This title includes a number of Open Access chapters.
Changing land-use practices and the role of soil biological diversity has been a major focus of soil science research over the past couple of decades—a trend that is likely to continue. The information presented in this book points to a holistic approach to soil management. The first part looks at the land use effects on soil carbon storage, and considers a range of factors including carbon sequestration in soils. The second part of the book presents research investigating the interactions between soil properties, plant species, and the soil biota.
Table of Contents
Land Use Effects on Soil Carbon Storage
Carbon Storage in Soils of Southeastern Nigeria Under Different Management Practices, Martin A. N. Anikwe
Simulated Responses of Soil Organic Carbon Stock to Tillage Management Scenarios in the Northwest Great Plains, Zhengxi Tan, Shuguang Liu, Zhengpeng L., and Thomas R Loveland
Biochar: Carbon Mitigation from the Ground Up, David J. Tenenbaum
Increased Litterfall in Tropical Forests Boosts the Transfer of Soil CO2 to the Atmosphere, Emma J. Sayer, Jennifer S. Powers, Edmund V. J. Tanner
Altitudinal Variation in Soil Organic Carbon Stock in Coniferous Subtropical and Broadleaf Temperate Forests in Garhwal Himalaya, Mehraj A Sheikh, Munesh Kumar, and Rainer W. Bussmann
Dynamics of Carbon Pools in Post-Agrogenic Sandy Soils of Southern Taiga of Russia, Olga Kalinina, Sergey V. Goryachkin, Nina A. Karavaeva, Dmitriy I. Lyuri, and Luise Giani
Soil Biotic Interactions
Role of Earthworms in Tropics with Emphasis on Indian Ecosystems, Radha D. Kale and Natchimuthu Karmegam
Nutrient Status of Vermicompost of Urban Green Waste Processed by Three Earthworm Species—Eisenia fetida, Eudrilus eugeniae, and Perionyx excavates, Swati Pattnaik and M. Vikram Reddy
The Effect of Earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris L.) Population Density and Soil Water Content Interactions on Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Agricultural Soils, Andrew K. Evers, Tyler A. Demers, Andrew M. Gordon, and Naresh V. Thevathasan
Responses of Ammonia-Oxidising Bacterial Communities to Nitrogen, Lime, and Plant Species in Upland Grassland Soil, Deirdre C. Rooney, Nabla M. Kennedy, Deirdre B. Gleeson, and Nicholas J. W. Clipson
Can We Predict How Earthworm Effects on Plant Growth Vary with Soil Properties?, Kam-Rigne Laossi, Thibaud Decaëns, Pascal Jouquet, and Sébastien Barot
Fruit and Soil Quality of Organic and Conventional Strawberry Agroecosystems, John P. Reganold, Preston K. Andrews, Jennifer R. Reeve, Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, Christopher W. Schadt, J. Richard Alldredge, Carolyn F. Ross, Neal M. Davies, and Jizhong Zhou
Dr. Deirdre Rooney is currently employed in the agriculture department at Askham Bryan College, York (UK) as a lecturer in environmental and biological sciences. She graduated from University College Dublin with a BSc (Honours) in botany and subsequently completed a PhD in the field of microbial ecology, investigating soil nitrogen dynamics in grassland ecosystems. She has since carried out further research in soil microbiology, with a specific focus on plant-soil interactions, including those of soil bacteria and mycorrhizal fungi.