Soil Functions and Ecological Services

  • Anna Benedetti
  • Maria Teresa Dell’Abate
  • Rosario Napoli
Chapter
Part of the World Soils Book Series book series (WSBS)

Abstract

Soil functions are closely related to soil ecosystem services, defined as the complex of actions sustained by soils to guarantee life on the earth. Briefly, they can be summarized as: biodiversity and habitat, nutrient cycling, water regulation, filtering and buffering, physical stability and support.

Keywords

Soil Organic Matter Total Organic Carbon Soil Organic Carbon Microbial Biomass Soil Respiration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna Benedetti
    • 1
  • Maria Teresa Dell’Abate
    • 1
  • Rosario Napoli
    • 1
  1. 1.Consiglio per la Ricerca e Sperimentazione in Agricoltura—Centro di Ricerca per lo Studio delle Relazioni tra Pianta e SuoloRomaRoma

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