Fundamentals of Soil Ecology

Other | August 11, 2004

byDavid C. Coleman, David C. Coleman, D. A. Crossley, Jr.

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This fully revised and expanded edition of Fundamentals of Soil Ecology continues its holistic approach to soil biology and ecosystem function. Students and ecosystem researchers will gain a greater understanding of the central roles that soils play in ecosystem development and function. The authors emphasize the increasing importance of soils as the organizing center for all terrestrial ecosystems and provide an overview of theory and practice of soil ecology, both from an ecosystem and evolutionary biology point of view. This volume contains updated and greatly expanded coverage of all belowground biota (roots, microbes and fauna) and methods to identify and determine its distribution and abundance. New chapters are provided on soil biodiversity and its relationship to ecosystem processes, suggested laboratory and field methods to measure biota and their activities in ecosystems..

* Contains over 60% new material and 150 more pages
* Includes new chapters on soil biodiversity and its relationship to ecosystem function
* Outlines suggested laboratory and field methods
* Incorporates new pedagogical features
* Combines theoretical and practical approaches

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This fully revised and expanded edition of Fundamentals of Soil Ecology continues its holistic approach to soil biology and ecosystem function. Students and ecosystem researchers will gain a greater understanding of the central roles that soils play in ecosystem development and function. The authors emphasize the increasing importance ...

Format:OtherDimensions:408 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:August 11, 2004Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0080472818

ISBN - 13:9780080472812

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Table of Contents

Preface to First Edition
Preface to Second Edition
Historical Overview of Soils and the Fitness of the Soil Environment
Primary Production Processes in Soils: Roots and Rhizosphere Associates
Secondary Production: Activities and Functions of Heterotrophic Organisms--Microbes
Secondary Production: Activities and Functions of Heterotrophic Organisms--The Soil Fauna
Decomposition and Nutrient Cycling
Soil Foodwebs: Detritivory and Microbivory in Soils
Soil Biodiversity, and Linkages to Soil Processes
Future Developments in Soil Ecology
Laboratory and Field Exercises in Soil Ecology