Soil and Industry

  • Bipin B. MishraEmail author
  • Sanjay K. Choudhary
  • Richa Roy
Part of the World Soils Book Series book series (WSBS)


Soil has strong linkage with industries as well as industrial opportunities. This chapter highlights different aspects that link soil and its mineral as well as organic fractions including parent rocks and minerals with industries. As raw material for earthenware, brick, tile, mudwall, crockery, idol, doll, toy, etc., the type-specific soils are widely used in different parts of India. In constructions (building, highway, road, dam, embankment or other infrastructures), soil as the raw material plays vital role, but seldom caring for environmental impacts, and thus needs policy intervention. Efforts are made to address each soil function to its relevance in specific industrial framework. The modern Agriculture in India is somehow partially organized industry since the introduction of the first green revolution in 1960. Even the soil, being a huge laboratory for microbiological, photochemical and biogeochemical interactions can be translated into industrial terms covering soil functions including nutrient recycling, biodiversity, humification, carbon sequestration, molecular biotechnology, etc. Emphasis is given on certain emerging as well as future scopes that would enable type-specific soils and clays to be medically used for human health even. Even the electric power as the energy source for industries is necessarily connected to electric earthing that is controlled by type, texture, fineness, moisture-holding capacity and depth of soil.


Type-specific soils Industry Raw material Constructions Human health Environment impacts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bipin B. Mishra
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Sanjay K. Choudhary
    • 4
  • Richa Roy
    • 5
  1. 1.Bihar Agricultural UniversityBhagalpurIndia
  2. 2.Pedology and Land Use PlanningSchool of Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences, Haramaya UniversityDire DawaEthiopia
  3. 3.International Union of Soil SciencesViennaAustria
  4. 4.TNB College, TM Bhagalpur UniversityBhagalpurIndia
  5. 5.Department of BiotechnologyTNB College, TM Bhagalpur UniversityBhagalpurIndia

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