The interaction of biological materials with geotechnical processes has long been ignored by geotechnical engineering, and its importance is just beginning to be realized. Biological materials are unique by their innate characteristics of being self-active and re-growing within geotechnical soil matrices. The biological alteration of the mechanical behaviour of soils is thus a potential novel path for directed manipulation and improvement of soils. The soil environment is known to be exceptionally complex and heterogeneous in structure. Such complexity is essential to support plant and animal life by providing an intricate particle-pore matrix that consists of solid, liquid and gas phases for the effective cycling and storage of nutrients. This same complex soil matrix is also the fundamental “building block” for geotechnical engineering. With our increased understanding of soil microbial life this biological activity and its products can be harnessed to provide new innovative solutions for geotechnical problems as well as provide explanation for observed geosystem performance. The converse need also exists in the sciences. The behaviour, modelling, and design of materials studied by engineers are necessary to better understand biological processes. This significant work will definitely act as a future guide to the geo-scientists.
AUTOR: Moore, Daniel
EDITORA: Auris Reference
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