The Biology of Soil
A Community and Ecosystem Approach
By (author) Richard D. Bardgett
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Biology of Soil by Richard D. Bardgett
Book DescriptionThis 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. The Biology of Soil provides an excellent, easy to read introduction for anyone working in the field of soil ecology and related disciplines, and will be ideal for students taking undergraduate and postgraduate courses in soil ecology, plant-soil relationships, ecosystem ecology, and land management.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198525035
(233mm x 156mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 2-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Richard D. Bardgett
Earth Matters, Hardback (January 2016)
Earth Matters describes the importance of soil, the many ways in which we depend on it, and how humans have worked with the soil throughout history. Exploring the reasons for increasing recognition and respect for soil even among town and city dwellers, Bardgett concludes with a look at current efforts to stop widespread soil degradation.
Soil Ecology and Ecosystem Services, Paperback (July 2013)
This multi-contributor, international volume synthesizes contributions from the world's leading soil scientists and ecologists, describing cutting-edge research that provides a basis for the maintenance of soil health and sustainability.
Aboveground-belowground Linkages, Paperback (July 2010)
Synthesises and evaluates recent advances concerning how species and their interactions influence terrestrial ecosystem processes, such as productivity, decomposition, nutrient cycling, and fluxes.
Biological Diversity and Function in Soils, Paperback (September 2005)» View all books by Richard D. Bardgett
The dynamic nature of current research into soil biodiversity is reflected in this excellent volume.
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Author Biography - Richard D. Bardgett
Richard Bardgett is Professor of Ecology in the Institute of Environmental and Natural Sciences at the University of Lancaster, UK.
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