Microbiological Methods for Assessing Soil Quality

October 2008
More details
  • Publisher
  • Published
    1st October 2008
  • ISBN 9781845935009
  • Language English
  • Pages 320 pp.
  • Size 6.875" x 9.75"

With growing concern about the protection of soil quality and biodiversity many countries have established regional and national programs to monitor soil quality. This reprint of the successful 2005 hardback, reviews theory and practice of a range of the various microbiological methods used within these programs. The first section gives an overview of approaches to monitoring, evaluating and managing soil quality. The second section provides a practical handbook with detailed descriptions of the methods. The methods are described in chapters on soil microbial biomass and numbers, soil microbial activity, soil microbial diversity and community composition and plant microbe interactions and soil quality. Finally, a census is given of the main methods used in over 30 European microbiological laboratories.

"...presents a very good introductory and reference work for anyone with an interest in this area of research. I will be recommending this book to my students and requesting that the library orders a copy."

Oliver Knox - , Journal of Agricultural Science

Jaap Bloem

Jaap Bloem is at Alterra, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

David W Hopkins

No information

Anna Benedetti

Anna Benedetti is at the Instituto Sperimentale per la Nutrizione delle Piante, Rome, Italy.