Biology and Ecology of Earthworms, Volume 3

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Springer Science & Business Media, 1996 - Science - 426 pages
This is the third edition of this popular text which reviews all aspects of earthworm biology and ecology. The book has been updated throughout and extensive additions made. These include a greatly expanded treatment of earthworm community ecology, interactions between earthworms and microorganisms, and the importance of earthworms in environmental management and their use in organic waste management. A straightforward and integrative approach has been taken to reviewing the literature of this important area (over 1400 references are cited). An extensive appendix has also been added summarizing the toxicity to earthworms of a wide range of chemicals. This book will continue to be an invaluable text for students of agriculture, soil science, ecology and invertebrate zoology.
 

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Contents

Earthworm morphology
1
12 CHAETOTAXY
2
13 GENITAL AND OTHER APERTURES
5
14 THE CLITELLUM AND ASSOCIATED STRUCTURES
6
15 PIGMENTATION
7
16 THE BODY WALL
8
17 THE COELOM
11
18 THE ALIMENTARY CANAL
13
75 SOIL TYPE
146
76 ORGANIC MATTER
148
77 FOOD SUPPLY
150
78 INTERACTIONS BETWEEN ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS
154
The role of earthworms in organic matter and nutrient cycles
155
82 AMOUNTS OF ORGANIC MATTER CONSUMED
160
83 NUTRIENT CYCLING
162
Earthworms and microorganisms
181

19 THE VASCULAR SYSTEM
15
110 THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM
18
112 THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
23
113 THE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM
27
Earthworm diversity and geographical distribution
30
22 FAMILIES GENERA AND SPECIES
32
23 GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION
40
Earthworm biology
46
32 REPRODUCTION
54
33 QUIESCENCE DIAPAUSE AND ESTIVATION
60
34 GROWTH
62
35 BEHAVIOR PATTERNS
64
Earthworm physiology
71
42 DIGESTION
73
43 EXCRETION
74
44 CIRCULATION
77
45 NERVOUS SYSTEM
78
46 WATER RELATIONSHIPS
82
47 LOCOMOTION AND PERISTALSIS
84
48 REGENERATION
86
49 TRANSPLANTATION
88
Earthworm ecology populations
89
52 SIZE OF POPULATIONS
96
AGE DISTRIBUTION
100
SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION
101
55 SEASONAL POPULATIONS AND ACTIVITY
106
Earthworm ecology communities
112
62 DISPERSAL
120
63 PREDATORS PARASITES AND PATHOGENS
124
64 ECOLOGICAL ENERGETICS
129
The influence of environmental factors on earthworms
134
72 TEMPERATURE
137
73 pH
142
74 AERATION AND CARBON DIOXIDE
145
92 IMPORTANCE OF MICROORGANISMS AS FOOD FOR EARTHWORMS
189
93 DISPERSAL OF MICROORGANISMS BY EARTHWORMS
191
94 STIMULATION OF MICROBIAL DECOMPOSITION BY EARTHWORMS
193
Role of earthworms in soil structure fertility and productivity
196
102 EFFECTS OF EARTHWORMS ON SOIL STRUCTURE
202
103 EARTHWORMS AS BIOINDICATORS OF SOIL TYPE
211
104 EFFECTS OF EARTHWORMS ON PLANT PRODUCTIVITY
212
Earthworms as pests and benefactors
218
112 EARTHWORMS AS BENEFACTORS OTHER THAN IN SOIL FERTILITY
225
113 CONTROL OF EARTHWORMS
229
Earthworms in environmental management
231
122 EARTHWORMS AS INDICATORS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION
237
Earthworms in organic waste management
241
131 MANAGEMENT OF SEWAGE SLUDGE BY EARTHWORMS
242
132 MANAGEMENT OF ANIMAL VEGETABLE AND INDUSTRIAL ORGANIC WASTES BY EARTHWORMS
244
133 SPECIES OF EARTHWORMS SUITABLE FOR WASTE MANAGEMENT
247
134 EARTHWORM COMPOSTS AS PLANT GROWTH MEDIA
253
135 THE USE OF EARTHWORMS AS A FEED PROTEIN SOURCE FOR ANIMALS
257
136 ENGINEERING OF WASTE MANAGEMENT BY EARTHWORMS
263
137 ROLE OF EARTHWORMS IN PROCESSING ORGANIC WASTES APPLIED TO AGRICULTURAL AND OTHER LAND
266
Effects of agricultural practices and chemicals on earthworms
268
142 THE EFFECTS OF CROPPING
273
143 THE EFFECTS OF FERTILIZERS
276
144 THE EFFECTS OF CHEMICALS
278
145 THE EFFECTS OF RADIOISOTOPES
291
146 HEAVY METALS AND EARTHWORMS
292
147 ACID DEPOSITION AND EARTHWORMS
298
Summary of results of laboratory and field experiments on testing the toxicity of chemicals to earthworms
300
Appendix B Glossary
306
Bibliography
310
Author index
381
Systematic index
392
Subject index
402
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Page 314 - Jennings, AC (1959) Earthworms and soil fertility. III. The influence of earthworms on the availability of nitrogen. Aust. J.
Page 315 - Bengtsson, G., Nordstrom, S., and Rundgren, S. (1983) Population density and tissue metal concentration of Lumbricids in forest soils near a brass mill, Environ. Pollut. (Ser. A.) 30, 87-108.
Page 314 - Barois, I., Verdier, B., Kaiser, P. et al. (1987) Influence of the tropical earthworm Pontoscolex corethrurus (Glossoscolecidae) on the fixation and mineralization of nitrogen, in On Earthworms, (eds AM Bonvicini-Pagliai and P.
Page 314 - The influence of earthworms on soil fertility. II. Consumption of soil and organic matter by the earthworm Allolobophora caliginosa, Aust.

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Clive A. Edwards is Director of the Sustainable Agriculture Program at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

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