2nd ed. DAVID C. COLEMAN, D.A. CROSSLEY, JR., AND PAUL F. HENDRIX. Elsevier Academic Press, Burlington, MA. 2004. Paperback, 386 pp. $48. ISBN 0-12-179726-0.

The second edition of Fundaments of Soil Ecology is a very interesting reference book that examines the functions of soil microbes and fauna, and their impacts on the environment. As the authors state, “soil is alive and is composed of living and non-living components having many interactions.” Researchers and graduate students can use this reference to get up-to-date information, prepare for the more in-depth analysis of scientific papers, and learn what future progress may come in...

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