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Environmental Sciences - Soil Science | Interactions in Soil: Promoting Plant Growth

Interactions in Soil: Promoting Plant Growth

Dighton, John, Krumins, Jennifer Adams (Eds.)

2014, X, 231 p. 14 illus., 7 illus. in color.

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  • Provides a framework for a holistic approach to understanding the supporting role of soil biodiversity for plant growth
  • Discusses plant-soil feedbacks in natural, agricultural and urban soils
  • The book takes a novel approach by emphasizing positive as opposed to negative feedbacks in soil. This is a perspective that has been presented far less

Soil is a heterogeneous medium which supports more biodiversity per unit volume than any other system. This book explores how that biodiversity is translated into ecological functions supporting plant growth by providing both essential minerals for plant growth and other growth promoting factors like pathogen suppression. Interactions between plants and associated soil organisms evolve through trophic and non-trophic feedback mechanisms which are moderated by plant-plant interactions (allelopathy), invasive plant species and land use change and pollution. These factors are discussed in natural, agricultural and urban soil systems to provide a framework for a holistic understanding of soil as a dynamic living entity.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Plant-soil feedbacks - Soil biodiversity - Soil ecosystem services - Soil microbial ecology - Suppressive soils

Related subjects » Agriculture - Ecology - Forestry - Soil Science

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Distribution rights for India: Researchco Book Centre, New Delhi, India

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