Soil Ecology and Ecosystem Services

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This multi-contributor, international volume synthesizes contributions from the world's leading soil scientists and ecologists, describing cutting-edge research that provides a basis for the maintenance of soil health and sustainability. The book covers these advances from a unique perspective of examining the ecosystem services produced by soil biota across different scales - from biotic interactions at microscales to communities functioning at regional and global scales. The book leads the user towards an ...
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This multi-contributor, international volume synthesizes contributions from the world's leading soil scientists and ecologists, describing cutting-edge research that provides a basis for the maintenance of soil health and sustainability. The book covers these advances from a unique perspective of examining the ecosystem services produced by soil biota across different scales - from biotic interactions at microscales to communities functioning at regional and global scales. The book leads the user towards an understanding of how the sustainability of soils, biodiversity, and ecosystem services can be maintained and how humans, other animals, and ecosystems are dependent on living soils and ecosystem services.

This is a valuable reference book for academic libraries and professional ecologists worldwide as a statement of progress in the broad field of soil ecology. It will also be of interest to both upper level undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in soil ecology, as well as academic researchers and professionals in the field requiring an authoritative, balanced, and up-to-date overview of this fast expanding topic.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199688166
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Diana H. Wall, University Distinguished Professor and Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University, USA,Richard D. Bardgett, Professor of Ecology, University of Manchester, UK,Valerie Behan-Pelletier, Research Fellow, Invertebrate Biodiversity Program, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada,Jeffrey E. Herrick, Research Scientist, USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental Range, USA,T. Hefin Jones, Senior Lecturer and Professor, Cardiff University, UK,Johan Six, Professor of Agroecology, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis, USA,Donald R. Strong, Professor of Biological Science, University of California, Davis, USA,Wim H. van der Putten, Head of the Department of Terrestrial Ecology, The Netherlands Institute of Ecology, The Netherlands

The Editor-in-Chief, Diana H. Wall, is University Distinguished Professor and Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University. Diana is actively engaged in research exploring how nematode and other invertebrate diversity contributes to healthy, productive soils and thus to society, and the consequences of human activities on soil globally. Her 20+ years research in the Antarctic Dry Valleys follows the response of soil organisms and ecosystem processes to environmental change, and in Africa she examines biodiversity in fertile and degraded soils. She served as President of the Ecological Society of America, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Intersociety Consortium for Plant Protection, the Association of Ecosystem Research Centers, and the Society of Nematologists. Diana received her BA and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky, Lexington and is a Professor of Biology and a Senior Scientist at the Natural Research Ecology Laboratory.

The Section Editors, 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, are all leading researchers in this field.

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Table of Contents

Introduction, Diana H. Wall
Section 1 - The Living Soil and Ecosystem Services
1.0. Introduction, Karl Ritz and Wim van der Putten
1.1. Soil as a habitat, Patrick Lavelle
1.2. Soil biodiversity and functions, Susanne Wurst, Gerlinde De Deyn, and Kate Orwin
1.3. Ecosystem services provided by the soil biota, Lijbert Brussaard
1.4. Synthesis, Karl Ritz and Wim van der Putten
Section 2 - From Genes to Ecosystem Services
2.0. Introduction, Wim van der Putten and Karl Ritz
2.1. From single genes to microbial networks, Evelyn Hackl, Michael Schloter, Ute Szukics, Levente Bodrossy, and Angela Sessitsch
2.2. From genes to ecosystems: plant genetics as a link between above- and belowground processes, Jennifer Schweitzer, Michael Madritch, Emmi Felker-Quinn, and Joseph Bailey
2.3. Delivery of soil ecosystem services: from Gaia to genes, Katarina Hedlund and Jim Harris
2.4. Synthesis, Wim van der Putten and Karl Ritz
Section 3 - Community Structure and Biotic Assemblages
3.0. Introduction, Don Strong and Valerie Behan-Pelletier
3.1. Succession, resource processing, and diversity in detrital food webs, Justin Bastow
3.2. Patterns of biodiversity at fine and small spatial scales, Matty Berg
3.3. Linking soil biodiversity and human health: do arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi contribute to food nutrition, Pedro Antunes, Philipp Franken, Dietmar Schwarz, Matthias Rillig, Marco Cosme, Martha Scott, and Miranda Hart
3.4. Ecosystem influences of fungus-growing termites in the dry paleotropics, Gregor W. Schuurman
3.5. The biogeography of microbial communities and ecosystem processes: implications for soil and ecosystem models, Mark Bradford and Noah Fierer
3.6. Biogeography and phylogenetic community structure of soil invertebrate ecosystem engineers, Lijbert Brussaard, Duur K. Aanen, Maria J.I. Briones, Thibaud Decaens, Gerlinde B. De Deyn, Tom M. Fayle, Samuel W. James, and Tania Nobre
3.7. Synthesis, Don Strong and Valerie Behan-Pelletier
Section 4 - Global Changes
4.0. Introduction, Richard Bardgett and T. Hefin Jones
4.1. Climate change effects on soils and ecosystem services, Nick J. Ostle and Susan E. Ward
4.2. The impact of nitrogen enrichment on ecosystems and their services, Peter Manning
4.3. Urbanization, soils, and ecosystem services, Mitchell A. Pavao-Zuckerman
4.4. Management of grassland systems, and soil and ecosystem services, Phil Murray, Felicity Crotty, and Nick van Eekeren
4.5. Synthesis, Richard Bardgett and T. Hefin Jones
Section 5 - Sustainable Soils
5.0. Introduction, Johan Six and Jeffrey E. Herrick
5.1. Soil productivity and erosion, Kristof Van Oost and Martha M. Bakker
5.2. Agroforestry and soil health: linking trees, soil biota, and ecosystem services, Edmundo Barrios, Gudeta Sileshi, Keith Shepherd, and Fergus Sinclair
5.3. Soil health: the concept, its role, and strategies for monitoring, Douglas L. Karlen
5.4. Managing soil biodiversity and ecosystem services, Michel A. Cavigelli, Jude E. Maul, and Katalin Szlavecz
5.5. Soil ecosystem resilience and recovery, Stuart Grandy, Jennifer M. Fraterrigo, and Sharon A. Billings
5.6. Applying soil ecological knowledge to restore ecosystem services, Sara G. Baer, Liam Heneghan, and Valerie T. Eviner
5.7. Synthesis, Jeffrey E. Herrick and Johan Six
Index

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