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Biological Diversity and Function in Soils

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Diana H. Wall, Alastair H. Fitter, Eldor A. Paul, Iain M. Young, Karl Ritz, A. G. O'Donnell, S. R. Colvan, E. Malosso, S. Supaphol, D. W. Hopkins, E. G. Gregorich, Paul B. Rainey, Michael Brockhurst, Angus Buckling, David J. Hodgson, Rees Kassen, Richard D. Bardgett, Gregor W. Yeates, Jonathan M. Anderson, David A. Wardle, Peter C. Ruiter, Anje-Margriet Neutel, John Moore, D. B. Standing, J. I. Rangel Castro, J. I. Prosser, A. Meharg, K. Killham, Joshua P. Schimel, Jennifer Bennett, Noah Fierer, Clare H. Robinson, E. Janie Pryce Miller, Lewis J. Deacon, J. R. Leake, D. Johnson, D. P. Donnelly, L. Boddy, D. J. Read, Heikki Setälä, Matty P. Berg, T. Hefin Jones, Wim H. van der Putten, Alan J. McCarthy, Neil D. Gray, Thomas P. Curtis, Ian M. Head, Ken E. Giller, David Bignell, Patrick Lavelle, Mike Swift, Edmundo Barrios, Fatima Moreira, Meine van Noordwijk, Isabelle Barios, Nancy Karanja, Jeroen Huising, J. A. Harris, P. Grogan, R. J. Hobbs, Lijbert Brussaard, Ron G. M. de Goede, Lia Hemerik, Bart C. Verschoor, Michael B. Usher, Karl Ritz
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  • Date Published: September 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521609876

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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.

    • 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    "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 University

    "This is an important contribution to soil science. [It] has much to offer the beginnning student as well ass the specialist."
    Northeastern Naturalist

    "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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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521609876
    • length: 428 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 87 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    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
    Index.

  • Editors

    Richard Bardgett, Lancaster University
    RICHARD D. BARDGETT is Professor of Ecology at Lancaster University and has published widely on plant-soil interactions, nutrient cycling, and soil ecology. He is especially interested in studying linkages between plant and soil biological communities, and examining how these links are affected by herbivores.

    Michael Usher, University of Stirling
    MICHAEL B. USHER is retired. For more than 40 years he has had a research interest in the soil biota, especially the Collembola (springtails), Isoptera (termites) and Mesostigmata (mostly predatory mites). He also has a strong interest in nature conservation, and is currently working on a number of aspects of the conservation of biodiversity.

    David Hopkins, University of Stirling
    DAVID W. HOPKINS is Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Stirling and has research expertise in soils science and ecology, especially the biology and biochemistry of nutrient cycling. His research involves ecological, environmental and archaeological projects.

    Contributors

    Diana H. Wall, Alastair H. Fitter, Eldor A. Paul, Iain M. Young, Karl Ritz, A. G. O'Donnell, S. R. Colvan, E. Malosso, S. Supaphol, D. W. Hopkins, E. G. Gregorich, Paul B. Rainey, Michael Brockhurst, Angus Buckling, David J. Hodgson, Rees Kassen, Richard D. Bardgett, Gregor W. Yeates, Jonathan M. Anderson, David A. Wardle, Peter C. Ruiter, Anje-Margriet Neutel, John Moore, D. B. Standing, J. I. Rangel Castro, J. I. Prosser, A. Meharg, K. Killham, Joshua P. Schimel, Jennifer Bennett, Noah Fierer, Clare H. Robinson, E. Janie Pryce Miller, Lewis J. Deacon, J. R. Leake, D. Johnson, D. P. Donnelly, L. Boddy, D. J. Read, Heikki Setälä, Matty P. Berg, T. Hefin Jones, Wim H. van der Putten, Alan J. McCarthy, Neil D. Gray, Thomas P. Curtis, Ian M. Head, Ken E. Giller, David Bignell, Patrick Lavelle, Mike Swift, Edmundo Barrios, Fatima Moreira, Meine van Noordwijk, Isabelle Barios, Nancy Karanja, Jeroen Huising, J. A. Harris, P. Grogan, R. J. Hobbs, Lijbert Brussaard, Ron G. M. de Goede, Lia Hemerik, Bart C. Verschoor, Michael B. Usher, Karl Ritz

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