Measurement of physical, chemical and biological properies of soil

Subject description

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

Soil quality is important pre-condition for the sustainable (e.g., agricultural) use of soil as non-renewable natural resource. Students are familiarised with methods of determining physical, chemical and biological properties of soil and soil solution as important indicators of soil processes and functioning of soil. Students acquire practical measurement skills.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars, laboratory exercises, individual work.

Expected study results

Knowledge and understanding:

Students are taught to select and use appropriate methods for assessing given soil properties, processes, functions and quality indicators in relation with sustainable soil use in agriculture, risk assessment and remediation of polluted soils, and in ecological, eco-toxicological and other research of soil ecosystems. They are taught to evaluate results critically and interpret results with respect and in connection with other available and obtained data.

Basic sources and literature

Alef K., Nannipieri P. 1995. Methods in Applied Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry. Academic Press,San Diego (izbrana poglavja / selected chapters)


Naldu R. 2008. Chemical bioavailability. Elsevier, Amsterdam (izbrana poglavja / selected chapters)


Wilson N. 1995. Soil Water and Ground Water Sampling. London, Lewis Publishers: 188 s. (izbrana poglavja / selected chapters)


Rowell. D.L. 1994. Soil Science. Methods and application. Longman Scientific & Techical,: 350 s. (izbrana poglavja / selected chapters)


Dean, J.R. 2007.Bioavailability, bioaccessibility and mobility of environmental contaminants. John Wiley & Sons.Ltd., Chichester, (izbrana poglavja / selected chapters)


Jacob H. Dane, Clarke Topp 2002. Methods of Soil Analysis. Part 4. Physical Methods (Soil Science Society of America Book Series, Vol. 5), (izbrana poglavja / selected chapters)


William A. Jury, Robert Horton 2004. Soil Physics. Sixth Edition. (izbrana poglavja / selected chapters)


Jacob Bear 1988. Dynamics of fluids in porous media, Dover publications, Inc. New York (izbrana poglavja / selected chapters)

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