- Title Pages
- List of Contributors
- Chapter 1.1 Soil as a Habitat
- Chapter 1.2 Soil Biodiversity and Functions
- Chapter 1.3 Ecosystem Services Provided by the Soil Biota
- Chapter 2.1 From Single Genes to Microbial Networks
- Chapter 2.2 From Genes to Ecosystems: Plant Genetics as a Link between Above- and Belowground Processes
- Chapter 2.3 Delivery of Soil Ecosystem Services: From Gaia to Genes
- Chapter 3.1 Succession, Resource Processing, and Diversity in Detrital Food Webs
- Chapter 3.2 Patterns of Biodiversity at Fine and Small Spatial Scales
- Chapter 3.3 Linking Soil Biodiversity and Human Health: Do Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi Contribute to Food Nutrition?
- Chapter 3.4 Ecosystem Influences of Fungus-Growing Termites in the Dry Paleotropics
- Chapter 3.5 The Biogeography of Microbial Communities and Ecosystem Processes: Implications for Soil and Ecosystem Models
- Chapter 3.6 Biogeography and Phylogenetic Community Structure of Soil Invertebrate Ecosystem Engineers: Global to Local Patterns, Implications for Ecosystem Functioning and Services and Global Environmental Change Impacts
- Chapter 4.1 Climate Change and Soil Biotic Carbon Cycling
- Chapter 4.2 The Impact of Nitrogen Enrichment on Ecosystems and Their Services
- Chapter 4.3 Urbanization, Soils, and Ecosystem Services
- Chapter 4.4 Management of Grassland Systems, Soil, and Ecosystem Services
- Chapter 5.1 Soil Productivity and Erosion
- Chapter 5.2 Agroforestry and Soil Health: Linking Trees, Soil Biota, and Ecosystem Services
- Chapter 5.3 Soil Health: The Concept, Its Role, and Strategies for Monitoring
- Chapter 5.4 Managing Soil Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
- Chapter 5.5 Soil Ecosystem Resilience and Recovery
- Chapter 5.6 Applying Soil Ecological Knowledge to Restore Ecosystem Services
- (p.299) Introduction
- Soil Ecology and Ecosystem Services
Jeffrey E. Herrick
- Oxford University Press
This chapter provides an overview of the main themes covered in Section 5. The six chapters in this section address the role of soil biota in a wider context of maintaining soil resources for sustaining the Earth's capacity to provide critical ecosystem services. They describe the limitations to our understanding of the contributions of specific groups of soil biota, identify the contradictions found in the results of reductionist and more holistic approaches alike, and attribute the inconsistencies to site- and disturbance-specific interactions with the soil biotic community.
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