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Soil Biological Communities and Ecosystem Resilience

  • Illustrates the contribution of belowground biota to the overall stability of an ecosystem, with particular reference to microbial communities

  • Enriches understanding of the plethora of functions performed by soil organisms and how these can be utilized to maintain delivery of ecosystem services

  • Covers some of the latest thinking and methodological developments in the study of organisms inhabiting soils in tree dominated ecosystems

Part of the book series: Sustainability in Plant and Crop Protection (SUPP)

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Table of contents (20 papers)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Ecosystem Services Provided By Soil Microorganisms

    • Maria Ludovica Saccá, Anna Barra Caracciolo, Martina Di Lenola, Paola Grenni
    Pages 9-24
  3. Comparison of Two Molecular Methods to Assess Soil Microbial Diversity

    • Martina Di Lenola, Paola Grenni, Diogo N. Proença, Paula V. Morais, Anna Barra Caracciolo
    Pages 25-42
  4. Towards Integrated Understanding of the Rhizosphere Phenomenon as Ecological Driver: Can Rhizoculture Improve Agricultural and Forestry Systems?

    • Luis G. García-Montero, Pablo Manzano, Deaa Alwanney, Inmaculada Valverde-Asenjo, Amaya Álvarez-Lafuente, Luis F. Benito-Matías et al.
    Pages 43-75
  5. A Metagenomic Study on the Effect of Aboveground Plant Cover on Soil Bacterial Diversity

    • Mariantonietta Colagiero, Isabella Pentimone, Laura Cristina Rosso, Aurelio Ciancio
    Pages 97-106
  6. What Lies Beneath: Root-Associated Bacteria to Improve the Growth and Health of Olive Trees

    • David Ruano-Rosa, Antonio Valverde-Corredor, Carmen Gómez-Lama Cabanás, Rafael Sesmero, Jesús Mercado-Blanco
    Pages 107-122
  7. Norway Spruce Fine Roots and Fungal Hyphae Grow Deeper in Forest Soils After Extended Drought

    • Isabella Børja, Douglas L. Godbold, Jan Světlík, Nina E. Nagy, Roman Gebauer, Josef Urban et al.
    Pages 123-142
  8. Ectomycorrhizal Diversity in Beech Dominated Stands in Central Europe

    • Christoph Rosinger, Hans Sandén, Douglas L. Godbold
    Pages 143-156
  9. An Intact Soil Core Bioassay for Cultivating Forest Ectomycorrhizal Fungal Communities

    • Peter G. Avis, Ina C. Meier, Richard P. Phillips
    Pages 173-190
  10. Potential Role of Beneficial Soil Microorganisms in Plant Tolerance to Abiotic Stress Factors

    • Raffaella Balestrini, Walter Chitarra, Vasileios Fotopoulos, Michelina Ruocco
    Pages 191-207
  11. Microbial Communities, Functional Genes, and Nitrogen Cycling Processes as Affected by Tree Species

    • Relena R. Ribbons, Morag A. Mcdonald, Lars Vesterdal
    Pages 209-221
  12. Ectomycorrhizal Fungal Responses to Forest Liming and Wood Ash Addition: Review and Meta-analysis

    • Rasmus Kjøller, Carla Cruz-Paredes, Karina E. Clemmensen
    Pages 223-252
  13. Bioactive Peptaibols of Forest-Derived Trichoderma Isolates from Section Longibrachiatum

    • Tamás Marik, András Szekeres, Maria A. Andersson, Mirja Salkinoja-Salonen, Chetna Tyagi, Balázs Leitgeb et al.
    Pages 277-290
  14. Plant-Assisted Bioremediation: An Ecological Approach for Recovering Multi-contaminated Areas

    • Valeria Ancona, Paola Grenni, Anna Barra Caracciolo, Claudia Campanale, Martina Di Lenola, Ida Rascio et al.
    Pages 291-303
  15. Bioavailability of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Soil as Affected by Microorganisms and Plants

    • Jose Julio Ortega-Calvo, Rosa Posada-Baquero, José Luis Garcia, Manuel Cantos
    Pages 305-319

About this book

This volume explores current knowledge and methods used to study soil organisms and to attribute their activity to wider ecosystem functions.Biodiversity not only responds to environmental change, but has also been shown to be one of the key drivers of ecosystem function and service delivery. Soil biodiversity in tree-dominated ecosystems is also governed by these principles, the structure of soil biological communities is clearly determined by environmental, as well as spatial, temporal and hierarchical factors. Global environmental change, together with land-use change and ecosystem management by humans, impacts the aboveground structure and composition of tree ecosystems. Due to existing knowledge of the close links between the above- and belowground parts of terrestrial ecosystems, we know that soil biodiversity is also impacted. However, very little is known about the nature of these impacts; effects on the overall level of biodiversity, the magnitude and diversity of functions soil biodiversity generates, but also on the present and future stability of tree ecosystems and soils. Even though much remains to be learned about the relationships between soil biodiversity and tree ecosystem functionality, it is clear that better effort needs to be made to describe and understand key processes which take place in soils and are driven by soil biota. 


  • Soil
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystem
  • Resilience
  • Microbial

Editors and Affiliations

  • School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom

    Martin Lukac

  • National Research Council, Water Research Institute, CNR-IRSA, Rome, Italy

    Paola Grenni

  • Department of Biology, Agriculture and Food Sciences, CNR, Rome, Italy

    Mauro Gamboni

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Soil Biological Communities and Ecosystem Resilience

  • Editors: Martin Lukac, Paola Grenni, Mauro Gamboni

  • Series Title: Sustainability in Plant and Crop Protection

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing AG 2017

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-63335-0

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-87526-2

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-63336-7

  • Series ISSN: 2567-9805

  • Series E-ISSN: 2567-9821

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 347

  • Number of Illustrations: 17 b/w illustrations, 41 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Agriculture, Ecology, Forestry

Buying options

eBook USD 219.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-319-63336-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 279.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 279.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)