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Soil proteins


Proteins are complex macromolecules and their three-dimensional structure determines their activity. They play essential roles in soil; they act as reserves of essential nutrients particularly C and N, as enzymes they determine the biogeochemical cycles of essential nutrients, as important components of soil organic matter, they contribute to soil physical stability. After a brief presentation of basic protein chemistry and a description of proteins in soil, including adsorption properties, extraction and characterization, case studies of enzymes, two potentially toxic proteins and a controversial protein known as glomalin-related soil protein are described. A final section presents the pitfalls of soil metaproteomics.
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Siobhán Staunton. Soil proteins. Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment, 2, Elsevier, pp.396-405, 2023, 978-0-323-95133-3. ⟨10.1016/B978-0-12-822974-3.00182-8⟩. ⟨hal-04185848⟩
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