Fundamentals of Soil Ecology

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Academic Press, 2004 - Science - 386 pages
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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
  

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Excellent book for those interested in soil organisms and soil ecology! I enjoyed the part about organisms very much! :) Read full review

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Contents

1 Historical Overview of Soils and the Fitness of the Soil Environment
1
Roots and Rhizosphere Associates
23
Activities of Heterotrophic OrganismsMicrobes
47
Activities of Heterotrophic OrganismsThe Soil Fauna
79
5 Decomposition and Nutrient Cycling
187
Detritivory and Microbivory in Soils
227
7 Soil Biodiversity and Linkages to Soil Processes
247
8 Future Developments in Soil Ecology
271
9 Laboratory and Field Exercises in Soil Ecology
299
References
327
Index
375
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