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Microbiology of Tropical Soils and Plant Productivity

  • Y. R. Dommergues
  • H. G. Diem

Part of the Developments in Plant and Soil Sciences book series (DPSS, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. R. Wetselaar, F. Ganry
    Pages 1-36
  3. A. H. Gibson, B. L. Dreyfus, Y. R. Dommergues
    Pages 37-73
  4. T. Yoshida, G. Rinaudo
    Pages 75-107
  5. J. H. Becking
    Pages 109-146
  6. P. A. Roger, P. A. Reynaud
    Pages 147-168
  7. J. L. Garcia, J. M. Tiedje
    Pages 187-208
  8. V. Gianinazzi-Pearson, H. G. Diem
    Pages 209-251
  9. J. F. Redhead
    Pages 253-269
  10. J. R. Freney, V. A. Jacq, J. F. Baldensperger
    Pages 271-317
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 319-328

About this book

Introduction

It is an established fact that we must continually increase and improve agricultural production if we are to meet even the minimum requirements of a growing popu­ lation for food, shelter, and fuel. In recent years, the introduction of new plant varieties and the extensive use of fertilizers have effectively increased crop yields, but intensifying agricultural methods has often led to depleting soil fertility. Two examples of the harmful consequences of intensive farming practices are the loss of up to 2.5 cm of topsoil every 15 years in the United States through erosion and the alarming rise in environmental pollution through widespread use of pesticides. Countless other processes affecting the activity of soil micro flora and the inter­ actions between microorganisms and plants may pose an equal danger to soil equilibrium, but their potential hazards are often overlooked because of an insufficient understanding of soil microbiology on the part of scientists. In the first published study of its kind, the authors of this book have attempted to address major aspects of the microbial activity of soil in the tropics. Tropical conditions serve as an ideal context for a discussion of soil microbiology, since biological processes in the soil are particularly active in tropical environments in comparison to other settings and in relation to physical and chemical processes.

Keywords

algae biology microbiology mycorrhiza soil

Editors and affiliations

  • Y. R. Dommergues
    • 1
  • H. G. Diem
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Biologie des SolsCNRS/ORSTOMDakarSenegal

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-7529-3
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-7531-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-7529-3
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