Soils are Alive

by Prof Lyn Abbott
To be published by The School of Earth and Environment,
The University of Western Australia

In Progress

The seven sections of this book are:

1. What is soil and what does it do?
2. How do soil organisms affect soil?
3. How do soil organisms affect plants?
4. What affects soil organisms?
5. How do organisms interact with each other?
6. What are the options for managing soil organisms?
7. How is knowledge of soil organisms relevant to sustainable land management?


  • What are soil organisms, how do they help soil fertility?


  • Which elements are essential for plant health and which may be toxic to plants?


  • How do soil physical properties affect water movement and nutrient uptake through the plant roots?
  • Soils are Alive!

    • The complete soil health reference for farmers, consultants and researchers