Fundamentals of Soil Ecology / Edition 2

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This fully revised and expanded edition of Fundamentals of Soil Ecology continues its holistic approach to soil biology and ecosystem function. Students and ecosystem researchers will gain a greater understanding of the central roles that soils play in ecosystem development and function. The authors emphasize the increasing importance of soils as the organizing center for all terrestrial ecosystems and provide an overview of theory and practice of soil ecology, both from an ecosystem and evolutionary biology point of view. This volume contains updated and greatly expanded coverage of all belowground biota (roots, microbes and fauna) and methods to identify and determine its distribution and abundance. New chapters are provided on soil biodiversity and its relationship to ecosystem processes, suggested laboratory and field methods to measure biota and their activities in ecosystems..

• Contains over 60% new material and 150 more pages
• Includes new chapters on soil biodiversity and its relationship to ecosystem function
• Outlines suggested laboratory and field methods
• Incorporates new pedagogical features
• Combines theoretical and practical approaches

Audience: Soil scientists, agricultural scientists, crop scinetists, ecologists, microbiologists and invertebrate zoologists. Faculty, researchers, graduate students and undergraduates interested in these and related disciplines. Libraries at institutions with strong programs in these and related areas. Classroom adoptions for soil ecology courses.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book is by highly respected authors on a very active will give an excellent education on soil organisms and their general behavior."

"...a very well written and organized book, with its major strength in stating the various topics as 'state of the art,' along with the authors' visions for the near future of soil ecology."
-Hector Causarano, Auburn University, in VADOSE ZONE JOURNAL, 2005

"This updated and expanded edition will be useful as a textbook for students of soil ecology and scientists doing research in this field."
-Northeastern Naturalist

"The writing is erudite, yet with a clear and easy style, sprinkled with anecdotes that make for an engaging excellent reference ."
- Keith Paustian, Colorado State University, in AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS

" eye-opener and a fascinating journey...This clarity is to be appreciated by every academic teacher and makes it fun reading."

" excellent introduction to the field of soil ecology and is essential reading for any student or researcher...I recommend this book strongly."
- Richard Bardgett, Institute of Environmental and Natural Sciences, Soil and Ecosystem Ecology Laboratory in Bioscience

"This book remains my choice of texts for students and would be recommended for anyone with an interest in soils..." - John Dighton, Director, Rutgers University Pinelands Field Station, U.S.A.

"[The authors] bring together the most recent information on soil science, soil zoology and ecology, in a comprehensive, well-written book." - Diana Wall, Professor and Director, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University, U.S.A.

"This book provides a balanced and comprehensive perspective on the multi-disciplinary nature of soil ecology." - Deborah Neher, University of Toledo, Ohio, U.S.A.

"Fundamentals of Soil a thorough, well-researched presentation of current trends in soil ecology. I highly recommend this book." - Thomas L. Thompson, Professor of Soil Science, University of Arizona

"Students and ecosystem researchers will gain a greater understanding of the central roles that soils play in ecosystem development and function."

A gardener has an intimate knowledge of soil and its crawling inhabitants, but in the area of ecology the ground is often slighted by the preservation of more distant considerations such as eagles. Coleman and Crossley (Institute of Ecology, U. of Georgia) have designed a graduate-level text integrating soil science with ecology, treating the soil as an organizing center for ecosystems while examining the activities of microbes and soil fauna, decomposition cycles, the physiology of soil organisms, and future developments in biodiversity and global change. Includes illustrations and photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780121797263
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 7/19/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 711,881
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to First Edition
Preface to Second Edition
Historical Overview of Soils and the Fitness of the Soil Environment
Primary Production Processes in Soils: Roots and Rhizosphere Associates
Secondary Production: Activities and Functions of Heterotrophic Organisms—Microbes
Secondary Production: Activities and Functions of Heterotrophic Organisms—The Soil Fauna
Decomposition and Nutrient Cycling
Soil Foodwebs: Detritivory and Microbivory in Soils
Soil Biodiversity, and Linkages to Soil Processes
Future Developments in Soil Ecology
Laboratory and Field Exercises in Soil Ecology

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