Aboveground-Belowground Linkages: Biotic Interactions, Ecosystem Processes, and Global Change

Paperback | August 22, 2010

byRichard D. Bardgett, David A. Wardle

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Aboveground-Belowground Linkages provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive synthesis of recent advances in our understanding of the roles that interactions between aboveground and belowground communities play in regulating the structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems, and theirresponses to global change. It charts the historical development of this field of ecology and evaluates what can be learned from the recent proliferation of studies on the ecological and biogeochemical significance of aboveground-belowground linkages. The book is structured around four key topics: biotic interactions in the soil; plant community effects; the role of aboveground consumers; and the influence of species gains and losses. A concluding chapter draws together this information and identifies a number of cross-cutting themes, includingconsideration of aboveground-belowground feedbacks that occur at different spatial and temporal scales, the consequences of these feedbacks for ecosystem processes, and how aboveground-belowground interactions link to human-induced global change.

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Aboveground-Belowground Linkages provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive synthesis of recent advances in our understanding of the roles that interactions between aboveground and belowground communities play in regulating the structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems, and theirresponses to global change. It charts the hist...

Richard D. Bardgett is Editor of Journal of Ecology and is recognised as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2006. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Ecology Letters and Ecosystems and is a member of Rothamsted's Board of Directors. David A. Wardle received the NZ ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:August 22, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199546886

ISBN - 13:9780199546886

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction2. Biotic Interactions in Soil as Drivers of Ecosystem Properties3. Plant Community Influences on the Soil Community and Plant-Soil Feedbacks4. Ecosystem Level Significance of Aboveground Consumers5. Aboveground and Belowground Consequences of Species Losses and Gains6. Underlying Themes and Ways ForwardReferencesIndex