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Soil Ecology and Ecosystem Services$
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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

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199575923

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575923.001.0001

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Synthesis

Synthesis

Chapter:
(p.111) Synthesis
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Soil Ecology and Ecosystem Services
Author(s):

Wim van der Putten

Karl Ritz

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575923.003.0011

This chapter offers a synthesis of the discussions in Section 2, which examined the relationships between genes and ecosystem services across three levels of scale. The core message of the entire section is that belowground genes matter for the provisioning of ecosystem services at all scales, from nucleic acid molecules to our entire planet.

Keywords:   ecosystem services, microbes, microbial communities, soil organisms, belowground genes

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