Fauna in Soil Ecosystems: Recycling Processes, Nutrient Fluxes, and Agricultural Production, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Fauna in Soil Ecosystems

Recycling Processes, Nutrient Fluxes, and Agricultural Production, 1st Edition

Edited by Gero Benckiser

CRC Press

400 pages

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Hardback: 9780824797867
pub: 1997-01-02
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Offers an integrated presentation of the microbial, agronomic and recycling aspects of soil faunal potentials, emphasizing agricultural ecosystems and furnishing methods for modelling food webs. The text covers morphology, reproduction, abundances, basic requirements, competition, predation, parasitism, nutrient cycling and phytopathological interactions, soil physics and agricultural management, plus methods to quantify soil faunal groups.

Table of Contents

Organic inputs and soil metabolism; protozoa - recyclers and indicators of agroecosystem quality; nematodes - harmful and beneficial organisms; enchytraeids; earthworms (lumbricidae - oligochaeta) - important promoters of soil development and soil fertility; springtails and mites - important knots in the food web of soils; gastropods, isopods, diplopods and chilopods - neglected groups of the decomposer food web; spiders, carabids and staphylinids - the ecological potential of predatory macroarthropods; soil-food web interactions and their modelling.

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SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General