Interactions and self-organization in the soil-microbe complex

Iain M. Young, John W. Crawford

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Abstract

Soil is the most complicated biomaterial on the planet. As with any material, the physical habitat is of prime importance in determining and regulating biological activity. However, until recently the opaque nature of soil has meant that any interrogation of its interior architecture has been relatively rudimentary, restricted to simple qualitative expressions of the physical heterogeneity that fail to relate to any specific function. However, new techniques and insights into the biophysical and biochemical processes of this inner space are leading to the developments of theoretical frameworks and experimental approaches that will allow us to sustainably manage Earth's most important resource. We introduce the concept that the soil-microbe system is self-organized and suggest new priorities for research based on an integrative approach that combines biochemistry and biophysics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1634-1637
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume304
Issue number5677
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2004

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Young, I. M., & Crawford, J. W. (2004). Interactions and self-organization in the soil-microbe complex. Science, 304(5677), 1634-1637. DOI: 10.1126/science.1097394

Young, Iain M.; Crawford, John W. / Interactions and self-organization in the soil-microbe complex.

In: Science, Vol. 304, No. 5677, 11.2004, p. 1634-1637.

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In: Science, Vol. 304, No. 5677, 11.2004, p. 1634-1637.

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