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The Biology of Soil: A community and ecosystem approach (Biology of Habitats) [Paperback]

Richard Bardgett
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2 Jun 2005 Biology of Habitats
This book is unique in providing 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.
The Biology of Soil also considers how biotic interactions in soil influence the important soil processes of decomposition and nutrient cycling . It demonstrates how interactions and feedbacks between diverse plant and soil communities act as important drivers of ecosystem form and function. The importance of these relationships for understanding how ecosystems respond to global change phenomena, including climate change, is discussed in depth. Much is still to be learned about the soil biota and their roles in ecosystems, and the author highlights some of the many challenges that face ecologists in the exploration of soil.
Richard Bardgett has wide experience in soil and terrestrial ecology, and his background of research in many ecosystems is reflected in this book which is the most comprehensive, up-to-date volume currently available in soil ecology. It provides an introduction to the biology of soil, and it also discusses the most recent developments in this progressive field of ecology. The importance of soil biotic interactions for community and ecosystem ecology is illustrated through the use of numerous examples and case studies.
The Biology of Soil provides an excellent, easy to read introduction for anyone working in the field of soil ecology and related disciplines, and will be ideal for students taking undergraduate and postgraduate courses in soil ecology, plant-soil relationships, ecosystem ecology, and land management.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (2 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198525036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198525035
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 640,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I recommend this book to soil ecologists across a range of expertise and to soil and environmental scientists who want to increase their understanding of the role of soil biota in ecosystem processes. (European Journal of Science, 58, 1213-1220)

Our understanding of how soils function is rapidly growing and this small, easily read book will bring everyone up to date, backed up by an impressive an introductory text it is excellent. Peter Thomas, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society 2006, 37:2

... this book has immense potential as a core key teaching resource for instructing ecology students about the importance of soils and aboveground-belowground feedbacks. In addition to recommending this as a teaching text, I strongly recommend The Biology of Soil to any ecologist who does not actively work in soils and wants to learn more about their fascinating ecology. (Trends in Ecology and Evolution and Evolution)

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Richard Bardgett is Professor of Ecology in the Institute of Environmental and Natural Sciences at the University of Lancaster, UK.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly comprehensive. 19 Sep 2012
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Contains lots of information and is very well-referenced. A great text if you are looking for an introduction, state-of-the-art or a desktop reference.

This is by no means an exhaustive compendium of the biology within the soil as this is, as it states, a community approach and therefore offers something entirely new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best dirty book I've seen!! 1 April 2008
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Excellent tour of the belowground environment, but Bardgett doesn't stop there. This book includes several insightful chapters linking the underworld with terrestrial flora and fauna. This is a must read for anyone considering a future in ecology. The Biology of Soil belongs in the hands and on the shelves of leading professionals.
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