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Description Soil science is the study of soil as a resource of earth. It deals with studying the various concepts and properties related with formation and classification of soil. It also encapsulates the study of management of soil.
Some branches of soil science like pedology and edaphology are also glanced at in this book. The study of soil has raised awareness about soil preservation and its optimum utilization. This book presents researches and studies performed by experts across the globe.
The topics covered in this book offer the readers new insights in the field of soil science. It will help new researchers by foregrounding their knowledge in this field along with providing interesting topics for further research. Learn about new offers and get more deals by joining our newsletter.
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Download flyer. This book is both a practical guide and a recommended reference volume for all soil scientists.
Soil is an unique biological system with an abundant microflora and a very high microbial diversity. The space occupied by microorganisms is very low because only few microsites have the right set of conditions suitable for microbial life. Surface-reactive particles can adsorb important biological molecules, such as DNA and enzymes, which become resistant to microbial degradation and thus genes are preserved and extracellular enzymes can be reactive when conditions are not suitable for microbial activity.
Most soil functions mainly depend on microbial activity but soil fauna can accelerate microbial processes and complete food webs in soil. Omics techniques, such as metagenomics, metatranscriptomics and proteomics, have several problems when applied to soil.
However, if used in a complementary way these techniques are promising for providing an integrated picture of the relationship between composition and activity of soil microflora. The rhizosphere is a nutrient rich environment, where numerous interactions between plant and microorganisms occur, ranging from mutualism to parasitism.
The enrichment of specific microbial populations in the rhizosphere is dependent on the capability of these micro-organisms to utilize root exudates, to effectively colonize the root surface and to interact or compete with other micro-organisms. Analysis of the rhizospheric communities incorporating both established techniques, and recently developed "omic technologies" can now facilitate investigations into the molecular basis underpinning the establishment of plant-microbial interactomes in the rhizosphere.
Therefore, the aim of this chapter is to present an overview of bacterial functions enriched in the rhizosphere of different plant species using data obtained from several functional genomics analyses. Soil Metagenomics: Potential Applications and Methodological Problems. Metagenomics has been defined as the study of the collective genomes of the microbiota in given habitat. Soil offers a huge microbial diversity and the use of metagenomics approaches will allow a deeper understanding of soil microbial diversity and function.
The two areas, phylogenetically-based diversity and functional gene based function, are complementary and may be used side-by-side in order to allow a better understanding of the living soil.
Moreover, genes for relevant functions can be cloned into suitable vectors, after which they can be studied and possibly explored for biotechnological purposes. Thus, opportunities for novel product discovery via metagenomics are rapidly rising. However, there are caveats in what metagenomics techniques can tell us about the soil environment and its functioning, and also in the chances of successful exploration of soil.
In this chapter, we review the developments in the metagenomics-based exploitation and exploration of soil and examine how soil metagenomics can enhance our vision about natural functioning and exploration for biotechnological novelty.
One major issue, the need for advanced bioinformatics tools, is stressed. We conclude that the rich microbiota of soil offers an astonishing big playground for metagenomics, but that methodological and conceptual problems still hamper its full exploitation.
Many of the ecosystem services are soil associated with microbes playing a predominant role.
Nevertheless, our current knowledge of microbial contribution to ecosystem processes is still limited, partly because in the past centuries research was mostly based on culture-dependent methods, being oblivious of the vast un-cultivable microbial majority as proven during the last decades.
Current molecular biology advances provide us with the ability to screen for microbial identities or functions by targeting marker genes in nucleic acid extracts of environmental samples, therefore partly bypassing previous methodological limitations. Topics addressed here aim at providing an overview of methodologies and concepts related to marker gene screening from environmental samples.
Such are the description of marker gene categories, examples of their use in soil environments and the description of marker gene screening state-of-the-art methodologies and specifications.
Finally we will exemplify the use of late methodologies for the case of the bacterial small ribosomal subunit screening in soil environments. Metatranscriptomics is defined as the analysis of microbial community gene expression in a particular environment, as opposed to metagenomics which is the study of the genomic content of entire microbial communities.
Massively parallel sequencing of RNA is the key component of metatranscriptomics.
The analysis of enriched mRNA has the potential to discover novel genes and to uncover functional adaptations of microbial communities to local environmental conditions. Alternatively, total RNA may be used for analysis. This approach provides insight into the taxonomic composition of microbial communities.
The subject of this review is soil metatranscriptomics.
We discuss the experimental and bioinformatic workflow that can be applied to the metatranscriptomic analysis of soil microbial communities. Since research in the field of soil metatranscriptomics is still in its infancy, we also review the recent advances in marine metatranscriptomics.
Proteomics is a potent post genomic approach with the potential to interrogate natural complex systems such as soils. However, the great potentials of soil proteomics are currently limited by either the complexity of the soil matrix which is reactive, structured, teeming with microbial communities which are at the same time extremely diverse, in heterogeneous physiological state and normally poorly characterized.
Taken together, these soil features pose problems of protein sampling, extraction and purification. This chapter, though not exhaustive, aims at illustrate the main approaches and achievements in soil proteomics and indicate some future directions for further developments soil proteomics.