Interactions in Soil: Promoting Plant Growth

  • John Dighton
  • Jennifer Adams Krumins

Part of the Biodiversity, Community and Ecosystems book series (BECO, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Elena Havlicek, Edward A. D. Mitchell
    Pages 27-58
  3. W. H. Gera Hol, Wietse de Boer, Almudena Medina
    Pages 59-80
  4. Jennifer Adams Krumins
    Pages 81-94
  5. Guénola Pérès
    Pages 95-118
  6. Aad J. Termorshuizen
    Pages 119-137
  7. Pavle Pavlović, Adele Muscolo, Maria Sidari, Miroslava Mitrović
    Pages 139-162
  8. Brian Reavy, Maud M. Swanson, Michael Taliansky
    Pages 163-180
  9. Pamela A. Hazelton, Anne Clements
    Pages 203-210
  10. David C. Coleman, Weixin Zhang, Shenglei Fu
    Pages 211-223
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 225-231

About this book


Soil is a heterogeneous medium which supports more biodiversity per unit volume than any other system. This book explores how that biodiversity is translated into ecological functions supporting plant growth by providing both essential minerals for plant growth and other growth promoting factors like pathogen suppression. Interactions between plants and associated soil organisms evolve through trophic and non-trophic feedback mechanisms which are moderated by plant-plant interactions (allelopathy), invasive plant species and land use change and pollution. These factors are discussed in natural, agricultural and urban soil systems to provide a framework for a holistic understanding of soil as a dynamic living entity.


Plant-soil feedbacks Soil biodiversity Soil ecosystem services Soil microbial ecology Suppressive soils

Editors and affiliations

  • John Dighton
    • 1
  • Jennifer Adams Krumins
    • 2
  1. 1.The State University of New JerseyPinelands Field Station, RutgersNew LisbonUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of Biology and Molecular BiologyMontclair State UniversityMontclairUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-8889-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-8890-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-7822
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-7830
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