Published on 06 December 2018
Soils are home to entire communities of living organisms, whose microscopic size and incredible profusion exceed the limits of our perceptions: a single gram of soil can contain millions of fungi and billions of bacteria, this representing between 100,000 and one million different bacterial species! Nothing, in our everyday environment, except maybe a clear, starry, night sky, prepares us to such abundance and diversity.
Scientists specialised in microbial ecology from the ‘Agroecology’ mixed research unit of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté INRA research institute carried out an inventory of the bacterial communities found in French soils. Using state-of-the-art technologies in DNA sequencing, the project led to the publication of this atlas, which presents a detailed overview of these bacterial communities while at the same time calling our attention to their importance for the quality and fertility of soils.
This is a book with no equivalent as to its subject and its innovative presentation, which helps us to grasp the complex world of soil bacteria.
A pdf of the erratum page 99 can be found in "related documents".
KARIMI B., CHEMIDLIN PRÉVOST-BOURÉ N., DEQUIEDT S., TERRAT S. & RANJARD L. 2018. — Atlas français des bactéries du sol. Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris ; Biotope, Mèze, 192 p. (Hors collection ; 41).