Aboveground-Belowground Linkages:Biotic Interactions, Ecosystem Processes, and Global Change.Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution


  • The first book to give a mechanistic understanding of how biological interactions serve as terrestrial ecosystem drivers
  • Strong emphasis on interactions, linking the study of soil biota, plants, and their consumers with wider ecological issues such as biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and global change
  • Draws together a large body of literature that tackles the topic from a range of perspectives and at vastly different spatial and temporal scales
  • Ideal graduate seminar course material
  • Aboveground-Belowground Linkages provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive synthesis of recent advances in our understanding of the roles that interactions between aboveground and belowground communities play in regulating the structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems, and their responses to global change. It charts the historical development of this field of ecology and evaluates what can be learned from the recent proliferation of studies on the ecological and biogeochemical significance of aboveground-belowground linkages.

    The book is structured around four key topics: biotic interactions in the soil; plant community effects; the role of aboveground consumers; and the influence of species gains and losses. A concluding chapter draws together this information and identifies a number of cross-cutting themes, including consideration of aboveground-belowground feedbacks that occur at different spatial and temporal scales, the consequences of these feedbacks for ecosystem processes, and how aboveground-belowground interactions link to human-induced global change.
    Readership: This accessible text is suitable for senior undergraduate and graduate level students taking courses in community and ecosystem ecology, biodiversity, and global change, as well as research scientists requiring a modern overview of this fast emerging topic.

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    320 pages
    85 black and white illustrations
    Available as Paperback or Hardback.

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