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Interactions in Soil: Promoting Plant Growth

  • Provides a framework for a holistic approach to understanding the supporting role of soil biodiversity for plant growth

  • Discusses plant-soil feedbacks in natural, agricultural and urban soils

  • The book takes a novel approach by emphasizing positive as opposed to negative feedbacks in soil. This is a perspective that has been presented far less

  • Includes supplementary material:

Part of the book series: Biodiversity, Community and Ecosystems (BECO, volume 1)

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x
  2. Soils Supporting Biodiversity

    • Elena Havlicek, Edward A. D. Mitchell
    Pages 27-58
  3. Beneficial Interactions in the Rhizosphere

    • W. H. Gera Hol, Wietse de Boer, Almudena Medina
    Pages 59-80
  4. The Positive Effects of Trophic Interactions in Soil

    • Jennifer Adams Krumins
    Pages 81-94
  5. Soils Suppressing Biodiversity

    • Guénola Pérès
    Pages 95-118
  6. Root Pathogens

    • Aad J. Termorshuizen
    Pages 119-137
  7. Non-trophic Interactions: Allelopathy

    • Pavle Pavlović, Adele Muscolo, Maria Sidari, Miroslava Mitrović
    Pages 139-162
  8. Viruses in Soil

    • Brian Reavy, Maud M. Swanson, Michael Taliansky
    Pages 163-180
  9. Urban Soil and the Challenges of Restoring Natural Ecosystems

    • Pamela A. Hazelton, Anne Clements
    Pages 203-210
  10. Toward a Holistic Approach to Soils and Plant Growth

    • David C. Coleman, Weixin Zhang, Shenglei Fu
    Pages 211-223
  11. Back Matter

    Pages 225-231

About this book

Soil is a heterogeneous medium which supports more biodiversity per unit volume than any other system. This book explores how that biodiversity is translated into ecological functions supporting plant growth by providing both essential minerals for plant growth and other growth promoting factors like pathogen suppression. Interactions between plants and associated soil organisms evolve through trophic and non-trophic feedback mechanisms which are moderated by plant-plant interactions (allelopathy), invasive plant species and land use change and pollution. These factors are discussed in natural, agricultural and urban soil systems to provide a framework for a holistic understanding of soil as a dynamic living entity.


  • Plant-soil feedbacks
  • Soil biodiversity
  • Soil ecosystem services
  • Soil microbial ecology
  • Suppressive soils


“This timely and high-quality publication contains 11 chapters that focus on the question: What makes for a good soil and what challenges are there for sustaining a soil for optimal plant growth? … Overall, this is an excellent summary of present understanding, and highlights the need for continued study if the overarching question is ever to be fully answered.” (Peter J. Gregory, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 91 (2), June, 2016)

“Interactions in Soil, edited by Dighton (Rutgers) and Krumins (Montclair State), is a timely book on an important topic of growing interest to scholars, conservationists, farmers, and all those interested in the role of healthy soils, particularly soil biology, in providing ecosystem services to society. … it is a useful resource, especially for graduate students and scholars in the field. … Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and researchers/faculty.” (W. J. R. Reeve, Choice, Vol. 52 (6), February, 2015)

Editors and Affiliations

  • The State University of New Jersey, Pinelands Field Station, Rutgers, New Lisbon, USA

    John Dighton

  • Dept. of Biology and Molecular Biology, Montclair State University, Montclair, USA

    Jennifer Adams Krumins

About the editors

1) John Dighton, Professor, Rutgers State University of New Jersey, Station Director of Pinelands Field Station, President of the Soil Ecology Society, USA He is an expert in soil ecology and leads research in the area through the Pinelands Field Station. He has written several articles for good international journals and book chapters (first ones start appearing in the 80s), including for Springer, but also for Elsevier (I would say mostly), Wiley, Cambridge University Press, among others. Some of his papers were very well cited. He is member of the Editorial Board of several international journals such as Mycological Research (Elsevier), Soil Biology and Biochemistry (Elsevier), Bartonia (Philadelphia Botanical Club). He edited a book in 1993 - Fungi in Ecosystem Processes (Mycology Series) - Marcel Dekker Publishers (now part of the Taylor & Francis Group). It is still available through Amazon for 187 USD. There will be a Society meeting in 2013. The proceedings of these meetings are always published by Elsevier. As Dighton is the President of the Society as of January this year, there could be room for some exploring there. 2) Jennifer Adams Krumins, Assistant Professor, Montclair State University, USA Invited by John Dighton for this proposed book. She has published several articles in international journals including Springer, Elsevier, Wiley, and a very highly cited article co- published in Nature Reviews - Microbiology (403 citations since 2006).

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Buying options

eBook USD 89.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-94-017-8890-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)