Nucleic Acids and Proteins in Soil

  • Paolo Nannipieri
  • Kornelia Smalla

Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIII
  2. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner
    Pages 23-48
  3. Lars R. Bakken, Åsa Frostegård
    Pages 49-73
  4. Kaare M. Nielsen, Luca Calamai, Giacomo Pietramellara
    Pages 141-157
  5. George A. Kowalchuk, Barbara Drigo, Etienne Yergeau, Johannes A. van Veen
    Pages 159-188
  6. Mike Manefield, Robert I. Griffiths, Mark J. Bailey, Andrew S. Whiteley
    Pages 205-216
  7. Martin Krsek, William H. Gaze, N. Z. Morris, Elizabeth M. H. Wellington
    Pages 217-255
  8. Liliana Gianfreda, Pacifico Ruggiero
    Pages 257-311
  9. Jan Dirk van Elsas, Sarah Turner, Jack T. Trevors
    Pages 331-353
  10. Anne Mercier, Elisabeth Kay, Pascal Simonet
    Pages 355-373
  11. Mette Burmølle, Lars Hestbjerg Hansen, Søren J. Sørensen
    Pages 397-419
  12. Christoph C. Tebbe, Rona Miethling-Graff
    Pages 421-447
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 449-458

About this book


With millions of different bacterial species living in soil, the microbial community is extremely complex, varying at very small scales. Microbe-driven functions are essential for most processes in soil. Thus, a better understanding of this microbial diversity will be invaluable for the management of the various soil functions.

Nucleic Acids and Proteins in Soil combines traditional approaches in soil microbiology and biochemistry with the latest techniques in molecular microbial ecology. Included are methods to analyse the presence and importance of nucleic acids and proteins both inside and outside microbial cells, the horizontal gene transfer which drives bacterial diversity, as well as soil proteomes. Further chapters describe techniques such as PCR, fingerprinting, the challenging use of gene arrays for structural and functional analysis, stable isotope probing to identify in situ metabolic functions, and the use of marker and reporter genes in soil microbial ecology.


PCR bacteria biochemistry biology chemistry ecology enzymes gene transfer genes microbe microbes microbial ecology microbiology protein soil

Editors and affiliations

  • Paolo Nannipieri
    • 1
  • Kornelia Smalla
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento della Scienza del Suolo e Nutrizione della PiantaFirenzeItaly
  2. 2.Institut für Pflanzenvirologie, Mikrobiologie und biologische SicherheitBiologische Bundesanstalt für Land- und Forstwirtschaft (BBA)BraunschweigGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-29448-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-29449-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1613-3382
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