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Soil Ecology and Ecosystem Services
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Soil Ecology and Ecosystem Services

Diana H. Wall, Richard D. Bardgett, Valerie Behan-Pelletier, Jeffrey E. Herrick, T. Hefin Jones, Karl Ritz, Johan Six, Donald R. Strong, and Wim H. van der Putten


Soils and their biodiversity are currently being degraded at a rapid pace due to human activities. However, despite sitting at the foundation of human and ecosystem sustainability, soils are often ignored in scientific discussions of global issues. This book synthesizes current knowledge on soil ecosystem services, and provides a basis for the maintenance of soil health and sustainability. It begins by examining the living soil as a habitat in terms of biodiversity, functions, and ecosystem services. Soil ecosystem services are explored and explained at different scales from genes of microbes ... More

Keywords: biodiversity, ecology, ecosystem services, environmental degradation, global scale, micro scale, regional scale, soil, sustainability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199575923
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575923.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diana H. Wall, editor
Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University, USA

Richard D. Bardgett, editor
University of Manchester, UK

Valerie Behan-Pelletier, editor
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada


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Section 1 The Living Soil and Ecosystem Services

Section 2 From Genes to Ecosystem Services

Section 3 Community Structure and Biotic Assemblages

Section 4 Global Changes

Section 5 Sustainable Soils

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