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Re: Compost creatures

Also these two - the basic works:


Author: Selman A. Waksman
Title: Humus; origin, chemical composition, and importance in nature
Publisher: The Williams & Wilkins company Publication Date: 1936
City: Baltimore Pages: 512 page images
Subjects: Humus
Sustainable agriculture.


Author: Selman A. Waksman
Title: Principles of soil microbiology
Publisher: The Williams & Wilkins company Publication Date: 1927
City: Baltimore Pages: 964 page images
Subjects: Soil microbiology

Does anybody know of any good books/references/guides for the common (and
not so common) life forms found in the garden and compost piles? I have a
slow and a fast compost pile and the number of life forms in the slow pile
is astounding, and I think it would be quite a fun 'get to know the world
around you' thing for kids (and me) to identify some of them and understand
what they do, their life cycles etc.
Krasil'nikov, N.A. Soil Microorganisms and Higher Plants. Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Moscow 1958. Translated in Israel by Dr. Y. Halperin. Printed in the USA by the Government Printing Office.

This, the ultimate study of the microbial process in soil, is one of the most important books in the library. It has been little known since its publication. Rendering it into html took hundreds of tedious and rewarding hours. The book contains 100 photographic illustrations and heaps of tables, so downloading the chapters can be a bit time consuming. Here's my "take" on this book. In the Soviet Union of the 30s, 40s and 50s, industrial production was scanty. Had Soviet agronomic research focused increasing yields through the use of chemicals, spread voluminously, the substances could not have been produced. So Krasil'nikov focused on the biological process, and he found ways to improve plant growth by crop rotation and the production of special composts and microbial ferments of the sort that could be produced by the farmer in an old barrel. All these "primitive" solutions are based on a very high-level understanding of the microbial process in soil and the interactions between soil microbes with each other, of how crop species interact with each other via long-lasting soil residues (root exudates), and how plants and microbes interact with each other. Soil Microorganisms and Higher Plants is public domain material. Anyone wishing to publish the book in print on paper is invited to contact this library. They will receive all possible assistance. Apologies in advance for the many errors that despite very careful proofreading must still be in the html text.


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