Soil Biology

Microbiology of Extreme Soils

Editors: Dion, Patrice, Nautiyal, Chandra Shekhar (Eds.)

  • Includes chapters on basic research in addition to applications in biotechnology and bioremediation
  • Describes are a range of fascinating environments
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My auxiliaries are the dews and rains which water this dry soil, and what fertility is in the soil itself, which for the most part is lean and effete. – Henry David Thoreau, Walden Pond The concerns that Thoreau had about his beans were nothing to those that would face a similarly conscientious gardener in the Atacama Desert or on the planet Mars, where dews are rare, or frozen, and rains are extremely rare – or absent al- gether. Yet we live in a time when an appreciation of the differences and simila- ties among soils (or regolith: no organics detected on Mars, as yet!) can provide a perspective on life at its most fundamental level: that of microbiology. Microbes are the Earth’s finest chemists, and most prodigious chemical engineers. Beyond pure chemistry, they know tricks with electrons that would make any Silicon Valley chip designer blush with pride. And yet their size and association with human food (good) and diseases (bad) has for more than a century obscured their essential place in making the Earth a habitable planet for humans. One of the most interesting facets of this book is that we are shown those chemists at work in one of their most important habitats. Soils comprise both a pervasive environment on our planet and one of the most important (even most fruitful!) of habitats with respect to human survival.

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"The chapters have been presented clearly, so as to trigger curiosity and stimulate the imagination. It is hoped that the reader will find the volume to fulfill their expectations in regard to a topic as thrilling as microbiology of extreme soils. … one will therefore find much to admire in this impressive work of erudition and collaborative scholarship and dedicated research. … a tremendously readable and engaging book, eminently suitable for researchers and advanced students in microbiology, soil biology, environmental protection and biotechnology and bioremediation." (Current Engineering Practice, 2008)


Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • The Microbiological Promises of Extreme Soils

    Dion, Patrice

    Pages 3-13

  • Microbial Diversity, Life Strategies, and Adaptation to Life in Extreme Soils

    Torsvik, Vigdis (et al.)

    Pages 15-43

  • Extreme Views on Prokaryote Evolution

    Dion, Patrice

    Pages 45-70

  • Biodiversity: Extracting Lessons from Extreme Soils

    Wall, Diana H.

    Pages 71-84

  • Halophilic and Halotolerant Micro-Organisms from Soils

    Ventosa, Antonio (et al.)

    Pages 87-115

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Microbiology of Extreme Soils
Editors
  • Patrice Dion
  • Chandra Shekhar Nautiyal
Series Title
Soil Biology
Series Volume
13
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-74231-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-74231-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-74230-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-44610-8
Series ISSN
1613-3382
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 369
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