Soils are alive! A variety of soil organisms live in the soil. These include bacteria, fungi, microarthropods, nematodes, earthworms and insects.
Soil chemistry is concerned with the availability of elements for plant uptake as well as the presence in soil of elements and chemical compounds that might be present at levels that are detrimental to plants and soil organisms.
Physical properties and processes of soil affect soil fertility by altering water movement through soil, root penetration of soil and waterlogging.
An online book for anyone interested in the living aspects of soils
especially land managers, gardeners and students
by Professor Lyn Abbott