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Kinetics of Microbial Processes and Population Growth in Soil

  1. David A. Lipson1,
  2. Steven K. Schmidt2

Published Online: 15 APR 2003

DOI: 10.1002/047126363X.agr347

Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals

Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals

How to Cite

Lipson, D. A. and Schmidt, S. K. 2003. Kinetics of Microbial Processes and Population Growth in Soil. Encyclopedia of Agrochemicals. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    San Diego State University, San Diego, California

  2. 2

    University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2003


The kinetics of microbial growth and substrate utilization in liquid culture have been worked out in great detail. However, it has become acknowledged that kinetics in soil are greatly affected by the complex physical environment of soils. Much progress has been made toward incorporating soil physical effects into the current understanding of the kinetics of microbial processes in soil. The review synthesizes new and classic work on the physical and biological factors that affect kinetics in soil.


  • kinetics in soil;
  • microbial growth;
  • substrate utilization;
  • abiotic soil components;
  • monod equation;
  • soil physics;
  • microbiology