The Biology of Soil:A community and ecosystem approach.Biology of Habitats Series


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The Biology of Soil:A community and ecosystem approach.Biology of Habitats Series Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Oxford University Press
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Pages: 256 Illustrations and other contents: numerous line drawings, halftones and tables ISBN: 9780198525028 Categories: , ,

This book is unique in providing a comprehensive, up-to-date synthesis of what is known about soil biodiversity and the factors that regulate its distribution, as well as the functional significance of below-ground biodiversity for ecosystem form and function. It describes the vast diversity of biota that live in the soil environment – the most complex habitat on Earth – and discusses the factors that act as determinants of this diversity across different spatial and temporal scales.
The Biology of Soil also considers how biotic interactions in soil influence the important soil processes of decomposition and nutrient cycling . It demonstrates how interactions and feedbacks between diverse plant and soil communities act as important drivers of ecosystem form and function. The importance of these relationships for understanding how ecosystems respond to global change phenomena, including climate change, is discussed in depth. Much is still to be learned about the soil biota and their roles in ecosystems, and the author highlights some of the many challenges that face ecologists in the exploration of soil.
Richard Bardgett has wide experience in soil and terrestrial ecology, and his background of research in many ecosystems is reflected in this book which is the most comprehensive, up-to-date volume currently available in soil ecology. It provides an introduction to the biology of soil, and it also discusses the most recent developments in this progressive field of ecology. The importance of soil biotic interactions for community and ecosystem ecology is illustrated through the use of numerous examples and case studies.

Readership: An accessible text suitable for both undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in soil ecology and ecosystem science, as well as professional researchers in the fields of ecology and environmental biology requiring a modern overview of the topic.

Weight0.42 kg



Our understanding of how soils function is rapidly growing and this small, easily read book will bring everyone up to date, backed up by an impressive an introductory text it is excellent. Peter Thomas, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society 2006, 37:2 It is very well written and illustrated, and its unique approach and breadth of coverage separates it from typical soil microbiology textbooks. This volume deserves a place on the bookshelves of all soil scientists and soil ecologists. * Clive A Edwards, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol 82 June 2007 * ...this book has immense potential as a core key teaching resource for instructing ecology students about the importance of soils and aboveground-belowground feedbacks. In addition to recommending this as a teaching text, I strongly recmmend The Biology of Soils to any ecologist who does not actively work in soils and wants to learn more about their fascinating ecology * Trends in Ecology and Evolution *