Methods for the Examination of Organismal Diversity in Soils and Sediments

Methods for the Examination of Organismal Diversity in Soils and Sediments

by Geoffrey S Hall, Cab Int
     
 

ISBN-10: 0851991491

ISBN-13: 9780851991498

Pub. Date: 12/28/1996

Publisher: CAB International North America

Our lack of knowledge of the organisms dwelling in soils and sediments and of their roles in ecological processes constitutes a major barrier to understanding how ecosystems operate. This topic has both academic and applied relevance. Thus, in order to forecast the implications of perturbations in a site on both the species present and the ecosystem functioning,

Overview

Our lack of knowledge of the organisms dwelling in soils and sediments and of their roles in ecological processes constitutes a major barrier to understanding how ecosystems operate. This topic has both academic and applied relevance. Thus, in order to forecast the implications of perturbations in a site on both the species present and the ecosystem functioning, whether direct (e.g. pollution or physical disturbance) or indirect (e.g. climate change), methods need to be available that can be used to ascertain what organisms are present in a sample.
This book provides an authoritative manual of the techniques now used for different organisms. It has been developed as part of a project initiated by the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS), supported by UNESCO. It covers both soil organisms and those inhabiting freshwater and marine sediments, from microbes (bacteria, algae, fungi, etc.) to macrofauna (earthworms, nematodes, molluscs, etc.). The chapters are arranged by organismal groups and have been written by recognized specialists from the USA and Europe. The book makes a major contribution to the literature and is indispensable for soil and aquatic biologists and ecologists, as well as those with a broader interest in biodiversity and environmental sciences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780851991498
Publisher:
CAB International North America
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Series:
Cabi Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword

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