- Title Pages
- List of Contributors
- Chapter 1.1 Soil as a Habitat
- Chapter 1.2 Soil Biodiversity and Functions
- Chapter 1.3 Ecosystem Services Provided by the Soil Biota
- Chapter 2.1 From Single Genes to Microbial Networks
- Chapter 2.2 From Genes to Ecosystems: Plant Genetics as a Link between Above- and Belowground Processes
- Chapter 2.3 Delivery of Soil Ecosystem Services: From Gaia to Genes
- Chapter 3.1 Succession, Resource Processing, and Diversity in Detrital Food Webs
- Chapter 3.2 Patterns of Biodiversity at Fine and Small Spatial Scales
- Chapter 3.3 Linking Soil Biodiversity and Human Health: Do Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi Contribute to Food Nutrition?
- Chapter 3.4 Ecosystem Influences of Fungus-Growing Termites in the Dry Paleotropics
- Chapter 3.5 The Biogeography of Microbial Communities and Ecosystem Processes: Implications for Soil and Ecosystem Models
- Chapter 3.6 Biogeography and Phylogenetic Community Structure of Soil Invertebrate Ecosystem Engineers: Global to Local Patterns, Implications for Ecosystem Functioning and Services and Global Environmental Change Impacts
- Chapter 4.1 Climate Change and Soil Biotic Carbon Cycling
- Chapter 4.2 The Impact of Nitrogen Enrichment on Ecosystems and Their Services
- Chapter 4.3 Urbanization, Soils, and Ecosystem Services
- Chapter 4.4 Management of Grassland Systems, Soil, and Ecosystem Services
- Chapter 5.1 Soil Productivity and Erosion
- Chapter 5.2 Agroforestry and Soil Health: Linking Trees, Soil Biota, and Ecosystem Services
- Chapter 5.3 Soil Health: The Concept, Its Role, and Strategies for Monitoring
- Chapter 5.4 Managing Soil Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
- Chapter 5.5 Soil Ecosystem Resilience and Recovery
- Chapter 5.6 Applying Soil Ecological Knowledge to Restore Ecosystem Services
- (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.
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