Soil Microbiology and Sustainable Crop Production

  • Geoffrey R. Dixon
  • Emma L. Tilston

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Andrew D. Noble, Sawaeng Ruaysoongnern
    Pages 1-25
  3. Teri C. Balser, Devin Wixon, Lindsey K. Moritz, Laura Lipps
    Pages 27-57
  4. David W. Hopkins, Jennifer A. J. Dungait
    Pages 59-80
  5. Leo Condron, Christine Stark, Maureen O’Callaghan, Peter Clinton, Zhiqun Huang
    Pages 81-118
  6. Oksana Y. Shtark, Alexey Y. Borisov, Vladimir A. Zhukov, Nikolay A. Provorov, Igor A. Tikhonovich
    Pages 119-196
  7. Geoffrey R. Dixon, Emma L. Tilston
    Pages 197-271
  8. Emma L. Tilston, Tom Sizmur, Geoffrey R. Dixon, Wilfred Otten, Jim A. Harris
    Pages 273-295
  9. Petra Marschner, Zed Rengel
    Pages 297-314
  10. Alison Stewart, Michael Brownbridge, Robert A. Hill, Trevor A. Jackson
    Pages 315-371
  11. Teri C. Balser, Jessica L. M. Gutknecht, Chao Liang
    Pages 373-397
  12. Harpinder S. Sandhu, Vadakattu V. S. R. Gupta, Stephen D. Wratten
    Pages 399-417
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 419-436

About this book


Soils into which crop plants root and from which they obtain essential minerals and water contain huge arrays of microbes. Many have highly beneficial effects on crop growth and productivity, others are pathogens causing diseases and losses to yield and quality, a few microbes offer protection from these pathogenic forms and others have little or no effect. These intimate and often complex inter-relationships are being explored with increasing success providing exciting opportunities for increasing crop yields and quality in sustainable harmony with the populations of beneficial soil microbes and to the detriment of pathogens. This book explores current knowledge for each of these aspects of soil microbiology and indicates where future progress is most likely to aid in increasing crop productivity by means which are environmentally benign and beneficial.Advanced first degree, post-graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, lecturers, research-leaders, consultants, advisors, crop practitioners and policy makers involved with crop agronomy, biological control, plant pathology, plant breeding, agriculture, soil science, environmental interactions and conservation, and others requiring up to date knowledge of the impact of soil microbiology on sustainable crop production will find this book invaluable.


Bio-control Economics Marsch Pathogen Pathology Sustainable Sustainable Agriculture Symbiosis crop plants crop yield microbe microbiology quality soil

Editors and affiliations

  • Geoffrey R. Dixon
    • 1
  • Emma L. Tilston
    • 2
  1. 1., School of Biological SciencesUniversity of ReadingReadingUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Scottish Universities Environmental ReseEast KilbrideUnited Kingdom

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