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Title (Primary) Soil degradation and rehabilitation: microorganisms and functionality
Title (Secondary) Microbes at work. From wastes to resources
Author Bastida, F.; Hernández, T.; García, C.;
Publisher Insam, H.; Franke-Whittle, I.; Goberna, M.;
Year 2010
Department ISOBIO;
Language englisch;
Abstract The maintenance of soil quality is critical for ensuring the sustainability of the environment and biosphere. However, soil degradation and desertification affect many areas of the planet, particularly the Mediterranean area where the climatological and lithological conditions, together with anthropological activity, are responsible for increasing desertification. It is, therefore, considered to be of paramount importance to be able to measure soil degradation quantitatively. In this chapter, the key role that microorganisms play in the maintenance of soil structure and functionality, as well as their great sensitivity to soil changes, which make microbiological parameters the most suitable ones for elaborating soil quality indices is highlighted. Short- and long-term experiments of soil rehabilitation carried out in semiarid areas by the addition of organic amendments are also discussed in this chapter.

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Bastida, F., Hernández, T., García, C. (2010):
Soil degradation and rehabilitation: microorganisms and functionality
In: Insam, H., Franke-Whittle, I., Goberna, M. (eds.)
Microbes at work. From wastes to resources
Springer, Berlin, p. 253 - 270