- Provides a discussion of major microbial methods, embedded within respective, topical chapters
- Presents information boxes and case studies throughout the text to illustrate major concepts and connect fundamental knowledge with potential applications
- Contains study questions at the end of each chapter that allow readers to evaluate their understanding of the materials
- Includes a glossary that provides definitions of all major soil science terms
- Discusses major microbial methods, embedded within respective, topical chapters
Part 1 Fundamentals 1. Introduction and Historical Perspective 2. The Soil Habitat 3. Microbial Metabolism 4. Microbial Genetics
Part 2 Organisms and Interactions 5. Bacteria 6. Fungi 7. Cyanobacteria and Algae 8. Fauna 9. Viruses 10. Microbial Ecology 11. Rhizosphere 12. Mycorrhizal Symbioses
Part 3 Cycles in Soil 13. Carbon Transformations and Soil Organic Matter Formation 14. Nitrogen 15. Biological Dinitrogen Fixation: Introduction and Non-symbiotic 16. Biological Dinitrogen Fixation: Symbiotic 17. Transformations of Sulfur 18. Phosphorus and Other Elements
Part 4 Environmental and Agricultural Perspectives 19. Global Gases 20. Microbiology and Biochemistry of Xenobiotic Compound Degradation 21. Bioremediation of Contaminated Soils 22. Biological Control of Soilborne Plant Pathogens and Nematodes 23. Composting of Organic Wastes 24. One Health
Intersection of Soil, Plant, Animal, and Human Health
David A. Zuberer is a professor emeritus of Soil Microbiology in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University. He taught soil microbiology continuously for >30 years in addition to maintaining an active research program in rhizosphere microbiology. He served as a Technical Editor of the Soil Biology and Biochemistry Division (S3) of the Soil Science Society of America Journal. He is a Fellow of both the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America and was the recipient of the 2003 Soil Science Education Award.
Jeffry J. Fuhrmann is a professor of Soil Microbiology in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Delaware. He teaches graduate courses in soil microbiology, soil microbial ecology, and co-teaches an undergraduate course in environmental microbiology. His major research interests include synecological and autoecological studies of microorganisms in soil and rhizospheres, microbial tracking in the environment, and genetic and phenotypic diversity of rhizobia. He has served as an associate editor for the Soil Science Society of America Journal.
Gentry, Terry J.
Dr. Terry Gentry is currently an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University and is also the Director of the Soil and Aquatic Microbiology Laboratory (SAML). He is an environmental microbiologist specializing in the development and use of molecular technologies to enhance the detection and remediation of environmental contamination. This includes the detection and identification of microbial pathogens from animal, human, and natural sources and also the characterization of microbial populations and communities contributing to applied remediation processes such as the bioremediation of organic and metal contaminants. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental microbiology and environmental soil science. He is the author or co-author of over 45 peer-reviewed journal articles and 4 book chapters.