M. Huang, J-M Bollag, and N.
John Wiley & Sons, 2002
The three major (solid) components of soil - minerals, organic components
and microorganisms - together profoundly affect the physicochemical
and biological properties of terrestrial systems. To date, there have
been major scientific accomplishments in individual sub-disciplines,
i.e., in the chemistry of soil minerals, the chemistry of soil
organic matter and soil microbiology. However, minerals, organic matter
and microorganisms should not be considered as separate entities but
rather as a united system, with the components constantly in close association
and interaction with each other in the terrestrial environment.
microscopy of bacteria and fungi attached to wheat straw surfaces;
C. Chenu and Recous, from chapter one.
These interactions have an enormous impact on terrestrial processes
critical to environmental quality and ecosystem health around the globe.
Interactions between Soil Particles and Mircroorganism provides the
scientific community with a critical evaluation of state-of-the-art
research on the subject matter, with the goal of advancing the understanding
of reaction and processes at the interface between chemistry and biology
of soil and related environments.
- The first book to provide a comprehensive review of current research
into the interactions of minerals, organic components and microorganisms
in the soil, at molecular and microscopic levels
- Defines the impact that these interactions have on environmental
quality and ecosystem health
- Provides a unique insight into the effects of mineral-organic component-microorganism
interaction on pollutants in the soil
- Provides a stimulus for further research into the dynamics and mechanisms
of environmental processes in Nature
This volume will be an essential reference for chemists and biologists
studying environmental systems, as well as earth and soil scientist,
environmental geologists and environmental engineers. It will also serve
as a useful reference for professional/consultants in microbiology and