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Phosphorus in Action

Biological Processes in Soil Phosphorus Cycling

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  • © 2011


  • A valuable source of information for scientists in biochemistry, microbiology, agronomy, forestry and environmental sciences
  • Written by renowned scientists
  • Presents the latest results in the field of biological phosphorus cycling
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Part of the book series: Soil Biology (SOILBIOL, volume 26)

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Phosphorus (P) is a finite resource which is essential for life. It is a limiting nutrient in many ecosystems but also a pollutant which can affect biodiversity in terrestrial ecosystems and change the ecology of water bodies. This book collects the latest information on biological processes in soil P cycling, which to date have remained much less understood than physico-chemical processes. The methods section presents spectroscopic techniques and the characterization of microbial P forms, as well as the use of tracers, molecular approaches and modeling of soil-plant systems. The section on processes deals with mycorrhizal symbioses, microbial P solubilization, soil macrofauna, phosphatase enzymes and rhizosphere processes. On the system level, P cycling is examined for grasslands, arctic and alpine soils, forest plantations, tropical forests, and dryland regions. Further, P management with respect to animal production and cropping, and the interactions between global change and P cycling, are treated.

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. Methods

  2. Processes

  3. Ecosystems and Management

Editors and Affiliations

  • Inst. Pflanzenwissenschaften, ETH Zürich, Lindau, Switzerland

    Else Bünemann, Astrid Oberson, Emmanuel Frossard

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