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Nutrient Cycling in Terrestrial Ecosystems

  • Petra Marschner
  • Zdenko Rengel


  • With contributions of leading international authorities from various disciplines, resulting in multidisciplinary approaches

  • All chapters have been carefully reviewed

  • Combines fundamental scientific studies and devised practical approaches


Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. Principles of Nutrient Cycling

    1. Ann McNeill, Murray Unkovich
      Pages 37-64
    2. Else K. Bünemann, Leo M. Condron
      Pages 65-92
    3. Günter Neumann
      Pages 123-157
  3. Nutrient Cycling Budgets in Terrestrial Ecosystems

    1. Bhupinderpal- Singh, Zed Rengel
      Pages 183-214
    2. David Scholefield, Elaine Jewkes, Roland Bol
      Pages 215-255
    3. Anne Hartley, Nichole Barger, Jayne Belnap, Gregory S. Okin
      Pages 271-307
    4. Sari Stark
      Pages 309-331
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 391-397

About this book


Nutrient Cycling in Terrestrial Ecosystems presents a comprehensive overview of nutrient cycling processes and their importance for plant growth and ecosystem sustainability. The first part of the book presents the fundamentals of nutrient cycling. Topics included are cycling of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulphur and micronutrients. Particular attention is paid to the role of root exudates and rhizosphere microorganisms in facilitating nutrient cycling. The second part discusses nutrient cycling at an ecosystem scale, covering cropping systems, pastures, natural grasslands, arid lands, tundras and forests. The final chapter reviews current models of nutrient cycling.

By comprehensively covering nutrient cycling at a range of scales and emphasising multidisciplinary approaches, this volume will support scientists and practitioners alike, providing links between those involved in improving sustainable economic output from managed ecosystems and those interested in conservation of natural ecosystems.


Nitrogen cycle Phosphor Phosphorus cycling Rhizosphere Root exudates Soil fertility Sulphur cycling ecosystem ecosystems microorganism natural ecosystems residue residues soil

Editors and affiliations

  • Petra Marschner
    • 1
  • Zdenko Rengel
    • 2
  1. 1.Soil and Land Systems, School of Earth and Environmental SciencesThe University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, M087 School of Earth and Geographical SciencesThe University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Oil, Gas & Geosciences


From the reviews:

"This edited volume … cover the fundamental nature of soil organic matter, root exudates, and micronutrients as well as chapters covering crop residues, managed pastures, and models of agricultural systems. The breadth of topics covered by this book is its greatest strength, and for this reason alone deserves a look by virtually any research scientist or graduate student in biogeochemistry. … I do believe that there will be interesting and valuable surprises for almost anyone in this volume." (Kate Lajtha, Ecology, Vol. 89 (5), 2008)