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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.295) Synthesis
Soil Ecology and Ecosystem Services

Richard D. Bardgett

T. Hefin Jones

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a synthesis of the discussions in Section 5, which demonstrates the potential for human activities to have profound impacts on soils, their biodiversity, and their capacity to deliver ecosystem services. It illustrates how decisions about the future management of soils for ecosystem services will need to take into account how they are being, and will be, affected by multiple global change phenomena in the future, and how soil management might actually be changed in order to mitigate global change, for example, through carbon storage in soil.

Keywords:   human activities, soil ecology, biodiversity, ecosystem services, soil management

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