The Rhizosphere

  • ID: 1764839
  • Book
  • 232 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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Below the soil surface, the rhizosphere is the dynamic interface among plant roots, soil microbes and fauna, and the soil itself, where biological as well as physico-chemical properties differ radically from those of bulk soil. The Rhizosphere is the first ecologically-focused book that explicitly establishes the links from extraordinarily small-scale processes in the rhizosphere to larger-scale belowground patterns and processes. This book includes chapters that emphasize the effects of rhizosphere biology on long-term soil development, agro-ecosystem management and responses of ecosystems to global change. Overall, the volume seeks to spur development of cross-scale links for understanding belowground function in varied natural and managed ecosystems.
  • First cross-scale ecologically-focused integration of information at the frontier of root, microbial, and soil faunal biology
  • Establishes the links from extraordinarily small-scale processes in the rhizosphere to larger-scale belowground patterns and processes
  • Includes valuable information on ecosystem response to increased atmospheric carbon dioxide and enhanced global nitrogen deposition
  • Chapters written by a variety of experts, including soil scientists, microbial and soil faunal ecologists, and plant biologists
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Chapter 1: Root Interactions with Soil Microbial Communities and Processes

Chapter 2: Carbon Fluxes in the Rhizosphere

Chapter 3: Microfaunal Interactions in the Rhizosphere, How Nematodes and Protozoa Link Above- and Belowground Processes

Chapter 4: Mycorrhizas: Symbiotic Mediators of Rhizosphere and Ecosystem Processes

Chapter 5: Soil Rhizosphere Food Webs, Their Stability, and Implications for Soil Processes in Ecosystems

Chapter 6: Understanding and Managing the Rhizosphere in Agroecosystems

Chapter 7: The Contribution of Root
Rhizosphere Interactions to Biogeochemical Cycles in a Changing World

Chapter 8: The Rhizosphere and Soil Formation

Index

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Cardon, Zoe G.
Whitbeck, Julie Lynn
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