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Title: Interactions and Self-Organization in the Soil-Microbe Complex
Contributor(s): Young, Iain  (author); Crawford, J W (author)
Publication Date: 2004
DOI: 10.1126/science.1097394
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Abstract: Soil is the most complicated biomaterial on the planet. As with any material, the physical habitat is of prime importance in determining and regulating biological activity. However, until recently the opaque nature of soil has meant that any interrogation of its interior architecture has been relatively rudimentary, restricted to simple qualitative expressions of the physical heterogeneity that fail to relate to any specific function. However, new techniques and insights into the biophysical and biochemical processes of this inner space are leading to the developments of theoretical frameworks and experimental approaches that will allow us to sustainably manage Earth’s most important resource. We introduce the concept that the soil-microbe system is self-organized and suggest new priorities for research based on an integrative approach that combines biochemistry and biophysics.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Science, 304(5677), p. 1634-1637
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Place of Publication: United States
ISSN: 1095-9203
Field of Research (FOR): 060208 Terrestrial Ecology
050399 Soil Sciences not elsewhere classified
050303 Soil Biology
050305 Soil Physics
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 961402 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Soils
HERDC Category Description: D3 Review of Single Work
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