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Useful for anyone interested in maintaining productive soils, this book evaluates how soil organisms and biotic processes can be used as indicators of soil health.
"Human activities have had a tremendous impact on this Earth, and our soils have paid a disproportionate share of the environmental cost imposed by the needs of our increasing human population. This multiauthored book makes a strong case for identifying biological indicators of soil health that can be used to understand the impacts we are having, and thereby lead to better management of one of the Earth's greatest resources. . . . The researchers who have contributed to this volume include names familiar to scientists outside the discipline of soil science, and each has written clearly in their area of expertise. Thus, although this is a research volume, the audience for this synthesis should include students and researchers in soil science, agronomy, plant physiology, and environmental biology, as well as those who have forgotten the important role of soils in world ecosystems."--The Quarterly Review of Biology
"Many ecosystem services required for the production of agricultura
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