Soil Biology and Agriculture in the Tropics

  • Patrice Dion

Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Stephen Nortcliff
    Pages 1-15
  3. Rainer Georg Joergensen
    Pages 17-44
  4. Gustavo Ribeiro Xavier, Maria Elizabeth Fernandes Correia, Adriana Maria de Aquino, Jerri Édson Zilli, Norma Gouvêa Rumjanek
    Pages 65-80
  5. Dieudonné Nwaga, Jan Jansa, Monique Abossolo Angue, Emmanuel Frossard
    Pages 81-107
  6. Radha Prasanna, Lata Nain, Alok Kumar Pandey, Saswati Nayak
    Pages 139-161
  7. Aline López-López, Mónica Rosenblueth, Julio Martínez, Esperanza Martínez-Romero
    Pages 163-184
  8. André Mundstock Xavier de Carvalho, Rodrigo de Castro Tavares, Irene Maria Cardoso, Thomas W. Kuyper
    Pages 185-208
  9. Daniel Uribe, Jimena Sánchez-Nieves, Javier Vanegas
    Pages 235-250
  10. Ziv Arbeli, Cilia L. Fuentes
    Pages 251-274
  11. Robert C. Abaidoo, Bernard Keraita, Pay Drechsel, Priyanka Dissanayake, Akple S. Maxwell
    Pages 275-297
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 317-325

About this book


The relationships between soils, microbes and humans are of crucial relevance in the tropics, where plant stress and microbial activity are exacerbated. This volume of Soil Biology presents the living component of tropical soils, showing how it is shaped by environmental conditions and emphasizing its dramatic impact on human survival and well-being.

Following an introduction to the specificities of tropical soils and of their microbial communities, the biological aspects of soil management are examined, dealing with land use change, conservation and slash-and-burn agriculture, the restoration of hot deserts, agroforestry and paddy rice cultivation. As they are of particular relevance for tropical agriculture, symbioses of plants and microbes are thoroughly covered, as are the biodegradation of pesticides and health risks associated with wastewater irrigation. Lastly, traditional soil knowledge is discussed as a key to our sustainable presence in this world.


Biofertilizers Deforestation Microbial communities Microbial pesticide degradation Rhizobia Soil degradation biodiversity ecosystem microorganism soil

Editors and affiliations

  • Patrice Dion
    • 1
  1. 1.Dépt. PhytologieUniversité LavalQuebecCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-05075-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-05076-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1613-3382
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