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The Biology of Soil: A community and ecosystem approach

Richard Bardgett


This book provides a comprehensive, up-to-date synthesis of what is known about soil biodiversity and the factors that regulate its distribution, as well as the functional significance of below-ground biodiversity for ecosystem form and function. It describes the vast diversity of biota that live in the soil environment — the most complex habitat on Earth — and discusses the factors that act as determinants of this diversity across different spatial and temporal scales. This book also considers how biotic interactions in soil influence the important soil processes of decomposition and nutrient ... More

Keywords: soil biodiversity, below-ground biodiversity, ecosystem form, biota, soil environment, complex habitat, Earth, temporal scales, biotic interactions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198525035
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525035.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Bardgett, author
Institute of Environmental and Natural Sciences, University of Lancaster, UK