Biological Diversity and Function in Soils
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- Richard Bardgett, Lancaster University
- Michael Usher, University of Stirling
- David Hopkins, University of Stirling
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Although soil provides physical support for plants and contributes to a variety of important environmental functions, many questions about the ecological significance of its biological diversity, and how ecosystem function is affected, have never been asked. Recent technical developments, as well as new experimental and modelling approaches, have led to a renaissance in soil biodiversity research. The key areas are reflected in this new volume, which brings together many leading contributions on the role and importance of soil biota.Read more
- A major synthesis focusing explicitly on soil biodiversity and ecosystem function
- Integrates a vast body of literature on recent theoretical and technological developments in soil ecology and plant-soil relations
- Provides a strong research basis for both policy development and practical management of soil biodiversity in a changing world
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"A foundation for the new generation.... The editors are to be commended on their effort.... The writing style throughout is comfortably readable.... The chapters remain focused on topics and they are concise and up-to-date.... The index reflects an effort that was well worth the time.... [It] should be accessible to most ecologists and graduate students."
Ecology, Sina M. Adl, Dalhousie UniversitySee more reviews
"This is an important contribution to soil science. [It] has much to offer the beginnning student as well ass the specialist."
"All important aspects of modern soil ecology are embraced, ranging from the molecular to the ecosystem level, from microbes to invertebrates and to plants. It offers a clear, often brilliant demonstration that the knowledge of soil biodiversity is the key for the sustainable management of terrestrial ecosystems."
J.-F. Ponge, European Journal of Soil Science
"On the whole, this book will serve a wide audience. Students will find many excellent essays about fundamental soil ecology in the book, and researchers can update their perspectives on issues that are now rapidly evolving."
Juha Mikola, Ecoscience
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- Date Published: January 2006
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9780511133688
- contains: 87 b/w illus.
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Part I. Introduction:
1. Developing new perspectives from advances in soil biodiversity research Diana H. Wall, Alastair H. Fitter and Eldor A. Paul
Part II. The Soil Environment:
2. The habitat of soil microbes Iain M. Young and Karl Ritz
3. Twenty years of molecular analysis of bacterial communities in soils and what have we learned about function? A. G. O'Donnell, S. R. Colvan, E. Malosso and S. Supaphol
4. Carbon as a substrate for soil organisms D. W. Hopkins and E. G. Gregorich
Part III. Patterns and Drivers of Soil Biodiversity:
5. The use of model Pseudomonas fluorescens populations to study the causes and consequences of microbial diversity Paul B. Rainey, Michael Brockhurst, Angus Buckling, David J. Hodgson and Rees Kassen
6. Patterns and determinants of soil biological diversity Richard D. Bardgett, Gregor W. Yeates and Jonathan M. Anderson
7. How plant communities influence decomposer communities David A. Wardle
8. The balance between productivity and food web structure in soil ecosystems Peter C. Ruiter, Anje-Margriet Neutel and John Moore
9. Rhizosphere carbon flow: a driver of soil microbial diversity? D. B. Standing, J. I. Rangel Castro, J. I. Prosser, A. Meharg and K. Killham
Part IV. Consequences of Soil Biodiversity:
10. Microbial community composition and soil nitrogen cycling: is there really a connection? Joshua P. Schimel, Jennifer Bennett and Noah Fierer
11. Biodiversity of saprotrophic fungi in relation to their function: do fungi obey the rules? Clare H. Robinson, E. Janie Pryce Miller and Lewis J. Deacon
12. Is diversity of mycorrhizal fungi important for ecosystem functioning? J. R. Leake, D. Johnson, D. P. Donnelly, L. Boddy and D. J. Read
13. Trophic structure and functional redundancy in soil communities Heikki Setälä, Matty P. Berg and T. Hefin Jones
14. Plant-soil feedback and soil biodiversity affect the composition of plant communities Wim H. van der Putten
15. Response of the soil bacterial community to perturbation Alan J. McCarthy, Neil D. Gray, Thomas P. Curtis and Ian M. Head
Part V. Applications of Soil Biodiversity:
16. Soil biodiversity in rapidly changing tropical landscapes: scaling down and scaling up Ken E. Giller, David Bignell, Patrick Lavelle, Mike Swift, Edmundo Barrios, Fatima Moreira, Meine van Noordwijk, Isabelle Barios, Nancy Karanja and Jeroen Huising
17. Restoration ecology and the role of soil biodiversity J. A. Harris, P. Grogan and R. J. Hobbs
18. Soil biodiversity: stress and change in grasslands under restoration succession Lijbert Brussaard, Ron G. M. de Goede, Lia Hemerik and Bart C. Verschoor
19. Soil biodiversity, nature conservation and sustainability Michael B. Usher
Part IV. Conclusion:
20. Underview: origins and consequences of below-ground biodiversity Karl Ritz
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