© 1985

Soil Organic Matter and Biological Activity

  • D. Vaughan
  • R. E. Malcolm

Part of the Developments in Plant and Soil Sciences book series (DPSS, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. D. Vaughan, R. E. Malcolm, B. G. Ord
    Pages 77-108
  3. J. N. Ladd
    Pages 175-221
  4. G. P. Sparling
    Pages 223-262
  5. M. V. Cheshire
    Pages 263-288
  6. H. A. Anderson, D. Vaughan
    Pages 289-327
  7. K. R. Tate
    Pages 329-377
  8. N. M. Scott
    Pages 379-401
  9. D. J. Linehan
    Pages 403-421
  10. J. W. Parsons
    Pages 423-443
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 445-469

About this book


It has long been recognized that soil organic matter is the key to soil fertility. As a nutrient store it gradually provides essential elements which the soil cannot retain for long in inorganic form. It buffers growing plants against sudden changes in their chemical environment and preserves moisture in times of drought. It keeps the soil in a friable, easily penetrated physical condition, well-aerated and free draining, providing young seedlings with an excellent medium for growth. But it has another property, the nature and extent of which have been the subject of argu­ ment and controversy ever since scientists began to study the soil, and that is its ability to affect growth directly, other than by providing nutrient elements. Any­ one wishing to learn about these effects has been faced with a daunting mass of literature, some confusing, often contradictory, and spread through a multitude of journals. Individual aspects have been covered from time to time in reviews but there has obviously been a need for a modern authoritative text book dealing with the many facets of this subject, so the publication of this volume is timely. The editors and authors are all specialists in their fields, fully familiar with the com­ plex nature of soil organic matter and with the particular difficulties arising in any study of its properties. Where controversies exist they have presented all sides of the argument and have highlighted areas where further work is badly needed.


behavior biomass chemistry energy metabolism nitrogen nutrition plant plant growth protein soil tissue water

Editors and affiliations

  • D. Vaughan
    • 1
  • R. E. Malcolm
    • 1
  1. 1.The Macaulay Institute for Soil ResearchAberdeenScotland

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Soil Organic Matter and Biological Activity
  • Editors D. Vaughan
    R.E. Malcolm
  • Series Title Developments in Plant and Soil Sciences
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-247-3154-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-8757-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-5105-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 469
  • Number of Illustrations 9 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Soil Science & Conservation
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Materials & Steel
Oil, Gas & Geosciences