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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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Above-ground trophic interactions and soil biological communities

Above-ground trophic interactions and soil biological communities

(p.119) 5 Above-ground trophic interactions and soil biological communities
The Biology of Soil

Richard D. Bardgett

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines some of the many ways that above-ground herbivores may influence below-ground organisms and processes, and how these changes in soil biological properties may in turn feedback to affect above-ground primary production and the grazers themselves. It highlights the different mechanisms by which herbivores affect decomposers and their activities over various temporal and spatial scales, ranging from the individual plant to the plant community; how these mechanisms operate in different ecosystems (grasslands, Arctic tundra, and forests) is also discussed.

Keywords:   herbivores, terrestrial ecosystems, soil community, Arctic tundra, forests, grasslands

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