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Soil Ecology and Ecosystem Services$
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Diana H. Wall, 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

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199575923

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575923.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Soil Ecology and Ecosystem Services

Diana H. Wall

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the main themes covered in this book, which offers a unique synthesis of state-of-the-art information on soil ecology and ecosystem services. Developments in soil ecology research and the study of living soils as a provider of ecosystem services are reflected in the authors' expertise, analyses, and perspectives of how soils and their biodiversity function to provide ecosystem services across local to global scales, and how soils are affected by global change. The discussions of new technologies, molecular tools, models, and lab and field studies show a progression of increasing understanding of the functions of many species, both animals and microbes, which comprise the biodiversity in our soils. The information in the book also reveals the relevance of soil biodiversity to humankind, and contributes data, examples, and perspectives that will be useful in scientific and policy discussions on sustaining soils and people.

Keywords:   soil ecology, ecosystem services, biodiversity

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