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The Living Soil: Fundamentals of Soil Science and Soil Biology

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By: Jean-Michel Gobat, Michel Aragno and Willy Matthey

602 pages, B/w photos, figs, tabs

Science Publishers

Paperback | Dec 2003 | #143047 | ISBN: 1578082102
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Hardback | Dec 2004 | #143048 | ISBN: 1578082129
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About this book

Topics covered include: The Soil as an Ecological System; The Building Blocks of the Soil System: Inert Constituents and Living Organisms; Soil Properties; Life in Action; Formation, Development, and classification of soils; The forms of Soil Humus. The Topics in Soil Biology covered are: Soil and Vegetation: Relations at many levels; Dead, Wood, Excrements, Carcasses, and Gravel: Soil Appendages; Arrested Decomposition; Food Chains and Webs in the Soil; Soil Symbioses; and Soil Biology in the Future,


Part 1 Fundamentals of soil science: the soil, an ecological system; the building blocks of the soil system - inert constituents and living organisms; soil properties; life in action; formation, development and classification of soils; between life and soil -the forms of soil humus. Part 2 Topics in soil biology: soil and vegetation - relations at many levels; dead wood, excrements, carcasses and gravel - soil appendages; arrested decomposition - from sphagnum moss to peat; composting, a value addition to our wastes; soil bioremediation; animals and ecological niches; food chains and webs in the soil; soil enzymes; the rhizosphere - a (micro) biologically active interface between plant and soil; soil symbioses; soil biology in the future.

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