. The main focus is to make the reader aware of the vast biodiversity that exists in the soil, and to describe the important processes provided by the soil organisms.

Reflections are made on how dependent we are on living soils, and how vulnerable the soil is if managed in a wrong way. The importance of soils as carbon sinks and reflections about the possible influence of soils for taste and quality of food and wine is also covered. Soil: Reflections on the Basis of Our Existence is illustrated with photographs and every picture has a legend that stands on its own. In this way the reader will have an easy way into the book, and the main aim is to gain new readers to a subject that is immensely important but not very attractive to laypersons.


- Foreword
- Our indispensable soil
- How soil is formed
- Floral splendour and shortage of nutrients
- Life in the soil
- The circulation of nutrients
- Biological warfare
- A matter of taste
- Soil and climate
- Epilogue

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