Biodiversity, Community and Ecosystems

Interactions in Soil: Promoting Plant Growth

Editors: Dighton, John, Krumins, Jennifer Adams (Eds.)

  • 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
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About this book

This book investigates soil ecology and biodiversity for its ability to maintain a balance of beneficial organisms to support plant growth. This subject is discussed by a group of international authors in natural, agricultural and urban systems. The importance of biodiversity per se and, specifically, the feedbacks between the plant and soil biota in mediating soil function are emphasized. Examples are selected from allelopathy and invasive plant species along with the, hitherto overlooked, role of viruses in soil. The book is intended to provide a framework for a holistic understanding of the essential role of soil organisms in promoting plant growth.

About the authors

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).

Reviews

“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)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction: Soils and Their Promotion of Plant Growth

    Dighton, John

    Pages 1-26

  • Soils Supporting Biodiversity

    Havlicek, Elena (et al.)

    Pages 27-58

  • Beneficial Interactions in the Rhizosphere

    Hol, W. H. Gera (et al.)

    Pages 59-80

  • The Positive Effects of Trophic Interactions in Soil

    Krumins, Jennifer Adams

    Pages 81-94

  • Soils Suppressing Biodiversity

    Pérès, Guénola

    Pages 95-118

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-017-8890-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-017-8889-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: November 4, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0664-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Interactions in Soil: Promoting Plant Growth
Editors
  • John Dighton
  • Jennifer Adams Krumins
Series Title
Biodiversity, Community and Ecosystems
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: Researchco Book Centre, New Delhi, India
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-8890-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-8890-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-8889-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0664-1
Series ISSN
2211-7822
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 231
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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