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Encyclopaedia of Soil Microbiology and Soil Biotechnology

Encyclopaedia of Soil Microbiology and Soil Biotechnology by Parmeshwar Singh
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Soil microbiology is the study of organisms in soil, their functions, and how they affect soil properties. It is believed that between two and four billion years ago, the first ancient bacteria and microorganisms came about in Earth’s primitive seas. These bacteria could fix nitrogen, in time multiplied and as a result released oxygen into the atmosphere. This release of oxygen led to more advanced microorganisms. Microorganisms in soil are important because they affect the structure and fertility of different soils. Soil microorganisms can be classified as bacteria, actinomycetes, fungi, algae, and protozoa. Each of these groups has different characteristics that define the organisms and different functions in the soil it lives in. It introduces students to newly emerging field of soil biotechnology. The extensive glossary and index has been given at the end for easy study reference in understanding.

Anmol Publications PVT. LTD.; June 2014
294 pages; ISBN 9789387846876
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Title: Encyclopaedia of Soil Microbiology and Soil Biotechnology
Author: Parmeshwar Singh