Biological Diversity and Function in Soils

Edited by Richard Bardgett, Michael Usher and David Hopkins 
CUP  September 2005  

Paperback   448 pages  ISBN 9780521609876      £49.00
Soil has generally been regarded as something of a 'black box' by ecologists. The importance of soil is obvious: it provides physical support for plants, and both the living and non-living components contribute to a variety of important environmental functions. Soil is a species-rich habitat, but many questions about the ecological significance of the soil's biological diversity, and in particular how it affects ecosystem function, have never been asked. The linkages between above-ground ecology, which is rich in ecological theory, and below-ground ecology, where investigation has been restricted by methodological difficulties, have not been made. Recent technical developments, including isotopic and molecular methods as well as new experimental and modelling approaches, have led to a renaissance in soil biodiversity research. The key areas are reflected in this exciting new volume, which brings together many leading contributors to the new understanding of the role and importance of soil biota.
  • A major synthesis focusing explicity on soil biodiversity and ecosystem function
  • Integrates a vast body of literature on recent theoretical and technological developments in soil ecology and plant-soil relations
  • Provides a strong research basis for both policy development and practical management of soil biodiversity in a changing world


Part I. Introduction
1. Developing new perspectives from advances in soil biodiversity research Diana H. Wall, Alastair H. Fitter and Eldor A. Paul;

Part II. The Soil Environment:
2. The habitat of soil microbes Iain M. Young and Karl Ritz;
3. Twenty years of molecular analysis of bacterial communities in soils and what have we learned about function? A. G. O'Donnell, S. R. Colvan, E. Malosso and S. Supaphol;
4. Carbon as a substrate for soil organisms D. W. Hopkins and E. G. Gregorich;

Part III. Patterns and Drivers of Soil Biodiversity:
5. The use of model Pseudomonas fluorescens populations to study the cause and consequences of microbial diversity Paul B. Rainey, Michael Brockhurst, Angus Buckling, David J. Hodgson and Rees Kassen;
6. Patterns and determinants of soil biological diversity Richard D. Bardgett, Gregor W. Yeates and Jonathon M. Anderson;
7. How plant communities influence decomposer communities David A. Wardle;
8. The balance between productivity and food web structure in soil ecosystems Peter C. Ruiter, Anje-Margriet Neutel and John Moore;
9. Rhizosphere carbon-flow - a driver of soil microbial diversity? D. B. Standing, J. I. Rangel Castro, J. I. Prosser, A. Meharg and K. Killham;

Part IV. Consequences of Soil Biodiversity:
10. Microbial community composition and soil nitrogen cycling: is there really a connection? Joshua P. Schimel, Jennifer Bennett and Noah Fierer;
11. Biodiversity of saprotrophic fungi in relation to their function: do fungi obey the rules? Clare H. Robinson, E. Janie Pryce Miller and Lewis Deacon;
12. Is diversity of mycorrhizal fungi important for ecosystem functioning? J. R. Leake, D. Johnson, D. P. Donnelly, L. Boddy and D. J. Read;
13. Trophic structure and functional redundancy in soil communities Heikki Setšlš, Matty P. Berg and T. Hefin Jones;
14. Plant-soil feedback and soil biodiversity affect the composition of plant communities Wim H. Van Der Putten;
15. Response of the soil bacterial community to perturbation Allan J. McCarthy, Neil D. Gray, Thomas P. Curtis and Ian M. Head;

Part V. Applications of Soil Biodiversity:
16. Soil diversity in rapidly changing tropical landscapes: scaling down and scaling up Ken Giller, David Bignell, Patrick Lavelle, Mike Swift, Edmundo Barrios, Fatima Moreira, Meine Van Noordwijk, Isabelle Barios, Nancy Karanja and Jeroen Huising;
17. Restoration ecology and the role of soil diversity J. A. Harris, P. Grogan and R. J. Hobbs;
18. Soil biodiversity: stress and change in grasslands under restoration succession Lijbert Brussaard, Ron. G. M. De Goede, Lia Hemerik and Bart C. Verschoor;
19. Soil biodiversity, nature conservation and sustainability Michael B. Usher;

Part VI. Conclusion:
20. Underview - origins and consequences of below ground biodiversity Karl Ritz; Index.

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