The Architecture and Biology of Soils: Life in Inner Space

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Karl Ritz
CABI, 2011 - Science - 244 pages
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Soil is a fundamental and critical, yet often overlooked, component of terrestrial ecosystems. It is an extremely complex environment, supporting levels of diversity far greater than any ecosystem above ground. This book explores how soil structure develops and the consequences this has for life underground. The effects of spatial arrangement, of soil's physical and biological components on their interaction and function are used to demonstrate their roles in ecosystem dynamics.
 

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Contents

in situ Visualization of Soil Biota
1
2 Modelling Soil Structure and Processes
13
3 Microbial Regulation of Soil Structural Dynamics
37
4 The Zoological Generation of Soil Structure
71
Plants
86
6 BiotaMineral Interactions
104
7 How do the Microhabitats Framed by Soil Structure Impact Soil Bacteria and the Processes that they Regulate?
118
8 Fungal Growth in Soils
149
9 Sensory Ecology in Soil Space
164
10 Managing the Interactions between Soil Biota and their Physical Habitat in Agroecosystems
170
Creation and Maintenance of Inner Space
196
12 Biological Interactions within Soil Profiles Engineered for Sport and Amenity Use
216
Index
235
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