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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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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.5) Introduction
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Soil Ecology and Ecosystem Services
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Karl Ritz

Wim H. van der Putten

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575923.003.0002

This chapter provides an overview of the three chapters in Section 1. Chapter 1.1 considers the soil as a habitat. Chapter 1.2 reviews the levels of biodiversity that occur belowground. Chapter 1.3 considers how the soil biota actually delivers ecosystem services. It also explores the contrasting ‘soil biogeochemistry’ and ‘soil biology’ perspectives of how ecosystems function, and reviews the functional group concept.

Keywords:   soil ecology, habitat, biodiversity, soil biota, ecosystem services, soil biogeochemistry, soil biology, functional group concept

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