© 2005

Microorganisms in Soils: Roles in Genesis and Functions

  • Ajit Varma
  • Francois Buscot

Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages III-XXIII
  2. Introduction

    1. François Buscot
      Pages 3-17
    2. Bhoopander Giri, Pham Huong Giang, Rina Kumari, Ram Prasad, Ajit Varma
      Pages 19-55
  3. Microorganisms and Soil Genesis

    1. Anna A. Gorbushina, W.E. Krumbein
      Pages 59-84
    2. Georg Guggenberger
      Pages 85-106
  4. Microorganisms and Biogeochemical Processes in Soils

    1. Oliver Dilly
      Pages 123-138
    2. Ellen Kandeler, Michael Stemmer, Martin H. Gerzabek
      Pages 139-157
    3. Annette Deubel, Wolfgang Merbach
      Pages 177-191
  5. Biotic Interactions Involving Soil Microorganisms

    1. Bhoopander Giri, Pham Huong Giang, Rina Kumari, Ram Prasad, Minu Sachdev, Amar P. Garg et al.
      Pages 213-252
    2. Stefan Scheu, L. Ruess, Michael Bonkowski
      Pages 253-275
  6. Function of Microbes in Specific Soil Compartments

    1. Valeria Bianciotto, Mariangela Girlanda, Alexandra Lazzari, Gilda Cappellazzo, Silvia Perotto, Paola Bonfante
      Pages 280-290
    2. Patrick Lavelle, Corinne Rouland, Michel Diouf, Françoise Binet, Anne Kersanté
      Pages 291-305
    3. Geoffrey M. Gadd
      Pages 325-356
  7. Techniques to Investigate Soil Microorganisms

    1. Christoph C. Tebbe
      Pages 359-382
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 403-419

About this book


Soils would not exist without the complex and heterogeneous activities of microorganisms. For the third volume of Soil Biology, an international board of renowned scientists shed light on the significant role of these organisms. The following key topics are covered: Microorganisms in bioerosion, humification, mineralization and soil aggregation; Microbial energetics and microbes in biogeochemical processes such as carbon and nitrogen cycles and phosphorus bio-availability; Interactions in the mycorrhizosphere, e.g. between mycorrhizal fungi and bacteria; Impact of microbes on plant nutrient cycling and the possible effects of transgenic rhizospheres on soil fungi; Functions of microbes in specific soil compartments such as soil surface or toxic metal polluted soils; Regulation of microbial activities in functional domains that are influenced by biotic or abiotic factors; Use of marker genes and isotopes as examples for modern techniques in soil microbiology.


bacteria biology carbon cycle erosion fauna fungi invertebrates microbe microbes microbiology microorganism mycorrhiza nitrogen nutrient cycling rhizosphere

Editors and affiliations

  • Ajit Varma
    • 1
    • 2
  • Francois Buscot
    • 3
  1. 1.School Life Science Mol. Genetics Lab.Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Amity Institute of Herbal and Microbial StudiesNoidaIndia
  3. 3.Institut für Botanik Abt. Terrestrische ÖkologieUniversität LeipzigLeipzigGermany

Bibliographic information


From the reviews of the first edition:

"This volume is a collection of 18 review articles on a range of topics in soil biology. … The theme of this volume reflects some current and well established topics in soil biology. … This book is … valuable to readers with some knowledge of soil science, but with only basic training in biology, who wish to increase their understanding of aspects of soil biology." (D. W. Hopkins, European Journal of Soil Science, Vol. 57, December, 2006)