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Developments in Plant and Soil Sciences

Soil Organic Matter and Biological Activity

Editors: Vaughan, D., Malcolm, R.E. (Eds.)

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It has long been recognized that soil organic matter is the key to soil fertility. As a nutrient store it gradually provides essential elements which the soil cannot retain for long in inorganic form. It buffers growing plants against sudden changes in their chemical environment and preserves moisture in times of drought. It keeps the soil in a friable, easily penetrated physical condition, well-aerated and free draining, providing young seedlings with an excellent medium for growth. But it has another property, the nature and extent of which have been the subject of argu­ ment and controversy ever since scientists began to study the soil, and that is its ability to affect growth directly, other than by providing nutrient elements. Any­ one wishing to learn about these effects has been faced with a daunting mass of literature, some confusing, often contradictory, and spread through a multitude of journals. Individual aspects have been covered from time to time in reviews but there has obviously been a need for a modern authoritative text book dealing with the many facets of this subject, so the publication of this volume is timely. The editors and authors are all specialists in their fields, fully familiar with the com­ plex nature of soil organic matter and with the particular difficulties arising in any study of its properties. Where controversies exist they have presented all sides of the argument and have highlighted areas where further work is badly needed.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction Soil Organic Matter — A Perspective on its Nature, Extraction, Turnover and Role in Soil Fertility

    Pages 1-35

    Vaughan, D. (et al.)

  • Influence of Humic Substances on Growth and Physiological Processes

    Pages 37-75

    Vaughan, D. (et al.)

  • Influence of Humic Substances on Biochemical Processes in Plants

    Pages 77-108

    Vaughan, D. (et al.)

  • Phenolic Acids in Soils and their Influence on Plant Growth and Soil Microbial Processes

    Pages 109-149

    Hartley, R. D. (et al.)

  • Origin, Nature and Biological Activity of Aliphatic Substances and Growth Hormones Found in Soil

    Pages 151-174

    Lynch, J. M.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Soil Organic Matter and Biological Activity
Editors
  • D. Vaughan
  • R.E. Malcolm
Series Title
Developments in Plant and Soil Sciences
Series Volume
16
Copyright
1985
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-5105-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-5105-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-247-3154-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-8757-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 469
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations
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