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The Biology of SoilA community and ecosystem approach$
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Richard Bardgett

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198525035

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525035.001.0001

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The diversity of life in soil

The diversity of life in soil

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The Biology of Soil

Richard D. Bardgett

Oxford University Press

An increasing number of ecologists are starting to turn their attention to soil communities, largely because of an awareness that not only do soil organisms regulate major ecosystem processes, such as organic matter turnover and nutrient cycling, but they also act as important drivers of vegetation change. This chapter provides a brief introduction to some of the major groups of organisms that live in soil, and discusses their diversity in different ecosystems. The chapter also considers what factors are likely to act as primary determinants of soil biodiversity across various spatial and temporal scales.

Keywords:   soil biota, soil biodiversity, soil community, soil organisms, terrestrial ecosystems

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