Soils are habitats par excellence for a great variety and number of organisms. Microflora and microfauna perform the essential functions of degrading organic compounds, recycling nutrients and shaping the physiochemical properties of the soil, features which man has relied upon ever since the beginnings of agriculture. The increasing demands on soils and soil productivity by a rapidly expanding world population, a variety of industrial constraints and a high-input agriculture have stressed the necessity for a better understanding of the impacts on and the limits of our natural resources.
Soils are the major source of human sustenance: however, their quantity and quality are exhaustible. In a world increasingly conscious of the restricted nature of soils, scientists are becoming more and more aware of the significance of soil research. This is particularly true for those conditions, biochemical processes and interrelationships between organisms and plants that are required for the maintenance of the various essential,functions that soils play in our environment. The vast increase in the number of scientists involved in basic and applied studies on the biology, biochemistry and fertility of soils has produced the need for an international forum of presentation to integrate these studies.
Biology and Fertility of Soils was created to fulfil such a need. We are confident that a broad range of scientists from the international scene will help, through their contributions, to develop BFS into a leading journal in its field.