SES-514               MICROBIAL ECOLOGY AND PLANT GROWTH            3(3-0) 

Theory: Fundamental properties of the soil ecosystem; Biodiversity of soil organisms; Ecological and pedological functions of microorganisms; Contributions of soil biota to plant growth and nutrient uptake; Soil biota as indicators of soil health; Spatial and temporal dynamics of soil organisms; Ecology of plant-microbial mutualism; Soil enzymes as indicator of soil ecosystem status; Human impacts on soil biota: Tillage, water management, cropping systems, fertilizers and pesticides; Management of organisms and their processes in soil; Environmental implications of soil carbon cycle; Future development in soil ecology.

Books Recommended

1.      Coleman, D.C., D.A. Crossley, Jr. and P.F. Hendrix. 2004.  Fundamentals of Soil Ecology. 2nd Edition. Elsevier /Academic Press, San Diego, CA, USA.

2.      Sylvia, D. M., J. J. Fuhrmann, P. G. Hartel and D. A. Zuberer. 2005. Principles and Applications of Soil Microbiology. 2nd Ed. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, USA.

3.      Paul, E.A. (ed.). 2007. Soil Microbiology, Ecology and Biochemistry. 3rd Ed. Elsevier, Oxford, UK. .

4.      Coyne, M. 1999. Lab Manual to Accompany Soil Microbiology: An Exploratory Approach. Delmar Publishers, NY, USA.