∗ A focus on new advances as well as environmental science aspects of soil microbiology
∗ Completely new chapters on the biological diversity of soil ecosystems, soil remediation, and soil systems management
∗ A strong emphasis on research in real–world settings as well as theoretical concerns
The Soil Ecosystem: Biological Participants.
Microbial Diversity of Soil Ecosystems.
Energy Transformations and Metabolic Activities of Soil Microbes.
Process Control in Soil.
Soil Enzymes as Indicators of Ecosystem Status.
Microbial Interactions and Community Development and Resilience.
Introduction to the Biogeochemical Cycles.
The Carbon Cycle.
The Nitrogen Cycle: Soil–Based Processes.
Nitrogen Fixation: The Gateway to Soil Nitrogen Cycling.
Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation.
Sulfur, Phosphorus, and Mineral Cycles.
Principles of Bioremediation.