Comprehensive guide to biological diversity and function in soils. Topics covered include: Developing new ecological perspectives from advances in soil biodiversity research; Characterisation of Soil Biodiversity; Twenty years of molecular microbial ecology: what have we learned?; The causes and consequences of microbial diversity; Patterns and determinants of belowground diversity; Functional Importance of Soil Biodiversity: Carbon as a substrate; Biodiversity of saprotrophic fungi in relation to their function; Microbial community composition and soil N cycling: is there really a connection?; Soil biodiversity and the composition of plant communities; Trophic assembly and functional redundancy in soil communities; System Linkages: How does the physics of the soil system dictate soil ecological processes?; Plant community composition and diversity: consequences for the decomposer subsystem; Does rhizosphere C flow drive soil biodiversity?; Is diversity of mycorrhizal fungi important for ecosystem functioning?; The balance between productivity and community structure in soil food webs; Soil Biodiversity and Environmental Change; Soil biodiversity in rapidly changing tropical landscapes: scaling down and scaling up; The response of the soil bacterial community to perturbation; Climate change and soil biodiversity; Applications of Soil Biodiversity: Soil biodiversity: indicating stress and managing change in the evolutionary playground; Restoration ecology and the role of soil biodiversity; Soil biodiversity, nature conservation and sustainability; Underview - origins and consequences of belowground biodiversity; Index.
'... the contributions are well written and come up with new views and perspectives. ... the book is very well edited and includes a comprehensive index allowing quick location of topics. ... the editors are to be congratulated for having brought together some of the most prominent in the field for contributing to this volume. ... Certainly, the new book will substantiate the appreciation of the importance of the below-ground system and I wish it will be read not only by people working on soil biota but by a wide audience of ecologists including those working on above-ground systems.' Basic and Applied Ecology 'This is an excellent reference book that provides information on soil eco-system functioning which will be useful to a wide range of readers from undergraduates to researchers. The great subject breadth contains a lot of very useful information for both the specialist and those wishing to extend their knowledge into other areas. Non-specialists will find this a very good introduction to soil biology as it informs just how diverse, active, potent and intriguing soil systems are. A text to be recommended.' Experimental Agriculture 'It offers a clear, often brilliant demonstration that the knowledge of soil biodiversity is the key for the sustainable management of terrestrial ecosystems.' European Journal of Soil Science
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