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

ISBN : 9780199546879

Richard D. Bardgett; David A. Wardle
320 Pages
163 x 236 mm
Pub date
Jul 2010
Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution
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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 their responses 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, including consideration 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.


1. Introduction
2. Biotic Interactions in Soil as Drivers of Ecosystem Properties
3. Plant Community Influences on the Soil Community and Plant-Soil Feedbacks
4. Ecosystem Level Significance of Aboveground Consumers
5. Aboveground and Belowground Consequences of Species Losses and Gains
6. Underlying Themes and Ways Forward

About the author: 

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 Association of Scientists Medal in 1999, the NZ Ecological Society Research Award in 2001, and has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of NZ since 2003 and an ISI Highly Cited Researcher since 2006. He also serves or has served on a range of Editorial Boards including Science, Ecology and Ecology Letters.

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