Fauna in Soil Ecosystems: Recycling Processes, Nutrient Fluxes, and Agricultural Production

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Gero Benckiser
CRC Press, Jan 2, 1997 - Technology & Engineering - 400 pages
Offers an integrated presentation of the microbial, agronomic and recycling aspects of soil faunal potentials, emphasizing agricultural ecosystems and furnishing methods for modelling food webs. The text covers morphology, reproduction, abundances, basic requirements, competition, predation, parasitism, nutrient cycling and phytopathological interactions, soil physics and agricultural management, plus methods to quantify soil faunal groups.
 

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Contents

General Introduction
1
Contributors
5
Organic Inputs and Soil Metabolism
7
Recyclers and Indicators of Agroecosystem Quality
63
Harmful and Beneficial Organisms
85
Enchytraeids
135
Oligochaeta Important Promoters
173
Important Knots in the Food Web of Soils
225
Neglected Groups
265
The Ecological Potential
307
Soil Food Web Interactions and Modeling
363
Index
387
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