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
A gardener has an intimate knowledge of soil and its crawling inhabitants, but in the area of ecology the ground is often slighted by the preservation of more distant considerations such as eagles. Coleman and Crossley (Institute of Ecology, U. of Georgia) have designed a graduate-level text integrating soil science with ecology, treating the soil as an organizing center for ecosystems while examining the activities of microbes and soil fauna, decomposition cycles, the physiology of soil organisms, and future developments in biodiversity and global change. Includes illustrations and photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)