Publisher description for The ecology of soil decomposition / Sina M. Adl.


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Decomposition is an ecological process that recycles dead tissues, mainly from primary production, into nutrients in the soil. This book describes trophic interactions between species that carry out the decomposition of organic matter in the soil. The key topics addressed are functional groups, spatial stratification and succession patterns over time, involving bacteria, protists, fungi, and micro-invertebrates. Emphasis is placed on the role of the species diversity in functional groups.


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Soil microbial ecology.