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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.59) Synthesis
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Soil Ecology and Ecosystem Services
Author(s):

Karl Ritz

Wim H. van der Putten

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575923.003.0006

This chapter offers a synthesis of the discussions in Section 1. The chapters in this section demonstrate that the living constituents of soils are integral to the delivery of ecosystem services. The evolutionary adaptation of the soil biota promotes soil ecosystem functioning and the delivery of ecosystem services. The relative roles of biodiversity also underpin ecosystem service delivery with respect to basic taxonomic richness versus the functional properties that the organisms impart.

Keywords:   soil ecology, ecosystem services, soil biota, evolutionary adaptation, biodiversity

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