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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.115) Introduction
Soil Ecology and Ecosystem Services

Donald R. Strong

Valerie Behan-Pelletier

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This chapter provides an overview of the main themes covered in Section 3. The six chapters of this section explore patterns of biodiversity at scales, from rhizosphere, to soil samples, to plot, to landscape in vertical and horizontal separation. They cover the diversity among single taxa, of species assemblages, and across taxa in generating the patchiness of soil biota and functions at local scales. The influences of non-living physical and chemical properties, climate, as well as the weaving in of biotic factors in affecting the services provided by soil, are a complementary topic. The section also considers show small-scale soil processes scale up to global patterns.

Keywords:   biodiversity, soil processes, species assemblage, soil biota, ecosystem services

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