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Above-ground trophic interactions and soil biological communities

Richard D. Bardgett

in The Biology of Soil

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780198525035
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191728181 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525035.003.0005

Series: Biology of Habitats

Above-ground trophic interactions and soil biological communities

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This chapter examines some of the many ways that above-ground herbivores may influence below-ground organisms and processes, and how these changes in soil biological properties may in turn feedback to affect above-ground primary production and the grazers themselves. It highlights the different mechanisms by which herbivores affect decomposers and their activities over various temporal and spatial scales, ranging from the individual plant to the plant community; how these mechanisms operate in different ecosystems (grasslands, Arctic tundra, and forests) is also discussed.

Keywords: herbivores; terrestrial ecosystems; soil community; Arctic tundra; forests; grasslands

Chapter.  6358 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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