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Interactions Between Soil Particles and Microorganisms
Impact on the Terrestrial Ecosystem

Series on Analytical and Physical Chemistry
of Environmental Systems
- Vol. 8

P. M. Huang, J-M Bollag, and N. Senesi

John Wiley & Sons, 2002
[ISBN 0-471-60790-8]

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.

Electron 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.

Key features:

  • 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 ecology.

582 pages

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<book announcement published in Chem. Int. 24(4) 2002>

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