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The Architecture and Biology of Soils

The Architecture and Biology of Soils

Edited by K Ritz, I Young

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The Architecture and Biology of Soils

Soil is a fundamental and critical, yet often overlooked, component of terrestrial ecosystems. It is an extremely complex environment, supporting levels of diversity far greater than any ecosystem above ground. Bringing together existing knowledge in the areas of soil biology and physics, this book explores the key characteristics of soil spatial architecture, including how it develops and the consequences this has for life underground. The effects of soil's physical and biological components on their interactions and functions are used to demonstrate their roles in ecosystem dynamics.


Researchers and students in the soil and environmental sciences, plant sciences and microbiology.

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Author Edited by K Ritz, I Young
Availability In Print
Dimensions Unknown
Extent 256 Pages
ISBN 9781845935320
Publication date Oct-11
Book Type Hardcover


1. Views of the Underworld: in situ Visualization of Soil Biota

2. Modelling Soil Structure and Processes

3. Microbial Regulation of Soil Structural Dynamics

4. The Zoological Generation of Soil Structure

5. Biotic Regulation: Plants

6. Biota-Mineral Interactions

7. How do the Microhabitats Framed by Soil Structure Impact Soil Bacteria and the Processes that they Regulate?

8. Fungal Growth in Soils

9. Sensory Ecology in Soil Space

10. Managing the Interactions between Soil Biota and their Physical Habitat in Agroecosystems

11. Contaminated Soils and Bioremediation: Creation and Maintenance of Inner Space

12. Biological Interactions within Soil Profiles Engineered for Sport and Amenity Use

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