Soil microorganisms: role in soil health

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Hirsch, P. R. 2018. Soil microorganisms: role in soil health. in: Reicosky, D. (ed.) Managing Soil Health for Sustainable Agriculture. Volume 1: Fundamentals Cambridge, UK Burleigh Dodds. pp. 169-196

AuthorsHirsch, P. R.
EditorsReicosky, D.

Microorganisms drive nutrient cycles in soil and without this key activity, many essential elements would not be available to plants. Conversely, without the input of carbon and energy, primarily from photosynthesis by green plants, soil would consist mainly of mineral particles produced by the weathering of rocks. Residues from plant, animal and microbial activity provide organic components, making soils fertile and binding together mineral particles into aggregates that, with the associated pore spaces, confer structure to the matrix that supports terrestrial life. In addition to providing a substrate for plants, soil also hosts a complex food web of microorganisms, micro- and mesofauna.

KeywordsSoil microbiome; Soil nutrient cycling; Root health
Page range169-196
Year of Publication2018
Book titleManaging Soil Health for Sustainable Agriculture. Volume 1: Fundamentals
PublisherBurleigh Dodds
Place of publicationCambridge, UK
SeriesBurleigh Dodds Series in Agricultural Science
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or codeOptimisation of nutrients in soil-plant systems: How can we control nitrogen cycling in soil?
S2N - Soil to Nutrition [ISPG]
Open accessPublished as green open access
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Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Print06 Aug 2018

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