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Soil Quality: The Role Of Microorganisms

Jeffrey L. Smith
Published 2003 · Environmental Science
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Soil quality is important because of the unique role soil plays in the human environment. From foundations for buildings to contamination buffers and a water regulator to a medium for the production of food and fiber; soils are important in everyday life. Soil quality of the capacity of the soil to function is dependent on its intended use, its inherent properties, and its current condition. Society should equate soil quality with air and water quality for sustainability. Thus, the concern is not only the state or conditions of soil quality but also its direction and rate of change as measured by sensitive soil indicators with quantifiable limits and interpretations. Keywords: soil quality; soil organic matter; microorganisms; microbial processes; microbial biomass; aggrading systems; degrading systems; enzymes

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