Microbiology of Extreme Soils

  • Patrice Dion
  • Chandra Shekhar Nautiyal

Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Principles of Extreme Soil Microbiology

  3. Natural Extreme Soils

    1. Antonio Ventosa, Encarnacion Mellado, Cristina Sanchez-Porro, M. Carmen Marquez
      Pages 87-115
    2. Benito Gómez-Silva, Fred A. Rainey, Kimberley A. Warren-Rhodes, Christopher P. McKay, Rafael Navarro-González
      Pages 117-132
    3. Niall A. Logan A. Logan, Raymond N. Allan N. Allan
      Pages 155-175
    4. Shwet Kamal, Ajit Varma
      Pages 177-203
    5. Ricardo Amils, David Fernández-Remolar, Felipe Gómez, Elena González-Toril, Nuria Rodríguez, Carlos Briones et al.
      Pages 205-223
    6. Ronald L. Crawford, David A. Newcombe
      Pages 225-243
  4. Anthropogenic Extreme Soils

    1. Lucas A. M. Ruberto, Susana C. Vazquez, Walter P. Mac Cormack
      Pages 247-274
    2. Christopher Janzen, Tammy Tobin-Janzen
      Pages 299-316
    3. John Dighton, Tatyana Tugay, Nelli Zhdanova
      Pages 333-355
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 357-369

About this book


My auxiliaries are the dews and rains which water this dry soil, and what fertility is in the soil itself, which for the most part is lean and effete. – Henry David Thoreau, Walden Pond The concerns that Thoreau had about his beans were nothing to those that would face a similarly conscientious gardener in the Atacama Desert or on the planet Mars, where dews are rare, or frozen, and rains are extremely rare – or absent al- gether. Yet we live in a time when an appreciation of the differences and simila- ties among soils (or regolith: no organics detected on Mars, as yet!) can provide a perspective on life at its most fundamental level: that of microbiology. Microbes are the Earth’s finest chemists, and most prodigious chemical engineers. Beyond pure chemistry, they know tricks with electrons that would make any Silicon Valley chip designer blush with pride. And yet their size and association with human food (good) and diseases (bad) has for more than a century obscured their essential place in making the Earth a habitable planet for humans. One of the most interesting facets of this book is that we are shown those chemists at work in one of their most important habitats. Soils comprise both a pervasive environment on our planet and one of the most important (even most fruitful!) of habitats with respect to human survival.


Bioremediation Desert life adaptation Extraterrestrial soils Halotolerant microbes Peatland microbiology Permafrost Permafrost soils bacteria biodiversity ecosystems environment micro-organism microbiology pollution soil

Editors and affiliations

  • Patrice Dion
    • 1
  • Chandra Shekhar Nautiyal
    • 2
  1. 1.Département de phytologiePavillon Charles-Eugène MarchandQuébec (Québec)Canada
  2. 2.National Botanical Research InstituteLucknowIndia

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